Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Launched With Kryo 280 & Adreno 530; Will Be 40% Power Efficient Than Predecessors


The big moment is here folks. The one we've all been waiting for and what's been promised to us by the rumor mill. Qualcomm just launched the 10nm Snapdragon 835 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. While the processor had been leaked almost in entirety earlier courtesy of slides, now its good to hear Qualcomm confirm and add more details to the matter.

Qualcomm Launches The Octa Core Snapdragon 835 With Kryo 280 Cores, Adreno 540 & More

The US chipmaking giant is claiming some big numbers for the Snapdragon 835. The processor is an octa core design and features Qualcomm's upgraded Kryo cores, dubbed as Kryo 280. These have been sorted into big.LITTLE as expected. The higher performance, bit cluster will reach frequencies of 2.45GHz. The LITTLE cluster on the other hand will be able to clock at 1.9GHz. The processor also promises a 27% increase in performance numbers. For power efficiency, Qualcomm claims that the Snapdragon 835 will be 40% more efficient when compared to last year's Snapdragon 820.

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Battery life statistics are also in. The Snapdragon 835 will offer more than one day of talk time, more than five days of music playback and more than seven days of 4K streaming. The company's Quick Charge 4.0 also makes it on the processor. An interesting performance aspect for the Snapdragon 835 is what Qualcomm dubs as an 'efficiency cluster'. It refers to the smaller core cluster that's clocked at 1.9GHz and will carry out 80% of the operations on the Snapdragon 835. The processor will deliver in five key areas. These are: "ultra-fast charging and multi-day battery life, jaw-dropping virtual and live immersion, the most advanced camera capabilities, gigabit LTE connectivity, and inside-out security."

The Adreno GPU series is also back with the Snapdragon 835. The chipset is powered by the Adreno 540 GPU. It's able to support 4K@60fps and increase graphics rendering by 25%. An interesting announcement made is the ability of the processor's Hexagon 690 DSP to support Google's TensorFlow. TensorFlow will allow for a great number of new features on smartphones, such as machine learning, gesture tracking and more. These in turn, will allow for virtual assistants (Bixby anyone?), biometrics and more. As far as the X16 LTE modem goes, there's support for 4X carrier aggregation, 4X4 MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0 WiFi 802.11ad. The WiFi support will allow for transfer rates as high as 6.8Gbps.

An announcement which was leaked by Evan Blass earlier also shows several features for the Snapdragon 835. According to the document, which is shared in a link above, the 835 offers, "Snapdragon 835 offers 25 percent faster 3D graphic rendering and 60X more display colors when compared to Snapdragon 820." It also offers, "new support for Dual Photodiode (2PD) and enhancements to our hybrid auto-focus framework bring intelligent phase and lighting detection to devices". The latest Snapdragon once again comes with a lot of hype. Will Qualcomm top performance charts this year? Or will the US chip giant fall in second place to Samsung? We'll find out soon enough. Till then, stay tuned and let us know what you think in the comments section below.