Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 835 with Quick Charge 4.0
Qualcomm has revealed the name of its next-generation smartphone processor, the Snapdragon 835. The new chip, due to arrive in devices early next year, has the company’s latest Quick Charge 4.0 technology and is based on a 10nm manufacturing process. The 835 will replace the popular Snapdragon 820/821 as the company’s top-tier mobile processor. Qualcomm also confirmed rumors that it will be built by Samsung using its 10-nanometer FinFET process.
Qualcomm isn’t providing many details on the Snapdragon 835, but it says the new 10nm process it is based on will lead to better performance and improved power efficiency. (The Snapdragon 820 was based on a larger, 14nm process.) The company is providing a few more details about Quick Charge 4.0, however. The latest generation of Qualcomm’s fast charging technologies, Quick Charge 4.0 is promised to provide faster charging; greater compatibility with various devices, cables, and chargers; and more safety features. Qualcomm’s tagline for it is “5 hours of use from just 5 minutes of charging.” It is 20 percent faster and 30 percent more efficient than Quick Charge 3.0.
Other companies, including Intel and TMSC, are working on 10-nanometer chips, but Samsung said it’s the first to start building them. Samsung VP Jong Shik Yoon says “this collaboration is an important milestone for our foundry business,” and no doubt a shot of good news to distract from Samsung’s smartphone problems. Qualcomm expects devices with the first Snapdragon 835 processors, possibly including Samsung’s Galaxy S8, to arrive in the first half of 2017.
The system uses its “INOV” (Intelligent Negotiation for Optimum Voltge) tech, and says the tech is compatible with Google’s new guidelines for USB Type-C charging. This means we can expect the upcoming flagships t0 sport a USB-C port.