Snapdragon 865: The new monster
Qualcomm revealed specs of Snapdragon 865: With a series of improvements, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 promises to change the landscape of the smartphone industry in 2020.
The first smartphone using this chip set will be released in the first quarter of 2020.
On December 4, Qualcomm launched the Snapdragon 865 chip platform with a series of new features. Many experts believe this is a major breakthrough for Qualcomm compared to previous generations of chips. Instead of focusing on processing speed like every year, Qualcomm built a hardware platform for Android devices.
According to Qualcomm, the company took 3 years to form the Snapdragon 865 processor as it is today. In particular, the first year, the company focused on creating basic values such as LTE connectivity, dual cameras, HDR … In the second year, the company shaped, removed unnecessary features, added features capabilities like fingerprint scanner, 4 cameras, 4K HDR and gaming.
In particular, 5G technology is determined by Qualcomm as the main direction. The company invests more than 10,000 engineers to research this technology. “The 5G network will open up exciting new opportunities for users to connect and communicate in ways we never imagined. We are pleased to be able to contribute to promoting the use of 5G networks worldwide, “said Cristiano Amon, President of Qualcomm Corporation.
The Snapdragon chipset will come with a 5G X55 network modem with 6 mm Wave connectivity.
In terms of image processing, Qualcomm’s Spectra 480 chip enables 2 Gigapixel/s processing. Also, in each processing cycle, it can combine 4 pixels instead of 1 as before.
Kryo 585 processor of Snapdragon 865 uses Cotex A77 and A55 cores with the highest speed up to 2.84 Ghz.
The Hexagon 698 Digital Signal Processor of Snapdragon 865 has a 4-fold performance increase, saving 35% energy.
The artificial intelligence (AI) chip on Qualcomm’s high-end chip set can handle 15,000 billion operations a second. This speed is 2 times faster than the 855 generation. The AI Benchmark results show that the processing power of Snapdragon 865 is almost double that of Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro.
In addition to the powerful processor cores, Qualcomm also added cores to help calibrate and save battery power for the whole system.
In terms of security, Qualcomm confirms that the phone uses the Snapdragon 855 chip capable of integrating the most important documents of users without fear of risks such as citizen identification, bank cards. Besides, Snapdragon 865 can support 2 physical SIMs and 2 nano SIMs at the same time.
At the event, Qualcomm showcased the processing capabilities of Snapdragon by converting voice into writing and translating it into other languages in real time.
The highlight of the event is that Qualcomm and Google “shook hands” to create a new standard that makes it easier for developers to program. In the past, the Android market was fragmented when hardware vendors didn’t have a common voice. With the combination of the hardware SDK and the Google and Qualcomm software APIs, the software easily adapts to the hardware 3-5 times.
At this event, Qualcomm launched a new image format called HEIF. This format helps reduce 50% of storage. At the same time, photographic location information and depth of field are retained.
The depth-of-field layer separation allows users to edit the background after taking photos on the phone and computer editing software.
Image layer separation technology helps improve image processing capabilities. Smartphones in 2020 can distinguish each element of an image. From there give out appropriate editing algorithm.
Smartphone uses chip Snapdragon 865 capable of 8K movie recording, shooting still images when recording movies with a resolution of 33 MP.
The smartphone uses Snapdragon 865 chip capable of super slow motion at 960 frames per second with unlimited duration. This is a valuable improvement, making super slow motion shooting more practical. Previously, users were forced to align the moment when the motion took place to shoot. Now, users can shoot for unlimited lengths of 960 frames per second.
Besides, Snapdragon 865 also has the ability to handle Dolby Vision video, supports 200 MP photos, 4K video recording at 120 frames per second, super smooth zoom.
In particular, Snapdragon 865 owns the first mobile GPU capable of upgrading drivers from Google Play.
Besides, Snapdragon 865 is also the first mobile chip to support gaming with 144 Hz scanning speed, the ability to handle gaming graphics.
With a series of improvements from performance to solving platform issues, 5G connectivity … Snapdragon 865 promises to make the 2020 smartphone market more exciting.