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Qualcomm Fully Details Snapdragon 835, Won’t Just Power Flagship Smartphones

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Here at CES, Qualcomm just got done fully unwrapping their next flagship processor, the Snapdragon 835. To say they are excited about the year ahead, partly because of the 835, is an understatement. Qualcomm has big plans for this next-gen chip that moves beyond just the next wave of flagship phones, though it will be in most of those. But to take this chipset beyond, Qualcomm is looking at augmented reality, virtual reality, and more.

As you know, the Snapdragon 835 is Qualcomm’s first 10nm processor. What you may not have known is the fact that this processor is “35 percent smaller in package size and consumes 25 percent less power” then the Snapdragon 820/821. It also runs the Kryo 280 CPU, is equipped with Quick Charge 4.0, new Adreno 540 GPU, X16 Gigabit-Class LTE modem (Cat 13 LTE), 802.11ad WiFi, Qualcomm Haven security platform, is 4K-display ready, and can power 32MP cameras or dual 16MP  shooters. 

Outside of those goodies and how they will work in flagship phones, Qualcomm is also planning to use the 835 in VR and AR experiences. That could mean phones, like through Daydream phones or Tango, but it means newer products, like VR glasses.

The Snapdragon 835 is in production now and will start shipping in devices over the first half of 2017.

The full press release can be found below, but processor nerds are going to want to head over to Qualcomm’s site to get the dirty details. You’ll get those here.

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Press Release

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform to Power Next-Generation Immersive Experiences

— Qualcomm Technologies’ First 10nm System-on-Chip to Provide World-Class Performance and Enhanced Power Efficiency

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — At CES® 2017 today, Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., has introduced the Company’s newest premium-tier mobile platform, the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 processor with X16 LTE. The Snapdragon 835 processor is the first mobile platform to be commercially manufactured using the 10nm FinFET process node, allowing for breakthrough performance and superior power efficiency. The Snapdragon 835 is designed to support next-generation entertainment experiences and connected cloud services for premium-tier consumer and enterprise devices, including smartphones, VR/AR head-mounted displays, IP cameras, tablets, mobile PCs and other devices running a variety of OS’s including Android and Windows 10 with support for legacy Win32 apps.

Key components of the Snapdragon 835 processor include an integrated X16 LTE modem for Gigabit Class LTE connectivity, integrated 2×2 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® 5, and optional 802.11ad for Multi-gigabit connectivity. Improved processing power and performance is supported with our new Qualcomm® Kryo™ 280 CPU and Qualcomm® Hexagon™ 682 DSP, which includes support for TensorFlow for machine learning and Halide for image processing. The Snapdragon 835 also includes substantial enhancements to the Qualcomm® Adreno™ visual processing subsystem, including the new Adreno 540 GPU and Qualcomm Spectra™ 180 image sensor processor (ISP) for next-generation camera capabilities. Also new in Snapdragon 835 is the Qualcomm Haven™ security platform with enhanced security for biometrics and device attestation.

“Our new flagship Snapdragon processor is designed to meet the demanding requirements of mobile virtual reality and ubiquitous connectivity while supporting a variety of thin and light mobile designs,” said Cristiano Amon, executive vice president, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and president, QCT. “The Snapdragon 835 has an unprecedented level of technology integration that supports superior battery life, improved multimedia, and exceptional photography with gigabit class speeds for fast, immersive experiences.”

The improvements available with the Snapdragon 835 powers can be summarized across five key technology pillars underpinned with a foundation of enhanced machine learning. The five technology pillars are:

