Say hello to Snapdragon 835, Qualcomm’s newest chip, and probably its mightiest yet. The company showcased its latest processor offering this week during the Consumer Electronics Show being held in the city of Las Vegas in Nevada, and it is already starting to generate some buzz. The chip is said to allow phone makers to produce even smaller and more lightweight handsets, and at the same time, power virtual reality headsets and even augmented reality gadgets.
What makes the Snapdragon 835 so cool is that it comes with a central processing unit (CPU) that has four cores running up to 2.45 GigaHertz, plus four lower power cores running up to 1.9 GigaHertz. With this chip, Qualcomm put most of its attention to five key aspects -- namely, battery life, immersion, quality of the camera, connectivity, and security.
Battery wise, the Snapdragon 835 only uses 35 percent less space than previous models and consumes 25 percent less power. Immersion refers to integration with VR and AR, and Qualcomm’s latest chip allows for 25 percent faster rendering of graphics, plus support for up to 60 times more colors, 4K Ultra HD premium video, 3D audio, and wide color gamut 10 bit screens.
Qualcomm is certainly not hesitating in promoting the Snapdragon 835’s flexibility. It says the chip can be used not only in mobile devices but also in personal computers. And regarding VR headsets, the Snapdragon 835 can power either those that depend on smartphones (such as Samsung’s Gear VR or Google’s Daydream View) or standalone headsets and even AR/VR smartglasses, like the R-8 (made by the Osterhout Design Group).
When it comes to manufacturing processors, Qualcomm has long established its dominance in the industry. Its Snapdragon lineup of chips are routinely used by some of the biggest phone makers in the world, including Samsung and LG. Even Apple makes full use of the company’s LTE chips for iPhone devices.
So when can we expect to experience what the Snapdragon 835 is capable of? Some of the new smartphones that feature the chip will probably debut at the Mobile World Congress (MWC), which is scheduled to happen about a month from now. Some may remember that Samsung announced its flagship device, the Galaxy S7, at last year’s MWC trade show, becoming one of the first devices to use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 chip. It is a good bet that next month, the upcoming new Galaxy flagship will be using the Snapdragon 835.
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