Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 835 to boost battery life, VR experience on Android

Company claims Snapdragon 835 processor uses 25% less power than its predecessor

Tech Desk January 04, 2017
The Snapdragon 835 boasts virtual and augmented reality capabilities, with faster 3D graphics rendering and 60 times more colours. PHOTO: QUALCOMM

Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 835 mobile processor is expected to feature improved performance, more efficient components, and new capabilities for virtual reality and taking photos.

Expected to launch during the first half of this year, the Snapdragon 835 is a successor to 2016 Snapdragon 820 flagship. Apart from the improved specs, Qualcomm has said that the processor uses 25 per cent less power than its predecessor leading to 2.5 more hours of talk time.

Snapdragon 835 processor is equipped with the latest version of the company’s fast charging port dubbed the Quick Charge 4.0 which is fully compatible with the USB Type-C industry standard.

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Apart from this, the Snapdragon 835 boasts virtual and augmented reality capabilities, with faster 3D graphics rendering and 60 times more colours.

Below are some of its specifications:


  • Kryo 280 CPU with four performance cores running at up to 2.45 GHz and four efficiency cores running up to 1.9GHz

  • Snapdragon X16 LTE modem with support for Category 16 LTE and Category 13 LTE upload speeds

  • Qualcomm Location with support for GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, and QZSS systems

  • 2x2 11ac MU-MIMO, 802.11ad Multi-gigabit Wi-Fi Bluetooth 5, 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

  • 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)

  • Ultra HD Premium™ ready, 4K @60fps, wide color gamut support, 10-bit color depth, Quick Charge 4

  • Qualcomm Aqstic™ WCD9341 audio codec with support for audiophile grade DAC with 32-bit/384kHz, 10nm FinFET technology

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In terms of image capture, the new platform includes native support for optical zoom systems and better autofocus technologies along with enhanced electronic image stabilisation for capturing video. The 835 is also the first of the Snapdragon processors that support Ultra HD 4K Premium video playback, including HDR 10.

Snapdragon has dominated the premium smartphone world, with its processor placed on nearly every flagship Android device in the market.

This article originally appeared on The Verge.


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