  • Battery life: The Snapdragon 835 is 35 percent smaller in package size and consumes 25 percent less power compared to our previous generation flagship processor, which equates to longer battery life and thinner designs. The Kryo 280 CPU provides a highly efficient architecture for power, while the integrated Hexagon 682 DSP adds support for TensorFlow and Halide frameworks. The combination of the CPU, GPU, DSP and software framework support in the Snapdragon 835 offers a highly-capable heterogeneous compute platform. Additionally, the Snapdragon 835 is equipped with Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 4 for up to 20 percent faster charging and up to 30 percent higher efficiency than Quick Charge 3.0;
  • Immersion: The Snapdragon 835 is designed to simultaneously meet the high performance demands, thermal limits and power efficiency constraints of the next-generation virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) designs, and supports Daydream, Google’s platform for high quality, mobile VR. Many improvements were made to enhance visual quality, sound quality and intuitive interactions. Such improvements include up to a 25 percent increase in 3-D graphics rendering performance and support of up to 60 times more colors with the Adreno 540 visual processing subsystem. Snapdragon 835 also supports 4K Ultra HD premium (HDR10) video, wide color gamut 10-bit displays, object and scene-based 3D audio, and outstanding VR/AR motion tracking that includes our own sensor fusion-based six degrees of freedom (6DoF);
  • Capture: The Snapdragon 835 enhances both still and video capture experience with smooth optical zoom capabilities, fast auto-focus technologies and HDR true-to-life colors with perceptual quantization video encoding. At the core of the capture experience is the Qualcomm Spectra 180 camera ISP, featuring dual 14-bit ISPs that will enable up to 32MP single or dual 16MP cameras for the ultimate photography and videography experience;
  • Connectivity: The Snapdragon 835 comes with an integrated X16 Gigabit-Class LTE modem, with integrated 2×2 802.11ac Wave-2 and 802.11ad Multi-gigabit Wi-Fi, making it the first commercial processor equipped to deliver Gigabit-Class connectivity at home and on the go. With several Gigabit LTE networks expected to be rolled out around the globe in 2017 and increasing use of 802.11ad, the Snapdragon 835 is designed to empower a new generation of connected experiences in the areas of VR/AR, infinite cloud storage, rich entertainment and instant apps;
  • Security: The Qualcomm Haven security platform provides support for fingerprint, eye and face-based biometrics. It also includes hardware-based user authentication, device attestation, and device security for use cases such as mobile payments, enterprise access, and users’ personal data;
  • Pillars bolstered by machine learning: Upgrades to the Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine software framework include support for Google’s TensorFlow and enhancements to Hexagon DSP with Hexagon Vector eXtentions (HVX), including custom neural network-layer support, and power and performance optimizations on Snapdragon heterogeneous cores. OEMs and software developers using machine learning can now enable rich experiences such as intelligent photography, strong security and privacy protection, smart automobiles and personal assistants, and responsive and true-to-life VR and AR.

The Snapdragon 835 features:

  • Kryo 280 CPU with four performance cores running at up to 2.45 GHz and four efficiency cores running up to 1.9GHz;
  • an integrated Snapdragon X16 LTE modem with support for Category 16 LTE download speeds up to one gigabit per-second, and Category 13 LTE upload speeds up to 150 megabits per-second;
  • integrated 2×2 11ac MU-MIMO with up to 50 percent reduction in size and up to 60 percent reduction in Wi-Fi power consumption, compared to the Snapdragon 820;
  • 802.11ad Multi-gigabit Wi-Fi, offering up to 4.6 gigabits per-second peak speed;
  • the world’s first certified Bluetooth 5 commercial technology offering up to two megabits per-second speed and a suite of features that enable many new use cases. (Bluetooth, FM radio, Wi-Fi and RF offered through companion WCN3990 solution);
  • Adreno 540 GPU with support for OpenGL ES 3.2, full OpenCL 2.0, Vulkan and DX12;
  • Hexagon 682 DSP with HVX;
  • Qualcomm All-Ways Aware™ technology with support for the Google Awareness API;
  • dual-channel LP DDR4x memory at 1866MHz;
  • Qualcomm Location with support for GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, and QZSS systems, which in combination with LTE/Wi-Fi/Bluetooth connectivity to provide “always-on” location and context awareness;
  • up to 32 MP single and 16 MP dual-camera with Qualcomm Spectra 180 ISP, 2x ISP, 14-bit, hybrid autofocus (laser/contrast/structured light/dual-phase detection AF), Qualcomm® Clear Sight™, optical zoom, hardware accelerated face detection and HDR video recording;
  • 4K Ultra HD video capture @ 30 fps, up to 4K Ultra HD video playback @ 60 fps, support for H.264 (AVC) and H.265 (HEVC);
  • maximum On-Device and External Display Support including Ultra HD Premium™ ready, 4K @60fps, wide color gamut support, 10-bit color depth;
  • Quick Charge 4 technology;
  • the Snapdragon security platform including the Qualcomm® SecureMSM™ hardware and software and the Qualcomm Haven security suite;
  • Qualcomm Aqstic™ WCD9341 audio codec combined with Snapdragon 835 supports an audiophile grade DAC with 32-bit/384kHz support with an SNR at 115dB and ultra-low -105dB THD+N and native DSD hi-fi audio playback. Additionally, the Snapdragon 835 supports Qualcomm® aptX™ and aptX HD Bluetooth audio with 2x improved power for wireless connectivity;
  • manufactured on 10nm FinFET technology.

The Snapdragon 835 is in production now and is expected to ship in commercial devices in the first half of 2017. Please stop by Qualcomm Technologies’ CES booth #10948 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center to see live demos or visit our website for more information: www.qualcomm.com/products/snapdragon.

About Qualcomm

Qualcomm’s technologies powered the smartphone revolution and connected billions of people.  We pioneered 3G and 4G – and now, we are leading the way to 5G and a new era of intelligent, connected devices. Our products are revolutionizing industries including automotive, computing, IoT and healthcare, and are allowing millions of devices to connect with each other in ways never before imagined. Qualcomm Incorporated includes our licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of our patent portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, all of our engineering, research and development functions, and all of our products and services businesses, including our semiconductor business, QCT, and our mobile, automotive, computing, IoT and healthcare businesses.

  • Casey

    Should I cancel my Pixel XL order?

  • UniBroW

    This probably isn’t the place for this but the god damn ads need to be fixed here https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d4edf469e59043ac34c14ab3a58b959291cf823b31515539e074a36c0a73516e.png

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      stupid redirects because of mobile chrome app.

      Mobile pages suck.

      Google needs to make a permanent Full Site chrome app for mobile devices, most phones can handle it now, and all the sh$tty redirects won’t bother people anymore, a waste of time.

      • UniBroW

        I usually use Adguard for my adblocking needs because of this but I didn’t have it on and tend to not use it when I’m visiting here and Android Police ¯_(ツ)_/¯

  • For the love of god, stop making phones bigger and thinner. Some of us still want something that’s portable and has a nice, thick battery.

    • Lowenart

      I like bigger and thinner…

  • Danmheadache

    Any new processors for the cars?

  • Daistaar

    I’m curious about that Vulkan API support as it was pretty null on the S7. I think to date only two games are built with the API on Android and we’ve yet to see the OS take advantage of the rendering and energy efficiency. Here’s to hoping Nougat takes more advantage of Vulkan and the 821 as Devs certainly haven’t.

  • interstellarmind

    It always perplexes me that these chips keep getting more and more efficient, yet Screen on Time still continues to hover at around 4-5 hours (on average).

    • Jon

      This^^^ it’s because people like the guy above you think you need 4k on a cell phone screen..

      • Tyler Durden

        Resolution hardly has an impact on battery. Besides, as I said, 7+ hours screen on time with the S7 Edge. Too bad you all buy worse phones

        • Jon

          But.. your screen has an edge. That’s pretty gay

        • Big EZ

          The Edge battery is 1/6 bigger than the S7, but it has a larger display. I doubt many people have that same experience if they use their phone like a smartphone. I bet my wife wishes her S7 would get 7+ hours instead of 4-5 hours.

        • Tyler Burden

          Hey guys, I get 32+ hours of screen on time with my S7 Edge. Sorry I don’t have any screenshots showing this, or when my last charge was, but you’ll just have to take my word for it. And I definitely understand that the higher resolution display itself barely uses more battery than the exact same display but with a lower resolution, but the cpu and gpu need to work harder pushing more pixels for games and videos for a higher resolution, which does have an impact on battery life. Too bad you all buy worse phones.

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      • michael arazan

        When a Battery can handle a 4k screen, then 4K screens should be standard. Pretty sad when a 3200 mAh battery can’t get me through 8 hours of constant use.

    • Chad

      While phones are able to do more and more (besides keeping the every increasing displays on)

    • trevorsalienarms

      Sure it has nothing to do with the average armada of half-baked, janky gaming and social media apps with every single notification set to “on”, high accuracy location setting as the default, Google Now cards enabled, brightness setting cranked full time, etc, etc.

      There is an enormous amount of variability that impacts battery life. Perplexed that anyone is perplexed by this. Comparing screen on time between two devices is useless unless they are set up and being used exactly the same way.

  • The Dude

    Bluetooth 5, that’s all the reason I need to wait for this.

  • Tyler Durden

    If it supports h.265 all the way, hope we see apps like Netflix/VUDU/Amazon/etc start supporting 4K playback on the devices.

  • cdm283813

    Sounds like a beast on paper but I want to hear about real world performance on a skinned Android phone.

  • Trysta

    Now if only Android OEMs can put this in phones without simultaneously shrinking the battery or adding a 4K display, we might get a meaningful improvement in battery life!

    • Tyler Durden

      S8 should have a 4K display, if it doesn’t, I don’t see the point in upgrading or even making the device. Battery was already 7+ hours SOT on the S7 Edge

      • Aaron

        But why would one want or need a 4K screen on a phone? 2K is more than pixel-dense enough for VR.

        • UniBroW

          It’s not really though but probably enough at the moment for mobile

        • Eric R.

          No it’s not

        • Rimtu Kahn

          Someone such as yourself once also asked why would one want or need a colour screen on a phone and a multitude other similar questions. Just as those questions have been answered, trust me, so will yours.

          • Aaron

            There’s also a thing known as diminishing returns to consider. Trust me. Most people would rather just have the better battery performance.

        • Big EZ

          I agree that 2k is perfect for phones (for me), it wouldn’t be for VR. I just don’t care about VR and would rather have 2k and better battery life.

