Snapdragon 855 specs leak out, first 5G system chip may bring computational photography to the Galaxy S10

Snapdragon 855 specs leak out, first 5G system chip may bring computational photography to the Galaxy S10
TL;DR

  • 7nm TSMC production process
  • 4 x 1.8GHz + 2 x 2.4GHz cores + 1 x 2.8GHz core
  • Adreno 640 graphics subsystem with "Snapdragon Elite Gaming" optimizations
  • AI co-processor and computational photography algorithms
  • 5G X50 modem and/or 4G X24 modem (up to 2Gbps downloads)

Qualcomm's next high-end Snapdragon 855 mobile processor has leaked out hours before the unveiling and is every bit as impressive on paper as we expected given the leaked benchmarks of its testing platform. It will apparently be called 855, after all, not 8150 as it is denoted internally, so there's that in continuity. 

Just as rumored, Snapdragon 855 will be a de facto hepta-core affair but don't let the septic thought that it will be inferior to the typical octa-core flagship chipsets cloud your judgment, as it has an extra Neural Processing Unit tacked on this time, for AI calculation purposes.

The four 1.8 GHz low-key cores will be dealing with mundane tasks, while the three 2.4 GHz ones are for the heavy lifting, and one of those can go as high up as 2.8 GHz - for bragging rights, we suppose.

The new and fast Adreno 640 graphics will be optimized with a feature called "Snapdragon Elite Gaming," and fresh computational photography algorithms are added for system-level processing of the hottest trend in mobile picture-taking.

Most of this stuff is expected for a next-gen mobile system-on-a-chip from Qualcomm's flagship 8-series. Perhaps the most surprising thing, however, is that Snapdragon 855 may be equipped with two modems - the X24 which is Qualcomm's latest for the current 4G LTE network standard, and an X50 that can take advantage of the ongoing 5G rollout. We'd wager to guess that most flagships next year will ship with the "up to 2Gbps" X24 modem, though, as a 5G network won't become ubiquitous for a good while.

Last but not least, the Snapdragon 855 that will be in your American Galaxy S10 versions is built on the TSMC foundry's 7nm process, as expected, meaning that it could end up superior to Samsung's 8nm Exynos 9820 for a change. The US usually gets the slower, more power-hungry mobile processor version, but next year it will be different if some leaked benchmarks are any indication.

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34 Comments

1. panrt321

Posts: 100; Member since: Aug 23, 2018

7 core cpu?

3. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Apparently , I’m super curious how it performs

10. AmashAziz

Posts: 2894; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Isn't that known as Hepta and not Septa as what PA says??

2. WingMan

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 28, 2008

Sounds like qualcomm wanna hit the top marks in single core performance benchmarks :)

5. Hollowmost

Posts: 414; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

Seems like Qualcomm have focused on efficiency and battery life this year.

11. AmashAziz

Posts: 2894; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Forget it. Can't beat A12 in singlecore.

16. alaw.14

Posts: 426; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

Doesn't need to if it can hold that single core power for long. They are focusing on efficiency.

19. Marcwand3l

Posts: 426; Member since: May 08, 2017

It doesn't have to, it will be it in graphics and general efficiency while providing more than ample performance for any type of smartphone user.

25. Fred3

Posts: 439; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

A12 Bionic 363,525 vs SD 855 362,292 is not far off. Yall keep saying Apples chip is better when the previous years SD was beating Apples in real life test even though they were far behind.

28. AmashAziz

Posts: 2894; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Yeah it's not far off. I can't argue there even though I don't really trust Antutu. But A12 does score much higher in Geekbench singlecore. As for yr comment about real-life speed tests, kindly see comment no. 12 and 21.

33. cheetah2k

Posts: 2198; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Probably because iOS is single core optimised. Maybe when Apple decide to focus on "true" multitasking we will see what happens...

34. AmashAziz

Posts: 2894; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Dude, stop making theories. Geekbench doesn't take into account the software for the most part. I don't really know what the heck is "single-core optimized", and where the heck you came up with it, but that has nothing to do with a CPUs performance! So just keep your stupid theories to yourself. Don't act smart when you don't know much about benchmarks. I will say it for the millionth time; look at Gary explains on Youtube and he will clear all ur doubts out

4. Hollowmost

Posts: 414; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

Snapdragon 855 will destroy apple A12 not in useless benchmarks, but in actually speed tests, alongside with UFS 3.0. the Snapdragon will the unbeatable beast of 2019. I'm really interested in adreno 640 and new DSP and what will bring with Dem.

6. Avieshek unregistered

Hahaha..

