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CES 2017 | Qualcomm officially announces Snapdragon 835 SoC

Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 835 is expected to power top flagship smartphones and tablets. (Source: Qualcomm)
Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 835 is expected to power top flagship smartphones and tablets. (Source: Qualcomm)
The flagship SoC from mobile giant Qualcomm is the first mobile platform to be manufactured using a 10 nm FinFET process. Specifically tailored for VR experiences and UHD media, the SoC promises improved power in a smaller, more efficient package.

Qualcomm has officially unveiled the Snapdragon 835 SoC, their flagship package expected to power 2017’s flagship class mobile devices. The first mobile SoC to be manufactured on a 10 nm FinFET process, the Snapdragon 835 promises some major improvements in computing power, graphical performance, and battery efficiency.

The Snapdragon 835 has quite the list of components, including an “integrated X16 LTE modem for Gigabit Class LTE connectivity, integrated 2x2 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® 5, and optional 802.11ad for Multi-gigabit connectivity.” Qualcomm incorporated these powerful connectivity options in anticipation of “Gigabit LTE networks expected to be rolled out around the globe in 2017 and increasing use of 802.11ad.”

In addition to the adoption of faster communication protocols, the Snapdragon 835 is focused on modern media consumption. Thanks to the powerful Adreno 540 GPU, devices powered by the Snapdragon 835 will be prepared to deliver next-generation media. The SoC is tailored for flawless VR and AR experiences (including Google Daydream) and 4K Ultra HD premium video with support for HDR10, H.264 (AVC) and H.265 (HEVC) codecs, 10-bit color displays, and 3D audio.

Shutterbugs can expect to see some notable improvements in image and video capture as well. The Snapdragon 835 includes two 14-bit ISPs that support up to a single 32 MP or dual 16 MP cameras and 4K UHD video recording at 30 frames per second.

Despite the improvements in graphical and processing power, the Snapdragon 835 “consumes 25 percent less power compared to [Qualcomm’s] previous generation flagship processor.” The new SoC is also 35 percent smaller, which should allow smartphone manufacturers to either design thinner devices or fit larger batteries inside a similarly sized chassis. Support for Qualcomm’s new Quick Charge 4 also allows “up to 20 percent faster charging and up to 30 percent higher efficiency than Quick Charge 3.0.”

The Snapdragon 835 is currently being produced. Qualcomm expects Android and Windows 10 devices equipped with the SoC to begin shipping in the first half of 2017.


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Sam Medley, 2017-01- 3 (Update: 2017-01- 3)