The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 was teased yesterday, with an official announcement by Qualcomm. Today on day two of its Snapdragon Summit in Hawaii, Qualcomm has finally provided the details of the upcoming 865 chipset, that will certainly power most high-end Android smartphones next year. The Snapdragon 865 promises to have 25% faster CPU performance (or 25% better CPU power efficiency) and 20% faster graphics (or 35% greater GPU power efficiency) compared to the Snapdragon 855 which is quite staggering as the 855 itself was capable of very high-end performance if you judge smartphones like the OnePlus 7T Pro and the Samsung Note 10+.
Technically speaking, the CPU power gains are primarily achieved from using the ARM Cortex-A77 performance cores (which was A76 in the 855). With that being said, the configuration of the CPU is pretty much the same, with even the clocked speeds staying unchanged between present and the upcoming generations. So as before, still one Prime core (marketed as the Kryo 585) clocked up to 2.84 GHz, and 3 Performance cores (Kryo 585) with a clock speed of up to 2.4 GHz, and another 4 Kryo 385 (based on Cortex-A55) Efficiency cores clocked up to 1.8 GHz.
The new Adreno 650 GPU supports QHD+ 144Hz screens (or UHD 60Hz). The Spectra 480 ISP supports up to 200 MP main cameras or 64 MP with zero shutter lag, speculatively we’ll see staggering number of Mega Pixels in cameras in the very near future and up to 25 MP dual cameras, 4K HDR @60fps video capture with 64MP burst images or 4K @ 120 fps, or 8K @ 30 fps, as well as unlimited capture of 720p footage at 960fps. That’s proof of more and more encouragement by processors going firm on high resolution super slow motion videos.
The X55 modem is part of the package (although it’s not on the same die as the SoC), supplying both 4G and 5G connectivity, achieving theoretical maximum download speeds of 7.5Gbps on 5G and 2.5Gbps on 4G and uplinks of 3Gbps and 316Mbps, respectively, a number likely to be highly popular and tested by the internet community and enthusiasts. It supports both standalone and non-standalone 5G networks. The Snapdragon 865 is Wi-Fi 6 certified, and supports Bluetooth 5.1, aptX TWS, aptX Adaptive, and aptX Voice codecs. The Hexagon 698 and Tensor accelerator bring a 5th gen AI engine which doubles the performance of its predecessor.
For the time being, Apple has claimed to come up with the fastest processors among smartphones, and the benchmark tests do prove Apple’s claims with the A13 Bionic being the fastest of them all, especially in multi core operations. Qualcomm will be gunning to bridge that gap, along with getting the power efficiency right on their brand new processors.