Snapdragon 835 is powering the next generation of mobile experiences
As we embark on a new era of intelligent, connected experiences, our mobile devices are going to need a new, one-of-a-kind processor that’s smaller, faster, and more energy-efficient than any chipset in history. Meet the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835.
Our newest mobile processor is designed to meet every one of these rigorous requirements while setting new standards in mobile performance. Using a new 10nm design with more than three billion ultra-efficient transistors, Snapdragon 835 is 30 percent smaller than Snapdragon 820. This pivotal size reduction and efficiency boost allow OEMs to manufacture thinner phones with larger batteries that run on less power and last longer. All told, Snapdragon 835 uses 40 percent less power than the previous generation and provides up to a 27 percent performance increase.
With these architectural improvements, we’ve opened up more space on Snapdragon 835 to deliver five key improvements that will drive tomorrow’s mobile experiences: ultra-fast charging and multi-day battery life, jaw-dropping virtual and live immersion, the most advanced camera capabilities, gigabit LTE connectivity, and inside-out security — all of it complemented by machine learning to make our devices stunningly intelligent.
Snapdragon 835: Battery Life
We’ve custom-built a more efficient SoC for today’s power user (read: all of us) who regularly streams music, uploads videos, takes conference calls, and plays VR games. There isn’t one type of processor for all applications, so Snapdragon 835 calls on the Qualcomm Kryo 280 CPU, Qualcomm Adreno 540 GPU, and Qualcomm Hexagon DSP to manage separate workloads — all of them tightly integrated by Qualcomm Symphony System Manager to support better thermals and longer battery life.
Along with the new 10nm design, these multi-pronged, harmonized computing solutions bring unprecedented energy improvements. They include: 1+ day of talk time, 5+ days of music playback, and 7+ hours of 4K video streaming. Should your phone need more power, Qualcomm Quick Charge 4 provides five hours of battery life for five minutes of charging.
Snapdragon 835: Immersive AR and VR
Snapdragon 835 builds on the success of the Snapdragon VR820, the platform that brought immersive VR to mobile. Snapdragon 835 features game-changing enhancements to the three most important VR requirements: accurate audio, vibrant visuals, and intuitive interactions. Designed to meet VR processing demands within strict thermal and power constraints, Snapdragon 835 offers 25 percent faster 3D graphic rendering and 60X more display colors when compared to Snapdragon 820.
To generate true-to-life sound, Snapdragon 835 supports scene- and object-based audio and audiophile-grade DSD audio. And for the most intuitive and comfortable user experiences on VR, the new SoC produces a 20 percent reduction in motion-to-photon latency and six-degrees-of-freedom for precise and pleasant motion tracking. All of these improvements are made possible by a heterogeneous computing approach that isolates different parts of Snapdragon 835 for audio, video, and motion functions, delivering the best user experience and the most efficient processing.
Snapdragon 835: Capture
The camera is an indispensable part of our phone and lives. To meet the ever-changing needs of power users and enable them to create new mobile experiences, Snapdragon 835 introduces improvements to mobile photography, camcorder, and video playback.
We’ve improved zoom and stabilization for photos and videos by developing highly optimized software algorithms that intelligently toggle between processing sub-systems like the Qualcomm Hexagon DSP, Qualcomm Spectra 180 ISP, and Adreno 540 GPU to deliver a smooth zoom experience. Furthermore, Qualcomm’s newest generation of video stabilization software, EIS 3.0, provides superior, 4K video stabilization through advanced yaw, roll, and rolling shutter correction.
We’re also introducing major enhancements to auto-focus. New support for Dual Photodiode (2PD) and enhancements to our hybrid auto-focus framework bring intelligent phase and lighting detection to users’ devices, ensuring that they never miss another important moment because of bad camera focus. And Qualcomm Clear Sight is engineered to fuse together images for improved sharpness, noise reduction, and dynamic range.
Snapdragon 835: Connectivity
Optimum LTE connectivity is the key to unlocking mobile applications today and in the future. Power users want access to 360-degree VR video, cloud storage with speeds rivaling local flash, fast-caching, Hi-Fi movies and music, and instant app usage — all without delays or quality degradation. Snapdragon 835 is designed to deliver each of these key experiences through the integrated Snapdragon X16 LTE modem and customized support for 802.11ad Wi-Fi, giving power users gigabit and multi-gigabit experiences wherever they are.
Supporting peak download speeds up to 10X faster than first-generation 4G LTE devices, the Snapdragon X16 LTE modem is designed to obtain peak speeds on a number of fronts. The modem hauls in information with advanced 256-QAM digital signal processing, receives data on four antennas through 4x4 MIMO, and supports up to 4X carrier aggregation for optimized peak throughput. And with the new 10nm architecture, the X16 LTE modem has a 45 percent smaller footprint and 60 percent better power efficiency.
Snapdragon 835: Security
Power users require advanced hardware- and software-based security. Snapdragon 835’s Qualcomm Haven Security Platform provides three layers of security on SoC, device, and system levels. Haven uses pins and fingerprints to authenticate the user interface and eye- and face-based security to authenticate the camera. At the same time, Haven runs device attestation on the software, apps and OS, and hardware. The end result is a security platform that continuously and thoroughly authenticates both the user and the device, protecting the reams of new information and transactions taking place on our phones.
Snapdragon 835: Machine Learning
Woven through these key five improved mobile experiences is Qualcomm’s machine learning platform. It’s designed to provide intelligent, on-device capabilities that utilize the computing strength of Snapdragon 835 to make our devices smarter. Real-world use cases include object recognition for better photos, real-time hand-tracking for immersive VR, voice recognition for a low-power virtual assistant, and biometric authentication that knows and protects users. These applications make our devices smarter, more dynamic, and more useful.
With long battery life, immersive experiences, cutting-edge camera capabilities, and gigabit-class download speeds, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor is providing the phenomenal mobile performance power users need and expect.