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We get an up-close look at Qualcomm’s new 835 Snapdragon CPU

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Up top, the Snapdragon 820. Below, the new Snapdragon 835, and a penny.

Up top, the Snapdragon 820. Below, the new Snapdragon 835, and a penny.


Today, Qualcomm officially announced its newest system on a chip, the Snapdragon 835. This latest piece of silicon is 35% smaller than the Snapdragon 820 and 821, should deliver up to 25% better battery life thanks to more efficient power management, and render graphics 25% faster with its Adreno 540 GPU.

The more compact package is 3mm smaller on each side of the chip. That does not sound like a lot of space, but remember what OEMs are willing to do to make room for new bits and pieces in their smartphones. That means bigger batteries in thinner phones with more power and better battery life.

What is remarkable about such technology, is how small it really is. When you consider the computing prowess on-hand, it is hard to fathom how more power, with better battery efficiency, multi-gigabit Wi-Fi connectivity (802.11ad), and gigabit class speeds in cellular data, can all fit on a little wafer that has now shrunk in size smaller than a penny.

That is what Qualcomm has achieved with the Snapdragon 835. This chip already in production, and we expect to see an official debut of the new CPU in the Asus Zenfone AR in an announcement at CES on Wednesday, though Qualcomm did accidentally spill the beans a little early.

Aside from its size, performance, and connectivity, Qualcomm enabled the Snapdragon 835 to handle security in what the company called hardware based multifactor authentication. So, when you use Android Pay, or Samsung Pay, the framework is in place where the point of sale can confirm not only who you are, but where you are during the transaction.

The Snapdragon 835 is not just for smartphones. The Osterhourt Design Group, based in San Francisco, announced two new AR/VR smartglasses that use the new chip. Qualcomm promised that the 835 would be making the rounds in IoT products like IP cameras, along with computing platforms like full featured Windows 10 machines, and what one presenter referred to as “Google OS” computers.

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posted on 03 Jan 2017, 21:24 15

1. poptart574 (Posts: 174; Member since: 29 Feb 2016)


Funny how it's only phone arena trying to defend the omission of the head phone jack from the iPhone 7 so that it can fit more components into it. Let's look at the new vivo xplay 6. This phone has a slim 5.2 mm body, 4000 mAh battery and still had enough space to put a dual cameras and a head phone jack. PA please stop defending the supposedly courage it took Apple and just call it a business decision in order to sell high priced blue tooth head phones.

posted on 03 Jan 2017, 21:40 9

2. Maxwell.R (Posts: 218; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)


In case you weren't sure, this article is about the Snapdragon 835.

posted on 03 Jan 2017, 21:51 7

3. poptart574 (Posts: 174; Member since: 29 Feb 2016)


Replying to what PA started the whole article with. A blue link to another article if you missed that.

posted on 03 Jan 2017, 22:11 7

4. Maxwell.R (Posts: 218; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)


Odd, the article started with, "Today, Qualcomm officially announced its newest system on a chip..." Contrary to popular belief, the link-back wasn't an apology, it was linking to stated observations from Apple, and is germane to how OEMs want to leverage space within their designs.

posted on 03 Jan 2017, 22:17 10

5. sissy246 (Posts: 4221; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


"remember what OEMs are willing to do to make room for new bits and"

He is talking about here. It is a link that takes you to a apple article.

posted on 03 Jan 2017, 22:23 2

7. Scott93274 (Posts: 5566; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


And I don't see it as Phone Arena defending Apple's reasoning to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack, they simply brought it up because size reduction of internal components is something that is relevant to the past article that was being linked to.

posted on 04 Jan 2017, 08:29

17. sissy246 (Posts: 4221; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


Hay I am not saying they were. I just pointed out the link he was talking about.

posted on 03 Jan 2017, 22:20 1

6. Scott93274 (Posts: 5566; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


You can't fix stupid... Your time is better spent doing anything but responding to the challenged. Thank you for the article.

posted on 03 Jan 2017, 22:59

8. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1667; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


It's not just Apple doing it though. Both Motorola and HTC have released devices with the 3.5 mm headphone jack missing. Motorola did it before Apple. And there are some credible rumors that Samsung could follow suit. LeEco also released devices without the headphone jack.

posted on 03 Jan 2017, 23:07 2

9. poptart574 (Posts: 174; Member since: 29 Feb 2016)


My point is that with all the internals shrinking as tech evolves, why did iPhone call it the courage to remove a head phone jack when the phone that I mentioned offers similar things yet their engineers didn't have to remove the jack to make space. It's not about courage or being able to put in more tech, it was about trying to introduce a new product and forcing people to have to buy it by taking away a simple jack.

posted on 03 Jan 2017, 23:32

11. kiko007 (Posts: 5710; Member since: 17 Feb 2016)


Great detective work there fam. Not really the point of the article (more like not even in the same hemisphere really) but.......derp!

posted on 03 Jan 2017, 23:38 1

12. poptart574 (Posts: 174; Member since: 29 Feb 2016)


Thank you for your kind words

posted on 03 Jan 2017, 23:13 3

10. poptart574 (Posts: 174; Member since: 29 Feb 2016)


It's a brilliant move if your a company selling hardware, yet is sucks for the consumer who has to spend another $160. I understand that they offer a link cable but said cable is not convenient in the least.

posted on 04 Jan 2017, 08:41 1

19. sissy246 (Posts: 4221; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


You are right I can see were its not convenient but they are not forcing you to by the airpods there are other choices, choices that is cheaper and better.

Damn can't believe I am somewhat defineding Apple.

posted on 04 Jan 2017, 01:17 1

13. trojan_horse (Posts: 5325; Member since: 06 May 2016)


Wow, Snapdragon 835 is set to be a real competitor in the smartphone SoC battle... This should be a good relief for Qualcomm, as ot's Snapdragon 820 of last year wasn't so impressive in CPU performance.

posted on 04 Jan 2017, 08:34

18. sissy246 (Posts: 4221; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


Sounds like a beast, but I really do like the exnos in my note 5 and kind of hope I can exnos in the note 8. But what ever the note 8 has I can't wait.

posted on 04 Jan 2017, 01:22 2

14. w1000i (Posts: 127; Member since: 22 Jul 2015)


835 will have real battery improvement vs 820 but with little improvement in power.[opinion]

posted on 04 Jan 2017, 01:23 2

15. w1000i (Posts: 127; Member since: 22 Jul 2015)


Wifi chip now 60% lower in power consumption. PRAVO

posted on 04 Jan 2017, 01:42 3

16. poptart574 (Posts: 174; Member since: 29 Feb 2016)


Battery life is much more important than anything else this chip has to offer in my opinion. Bravo indeed

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