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)

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