Qualcomm details Snapdragon 835 processor

game-of-thrones-daenerys-dragonQualcomm has detailed its new Snapdragon 835 processor, which will power most of the leading Android smartphones this year.

Qualcomm SVP Keith Kressin said that the 835 was powerful enough to give AR and VR markets a kick up the bottom and could cause some serious problems for Chipzilla.

It has a Kryo 280 CPU under the bonnet but Qualcomm really is not talking much about that as it is the rest of the gubbins on the chip.

Qualcomm claims it is the first 10nm mobile processor, which will improve efficiency, and also by saying the CPU is “tightly integrated” with other components using the new Symphony system manager, which operates automatically yet can be customized by application developers.

This distributes work across the CPU, GPU, DSP, and more exotic components, letting the Snapdragon 835 work better than it would with CPU alone.

What will put the fear of Jehovah into Intel is that this is the first Qualcomm chip which can run Windows 10 on a mobile phone.

The Snapdragon 835 consumes 25 percent less power than the 820, according to Qualcomm. That means seven hours of 4K streaming video and two hours of VR gaming on a typical device, the company said.

Qualcomm can only do so much on power efficiency, it’s also introducing Quick Charge 4, which supposedly charges a phone to five hours of use in five minutes and is USB-C power delivery compliant.

The new Adreno 540 graphics chip improves 3D performance by 25 percent over the previous generation, Qualcomm said. But it enables features like HDR10, which improves colours; foveated rendering, which most clearly renders what you’re looking at rather than elements in the periphery of a scene; and low latency, which allows you to move your head smoothly around VR scenes. With one 32MP or two 16MP cameras running at the same time, the Snapdragon 835 supports various dual-camera functions.

The Snapdragon 835 will feature the X16 modem, which Qualcomm announced earlier this year and will be able to boost LTE to gigabit speeds. It has triple 20MHz carrier aggregation with 256-QAM encoding and 4×4 MIMO antennas.

We are predicting a rather good year for Qualcomm, when Vole gets its new Surface phones out later in the year.  This phones will be basically portable Windows 10 PCs and play nice with corporate networks.