7. scarface21173

Posts: 647; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

845 already beats apple in speed test

12. AmashAziz

Posts: 2894; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I would like to tell you that the iPhone Xs Max has defeated all Androids it was pitted against in the Phonebuff Speed tests. And benchmarks. So I don't know what you mean. Regardless, the real-life speed tests are those from Gary Explains (from Android Authority). He has brilliantly explained why modern speed tests are flawed and created his own speed test which actually depicts real life usage. But we have yet to see him test an iPhone with it. Do visit Gary explains everyone. You will love his video showing the flaws in speed tests.

15. alaw.14

Posts: 426; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

Speed test mostly show which device has faster i/o devices.

21. AmashAziz

Posts: 2894; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Gary's new speed test doesn't. If you don't know Gary is actually a technology expert and a professor, who works for Android Authority (as I already stated) but has his own channel called "Gary Explains". Kindly visit and see his speed tests. They are the real deal.

18. scarface21173

Posts: 647; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

check out timmers EM1 channel

20. JCASS889

Posts: 483; Member since: May 18, 2018

does that make you happy? is that what you base your lifes achievements on? iphone benchmark scores? and to be honest, 1000$+ smartphone had better be faster, even when its not.

22. AmashAziz

Posts: 2894; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Shut up please. Before you could say another word I have to remind you that u didn't give me the proof of whatever lies u told me on that other article (u know which one). U said some stupid things claiming tehm to be true. You are a troll. Go reply to me on that article and prove your worth. I already said there if you didn't post a proof I would consider u a liar....

23. JCASS889

Posts: 483; Member since: May 18, 2018

i dont need to prove anything to you, every article you are boasting how amazing the a12 is, apple said it at their keynote that the 12x is more powerful than what 80% of "all" laptops and as powerful as a xbox one x despite the ipad not having a single gb of dedicated VRAM which is absolutely necessary to play even remotely demanding video games. So should i be expecting GTA 5 on the ipad soon? oh wait the base storage cant even hold half the game.

24. AmashAziz

Posts: 2894; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Your comment proved how much you know. And all this talks proves how much you're willing to learn (zero). You make theories about VRAM all by urself. Nowhere is it written VRAM is absolutely necessary. But you will not starighten up just like a dog's tail. I guess you're right. A liar such as u doesn't need to prove anything to me. Coz ur comment proves everything itself; that how pathetic of a troll you are. And btw, who told you iPad Pro 2018 doesn't have the power (not thermals) to run GTA 5? Even a core 2 quad can run it, along with 4GB RAM and an old Nvidia/AMD GPU. Don't tell me the A12X is weaker than a core 2 quad now....please. And this is where your other troll attempts are stored. Enjoy :) https://www.phonearena.com/news/Fortnite-60fps-iPhone-XS-Max_id111409/comments

26. AmashAziz

Posts: 2894; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Just so ur peanut of a brain knows, VRAM only makes the process of fetching data faster. It isn't necessary to have separate VRAM and DRAM.

30. JCASS889

Posts: 483; Member since: May 18, 2018

so your saying i can run gta5 at 60fps with zero graphics Ram?

31. AmashAziz

Posts: 2894; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

When did I say 60FPS? The thermals may not be good enough for that at 1080p. Maybe 30-40 FPS. As far as I know, it's the resolution that takes most VRAM, not the frame-rate. And if the thermals allow it, you could maybe run GTA 5 at 720p@60 FPS on the iPad Pro, who knows! How else do you think Laptops without dedicated GPUs are able to run games?? Coz VRAM is only needed to make fetching faster and for very high resolutions. You can run GTA 5 on an iris plus 640 at 720p@50 FPS too. And the A12X has a GPU probably more powerful than that. Here's my proof: https://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-Iris-Plus-Graphics-640.190371.0.html Unlike u who only lies....

27. Fred3

Posts: 439; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

You mention Gary Explains speed test and he didn't even make a Apple chip vs SD chip yet

29. AmashAziz

Posts: 2894; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Yeah sorry I didn't mention that. What I wanted to tell was that he actually made a new test which we can call real life. And not those traditional speed tests which just open apps. Watch his video "why speed tests are flawed" to understand what I am saying. Brilliant video.

17. alaw.14

Posts: 426; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

Yes this maybe true, but is irrelevant to say because there will be the new a13, sd865, exynos, etc. Adreno 640 will be very interesting though. Also don't forget the new lpddr5 ram.

8. Madmax

Posts: 110; Member since: Aug 19, 2016

FYI it's going to power other smartphones too..

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