Qualcomm offers a sneak peek at the Snapdragon 865 and Snapdragon 765/765G Mobile Platforms with integrated 5G

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Mobile Platform is now official. (Source: Qualcomm)
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Mobile Platform is now official. (Source: Qualcomm)
At the Snapdragon Tech Summit 2019 in Hawaii, Qualcomm showed off its next generation ARM SoCs — the Snapdragon 865 and the Snapdragon 765/765G. While full technical details about the new SoCs are still awaited, Qualcomm did indicate that the Snapdragon 765/765G feature integrated 5G, advanced AI, and select Snapdragon Elite Gaming experiences.

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We have been seeing sporadic leaks about Qualcomm's successor to the Snapdragon 855 over the past few months. Now, at the Snapdragon Tech Summit 2019 in Hawaii, Qualcomm has finally taken wraps off two new Snapdragon SoCs — the flagship Snapdragon 865 and the Snapdragon 765/765G. Both SoCs support 5G and are built for the next generation of smartphones with advanced gaming and AI features. The first smartphones with the new Snapdragon chips are expected to be launched in early 2020. This should make the upcoming MWC in Barcelona particularly exciting.

Qualcomm has not yet made a statement about the exact specifications, which will follow in the coming days, as well as initial benchmarks and performance analyses. The integration of 5G into the mid-range Snapdragon 765 series SoCs will significantly accelerate the adoption of 5G, according to Qualcomm. By 2022, the manufacturer expects more than 1.4 billion 5G-enabled smartphones worldwide.

We will cover the globe with 5G. (Christiano Amon, President Qualcomm Inc.)

The providers are also expected to make rapid progress with regard to the provision of 5G. A key feature for this is DSS "Dynamic Spectrum Sharing", which enables the network provider to operate 4G and 5G in parallel. According to Qualcomm, the widespread implementation of 5G will dramatically change the role of the cloud as the central hub of all applications, or move it to the center. 

5G will be the area of the super-apps. (Christiano Amon, President Qualcomm Inc.)

Applications such as "real time cloud gaming", i.e. the provision of computing power via the cloud, "augmented reality" or "next generation user generated content" (e.g. 3D content), via perpetual access to theoretically infinitely large cloud memories, or real-time communication between devices, inspire the imagination with regard to a virtually limitless potential of 5G.

Let us come to the first communicated information about the new Snapdragon chips 865 and 765/765G. Qualcomm is the first manufacturer to integrate a 5G multimode modem (5G and LTE) directly into the 765G chip, supporting both frequencies below 6 GHz and mmWave.

In the case of the flagship SoC Snapdragon 865, the integration of the modem has been dispensed with, in contrast to the previous high-end SoC Snapdragon 855. The Snapdragon X55 5G modem must be specially combined with the 865 chip by the respective manufacturer. Reasons for this have not yet been explained, but the complexity of 5G on the one hand, and the high performance requirements of the 865 processor (thermal management) on the other hand, may not have allowed a fusion of the two parts at this point in time. Qualcomm speaks of 15 TOPS for the performance of the Snapdragon 865, double the previous Snapdragon version (855). A comparison of the two CPU packages shows that, despite the lack of a modem in the Snapdragon 865, both are about the same size.

Consumers buy a camera phone not just a phone. (Christiano Amon, President Qualcomm Inc.)

Special attention was also paid to the camera functions. The integrated Image Signal Processor (ISP) should be able to process gigantic 2 gigapixels per second. This will enable a recording rate of 8K 30fps, with 64 megapixels available for each video image. In addition to "desktop features into mobile gaming", but without going into details, "sustained performance" with CPU and GPU, i.e. no throttling even with sustained high power output, was announced. Qualcomm also announces a novelty in fingerprint sensor technology: 3D Sonic Max works with a significantly larger sensor range, allowing two fingers to be scanned simultaneously.

We will keep you updated with the latest information from the Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit 2019. Here are a few photos of the Snapdragon 865 and the Snapdragon 765/765G as well as size comparisons with an American 1 cent coin.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 vs. 1-Cent-Coin. (Source: Qualcomm)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 vs. 1-Cent-Coin. (Source: Qualcomm)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 5G vs. 1-Cent-Coin. (Source: Qualcomm)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 5G vs. 1-Cent-Coin. (Source: Qualcomm)


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J. Simon Leitner, Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2019-12- 3 (Update: 2019-12- 4)
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I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.