Qualcomm announced the much-anticipated flagship chipset, Snapdragon 865, yesterday at its annual Snapdragon Tech Summit. The chipset, that will power the flagships of 2020, will bring some great upgrades onboard, mainly in the camera, display, and performance department.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
The Snapdragon 865 is an eight-core chipset that is based on the 7nm architecture. It sports the new Adreno 650 GPU and Kryo 585 CPU. They both get a performance boost of up to 25% as compared to the previous generation. There’s also a 5th-gen AI Engine which is two times more powerful than the Snapdragon 855 chipset’s AI Engine. Hexagon Tensor Accelerator is now 35% more power-efficient that offers 4x better performance. This will make Google Assistant faster, along with real-time language translations and other AI capabilities.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 will bring support for 8K video recording at 30fps, 4K HDR, and unlimited HD 960fps slo-mo videos. This is made possible by the new Spectra 480 Image Signal Processor (ISP) that operates at an impressive speed of up to 2 Gigapixels per second. The chipset will also support cameras up to 200MP. This indicated that a sensor with a higher resolution than Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro’s 108MP could be in the works.
With Snapdragon 865, Qualcomm will explore the uncharted territories of a higher refresh rate for the displays. The chipset supports up to 144Hz display panels, which leads the way for the desktop-grade gaming experience. Smartphones like Asus ROG Phone 2 already sport a display with 120Hz while 2019 OnePlus flagships don 90Hz display. My guess is that the Asus ROG Phone 3 might support 144Hz display. Moreover, Snapdragon’s Elite Gaming now supports Desktop Forward Rendering and Adreno Updateable GPU Drivers. So, users will have total control over their device’s GPU settings.
Qualcomm has managed to pair the existing Snapdragon X55 modem-RF system with the Snapdragon 865 chipset. This means that users can get download speeds of up to 7.5 Gbps. The chipset also supports Qualcomm’s new FastConnect 6800 mobile connectivity subsystem which has a Wi-Fi 6 certification from the Wi-Fi Alliance. Though this is great news, Qualcomm will sell Snapdragon 865 chipset and X55 modem as a package to manufacturers. What this means is that phone-makers will have to get the X55 modem while Snapdragon 865 won’t be bundled. Though the former option will be backward compatible with LTE, 3G, and 2G networks. So phones that will release in regions without 5G connectivity will still be future-proof.
The Samsung Galaxy S11 series will most definitely come with Snapdragon 865 so one can expect huge camera improvements along with fast performance.