      • SA_NYC

        Man, I must be doing something seriously wing with mine, I get disappointinly short life on mine. The only serious drawback of this otherwise brilliant phone IMO.

        • moew

          Don’t ever launch the Samsung APp store and expect battery life without rebooting.

          • SA_NYC

            Thanks for the tip. Pretty sure I’ve never once opened the Sammy app store even a single for time on 5 Sammy phones now…Just confirmed I don’t have it open now, although checking did remind me that I have one edge panel running, despite never ever accessing it since the very first time I tried it. I wonder if that’s hurting battery life.

  • Jeff “BIG RED”

    Will it blend?😁

  • jimt

    Seems like a great chip to use in the Pixel XXL with front facing speakers.

    • cdm283813

      Could be on the SD 840 by the time the next Pixel is released. But then again Google might hold back the clock speed.

    • michael arazan

      Yes and Yes, just make the chin’s 2 large speakers

  • Orlando aka Pixel XL

    Number one site for CES coverage, thanks

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  • CabbageHeadCat.

    I sense it is time for Google to dust off the old Google Glass and merge it with Daydream.

    • MJ

      What? LOL

    • michael arazan

      Daydream VR with Google Glass, and we’ll all start to look like Daft Punk walking around

  • Brent Cooper

    Wish an android processor could surpass what Apple puts out. But I love that the 835 has qc 4.0 and ad wifi! Won’t buy a phone without a Qualcomm processor simply for the fact of quick charge!

    • T4rd

      Fun fact: Quick charging is not exclusive to devices with Qualcomm’s SoCs. Also, not all devices with Qualcomm’s SoCs support (their proprietary version of) quick charging. See: 2015 and 2016 (international) Samsung phones (Exynos-based with Qualcomm’s Quick Charging 2.0), LG G3, Oneplus 2/3/3T, Nexus 5X/6P, Pixel phones (all phones with Qualcomm’s SoC, but their own methods of quick charging).

      • moew

        Fun fact; tl;boaring

        • T4rd

          Yet you read it and even commented! Lolz

    • michael arazan

      Most Android phone processors have been substantially larger in Ghz processing speeds and Ram if you check the specs over the years. I have and they have been more powerful than iphones

      • Cory S

        “substantially larger in Ghz” does not mean more powerful unless they are directly related processors of the same design/generation.

  • T4rd

    Nice, I hope we have another 800/801 series on our hands. It seems Qualcomm hasn’t really made a flagship SoC with consistent (no or little throttling) performance and that was as big of an upgrade from the previous gen since then. I wish TI and Nvidia were still in the mobile SoC market for phones still to keep Qualcomm on their toes. They still can’t seem to touch Apple’s A series chips.

    • MJ

      A general purpose Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC won’t ever be and doesn’t need to be as fast as an Axx series chipset. The A10 is custom designed to run iOS and only iOS which is useless for the majority of people.

      • T4rd

        I know how and why the A series chips are developed. I’m just saying Qualcomm’s SoCs aren’t nearly as fast or efficient on Android. This equates to much better power efficiency, which should be why you should want Qualcomm to compete better as well. Because we all want better battery life, right? We don’t “need” the speed they’re running at now, but you should want it so it spends less time at max clocks and more time near idle, to get you through the day easier.

        • MJ

          I am just saying Qualcomm SoCs arn’t optimized for Android exclusively so not sure how they can match the A10 on iOS. Battery? My Pixel XL has no problem getting me to the end of the day.

          • T4rd

            I dunno man, I’m not a computer engineer, but I can guarantee you that it’s possible given the proper R&D in hardware and software support for it. Your Pixel XL also needs a much larger battery to do that compared to the 7 Plus. If Apple put a 3500 mAh battery in an iPhone, nothing would compare to it.

          • MJ

            Well, considering my phone already gets me thru the day already I prefer more performance. Again, I don’t care what an iPhone can do because the platform is useless to me.

          • ddevito

            you, as you often do Skippy, missed the point. He was talking about the sheer performance of the AXX series from Apple, which is light years ahead of ANYTHING else. Period. But keep deflecting, you’re good at it. Oh wait, no you’re not.

          • Turb0wned

            And even with the smaller battery, the ip7 plus battery life still runs laps over the Pixel XL.

    • Tom S

      Are you the same T4rd from the [H] or a whole different dude?

      • T4rd

        Same T4rd, haha. What’s your name on there? Don’t recognize you from the forum.

        • Tom S

          I’m the demigod known as GilmourD. :p

    • Daistaar

      When their only competition is Samsung’s Exynos and lower-end MediaTek, they get to coast. Seems the only ones they try to compete with are Samsung for entry into their flagship. That’s where the money is.

  • Guest

    Its such big news the entire article made the first page!

    • Fozzybare

      Seems like someone forgot to add a break! haha

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