CES 2017: Qualcomm announces the Snapdragon 835
The Snapdragon 835 is the successor to 2016’s Snapdragon 820 flagship and features improved performance, more efficient components, and new capabilities for virtual reality and taking photos. Qualcomm says the new processor consumes 25 percent less power than last year’s chip, which leads to a claimed 2.5 more hours of run time on an average day of usage.
As previously announced, the Snapdragon 835 also comes with the latest version of the company’s fast charging technology, dubbed Quick Charge 4.0. The new version is fully compatible with USB Type-C industry standards, can charge 20 percent faster than Quick Charge 3.0, and comes with new protections against overcharging. Qualcomm says Quick Charge 4.0 can provide “5 hours of use from just 5 minutes of charging.”
The Snapdragon 835 expands upon the 820’s virtual and augmented reality capabilities, with faster 3D graphics rendering and 60 times more colors. It also has improved sound processing to produce “true to life sound” in virtual environments. Qualcomm says that in addition to smartphones that support VR, the Snapdragon 835 will find its way into dedicated virtual reality headsets.
Currently, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips compete with the A-series chips that Apple uses in its iPhones, as well as the Exynos chips that appear in some of Samsung’s Galaxy phones. But Qualcomm silicon powers the vast majority of the remaining market, with some share going to Mediatek in the budget phone sector.
It will also include 2×2 MIMO 802.11ac Wi-Fi, which Qualcomm chose to integrate in the die this time around, rather than leaving it as a separate, bulky chip. A complementary X16 gigabit modem is also included.