Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 835: Samsung-provided 10 nm tech, more power, smaller footprint

As you probably know, most top-tier Android phone manufacturers out there trust only one brand of chip-maker for the chipsets that power their flagship handsets. We are talking about Qualcomm, of course, and its Snapdragon family of systems-on-chip. The company has now announced its flagship product for the beginning of 2017 — the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835.

Much like the 820, the Snapdragon 835 has been developed in partnership with Samsung. The latter has been making great strides in the field of SoC development as of late and has managed to provide Qualcomm with the technology to build chipsets on a 10 nm FinFET process. If you are a bit fuzzy on what those nanometers mean — you may want to check out our in-depth article on the matter here. But the short story is: the smaller the chip, the more energy-efficient it is.

As per the official press release, compared to its 14 nm Snapdragon 820 predecessor, the 835 can be 30% smaller, have 27% higher performance, and be 40% more energy-efficient. This means a bit more breathing room inside smartphones for other components (please don't remove any more 3.5 mm jacks!) and better battery life... as far as the SoC is involved, at least.

The new processor will also support Qualcomm's next generation of fast-charging — Quick Charge 4.0. It is said to provide 20% faster charging than the already impressive Quick Charge 3.0. As a quick example – the HTC 10, LG G5, and Galaxy S7 all charge up to 100% for 80-100 minutes, but need only a few minutes on a charger in order to get hours worth of juice. Quick Charge 4.0 will also be fully compliant with USB Type-C, so phones equipped with the reversible data port will no longer need to suffer slower charging times.

sources: Qualcomm (1,2)



31. FrenchGuy

Posts: 134; Member since: Dec 12, 2014

How is that possible to make a 10nm silicium chip when silicium atom radius are about 12nm?Does it mean they will use other materials like gallium?

30. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

So they think this can defeat the A10? Huh! How about catching up to the A9 first.......

29. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2289; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Single core won't reach 2300 on GB4.

27. Omran2000

Posts: 101; Member since: Aug 18, 2016

Kirin 960 is much better ...

26. Loveneesh

Posts: 454; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

Where SD 830?

24. kamejoko

Posts: 257; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

who said qualcomm return to tsmc?

21. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Fact check. Samsung did nothing beside building it on 10nm. my LG G5 using usb type C charge ultra fast and not slow.

10. Landon

Posts: 1249; Member since: May 07, 2015

This needs to beat the A10. Simple as that.

12. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

I dont think so ... Anyway the gap is getting smaller every year ...

7. vuyonc

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Dang it, nothing about architectural improvements >:(

5. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Lets wait whats samsung is cooking #kingofpowerefficient

2. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

800 , 810 , 820 then 835 ????!!! Usually xx5 are mid-cycle refresh !

6. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

They are doing a refresh on the refresh. Sounds good.

17. Bankz

Posts: 2554; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Meh. They're all thesame

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