Last year, Qualcomm launched the Snapdragon 821 as a stop-gap processor to power a number of premium phones like Google's Pixel and Pixel XL and OnePlus' 3T until its next-generation processor, the Snapdragon 835 arrived. Now that it has arrived, here's a detailed look at what it is capable of and how different it is from the Snapdragon 820 which powers existing premium phones and phablets.
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The new Snapdragon 835 chip is based on Samsung's 10nm FinFET technology which makes it much smaller compared to the Snapdragon 820. The new technology allows for 30% increase in area efficiency, 27% higher performance and up to 40% lower power consumption compared to 14nm-based chipsets like Exynos 8890 or Snapdragon 820. It's low footprint will allow manufacturers to add larger batteries or to make their phones even thinner than they are now. It's low power consumption, combined with Qualcomm's new Quick Charge 4.0 technology, will ensure longer battery life and quick replenishment of your upcoming phones, letting you use them for longer hours while travelling.
Capable of powering laptops, smartphones and tablets, the Snapdragon 835 chip features a new X16 LTE modem which supports download speeds up to 10x as fast as first generation 4G LTE devices. The peak download and upload speeds it can support will be 1 Gbps and 150 Mbps respectively. Featuring an octa-core Kryo 280 CPU, Snapdragon 835 will run four 2.45 GHz cores which will support VR, web browsing and app usage and four 1.9 GHz cores which will ensure power efficiency.
Considering the chip's capabilities, an optimal smartphone housing it will be able to capture 4K Ultra HD videos at 30 frames per second, play 4K Ultra HD videos at 60 frames per second, feature a 4K Ultra HD display, run the latest Bluetooth 5.0 tech, be NFC-compatible, feature two 16-MP main cameras or a 32-MP main camera with 2X ISP and Hybrid Autofocus and get charged from zero to 50 percent in about 15 minutes thanks to Quick Charge 4.0. Qualcomm also claims that thanks to Quick Charge 4, five minutes of charging will add five hours of battery life in your phone.
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The Adreno 540 GPU in Snapdragon 835 is capable of supporting 25% faster graphics rendering and 60x more display colours compared to the GPU in Snapdragon 820. It can also support real-life-quality visuals for exciting immersive experiences, making itself ideal for virtual reality and augmented reality experiences.
Here's a spec-by-spec comparison between Snapdragon 835 and its predecessor, the Snapdragon 820: