Qualcomm formally detailed the Snapdragon 835 during its CES keynote, serving up a look at what's new in this year's flagship SoC. The Snapdragon 835 offers improvements across the board, and Qualcomm has incorporated a slew of new features, including Bluetooth 5, gigabit LTE, 802.11ad Wi-Fi, and much more.
The 14nm Snapdragon 820/821 was no slouch, but the move to the 10nm node has allowed Qualcomm to register huge gains in energy efficiency and performance. The Snapdragon 835 is 27% faster while consuming 40% less energy, with the overall size being 30% smaller than the previous generation. Here's a look at some of the key areas where the SoC differs from last year's offering:
|Category||Snapdragon 835||Snapdragon 821|
|Node||10nm FinFET (LPE)||14nm FinFET (LPP)|
|CPU||Four 2.45GHz Kryo 280 cores
Four 1.9GHz Kryo 280 cores
|Two 2.35GHz Kryo cores
Two 1.6GHz Kryo cores
(OpenGL ES 3.2, OpenCL 2.0, Vulkan 1.0, DirectX 12)
(OpenGL ES 3.1, OpenCL 2.0, Vulkan 1.0, DirectX 11.2)
|Camera||Dual ISP up to 32MP
16MP dual camera
|Dual ISP up to 28MP|
|Modem||X16 gigabit LTE
Download up to 1000Mbit/sec
Upload up to 150Mbit/sec
Download up to 600Mbit/sec
Upload up to 150Mbit/sec
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 5||Bluetooth 4.2|
|Wi-Fi||802.11ad multi-gigabit Wi-Fi||802.11ac gigabit Wi-Fi|
|Charging||Quick Charge 4.0||Quick Charge 3.0|
We'll have to wait until the Snapdragon 835 makes its way to consumer devices — which is slated to be sometime later this quarter — before we can take a detailed look at how it fares next to last year's Snapdragon 820/821. However, based on the hardware and the node shrink, it looks like it will be another good year for Qualcomm in the high-end mobile SoC space.
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