Qualcomm announced the next flagship processor – Snapdragon 855. According to the information, the company has confirmed the rumours that the chip is due out in 2019. The Snapdragon 855 is a direct successor to the last year’s very popular Snapdragon 845. It brings performance improvements, better power efficiency and becomes the mainstream chipset to support x50 5G modem. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 will likely to be found on premium and high-end Android Phones in 2019. It is also expected to make its way to Windows 10 Laptops.
Like every year, Qualcomm says their new mobile platform is faster and more efficient. It is interesting to see how the minor individual improvements add up to something substantial.
So what are the improvements added to the newer Snapdragon 855? Here’s some of what the company promised.
Network & Connectivity
Qualcomm has announced the world’s first 5G modem, the X50 to increase download speed up by 20 times. However, the X50 modem not be integrated into the Snapdragon 855 mobile platform. The X50 modem is available as an add-on for the manufacturer willing to integrate into their devices. The Snapdragon 855 platform will come with a Cat20 4G modem offering up to 2Gbps download speeds, called the X24. Additionally, it also makes use of a new WiFi chipset. It will offer speeds up to 10Gbps with support for 60GHz WiFi frequency.
According to Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 845 will be integrated with the fourth generation mobile artificial intelligence platform. Qualcomm has worked with Nalbi, an AI software firm focused on vision solutions. The new chipset is three times powerful than its predecessor. The increase in advanced artificial intelligence plays an important role in better image processing. The chip also offers improved voice recognition and low-power voice processing. It can generate 7 trillion per seconds by utilizing all the three cores.
The new image signal processor supports 4K HDR video capture with portrait mode and world’s first to capture HDR10+ video. This also includes HDR10+ playback up to 120fps and 8K playback and support for 360-degree videos. According to specs, the camera can capture up to 10-bit colour depth while recording video, that provides 64 times more HDR colour information than its predecessor. It even becomes the first Snapdragon mobile platform to support High Efficiency Image Format (HEIF) to save photos, videos and computer vision data. HEIF’s saved photos are half the size of JPEGs with no downgrade in quality, which means you can store more pictures on your phone and use fewer network data while sharing with your friends.
The most important aspect of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 is how it performs, both in terms of speed and how the chip uses a battery. The CPU in the Snapdragon 855 is called the Kryo 485 based on a new 7nm process technology, features eight cores. It has one high-performance core, which has a clocked speed of 2.84GHz. There are three performance cores clocked at 2.42GHz and the rest four cores are clocked at 1.80GHz for efficiency. This gives a 45 percent CPU performance boost over its predecessor, which is a surprisingly big lift for more demanding applications.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 also features a powerful Adreno 640 promising a 30% improvement in both performance and efficiency. On top of that, while the Snapdragon 855 uses less battery, it can also charge faster, thanks to Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4.0+.
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