Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and 821 were selected in 2016 for many of the premium smartphone with Android (and even a few Windows Phone), but next year the company of San Diego will bet everything on the new Snapdragon processor 835. According to preliminary information issued during the Qualcomm technology Summit in new York, the new chip will be the first to be produced using the 10nm FinFET technology to Samsung, which should provide up to 27% more performance and up to 40% less energy consumption compared to a chip from 14nm, with a 30% increase in efficiency and a reduction of the occupied space inside the device.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
We do not have at the moment many technical details of Snapdragon 835, so we do not know exactly what the percentage will result in the use of every day and in different activities, but it is possible that Qualcomm has made other improvements (in addition to the production process) that will determine an increase in performance. For example, we do not know anything about the graphics capabilities of the chip.
This processor will be the first to support Quick Charge 4, the new generation of Qualcomm fast charging technology, which should ensure a more rapid charging of 20% and 30% more efficient than the Quick Charge 3.0. Unlike previous versions in addition, it will also support the Type-C USB and standard USB PD (Power Delivery). According to the company San Diego, Quick Charge 4 may provide up to 50% charge in 15 minutes and sufficient autonomy for 5 hours of operation with a charging of 5 minutes. Of course the autonomy will vary depending on usage scenarios, the battery capacity and other variables.
One wonders whether it is really necessary Qualcomm technology, since almost all smartphones between 2015 and 2016 support the rapid charging via USB-C standard, but the California-based company has also made some changes in power management to provide even faster recharge with the same voltage and has added a function of “battery saver” which should extend the life of certain components by limiting the energy consumption.
Quick Charge 4
Probably better we will know Snapdragon 835 and Quick Charge 4 in the coming months, maybe at CES 2017, but we can already tell you that Qualcomm and Samsung have begun production of the new SoC. The first devices are expected to be equipped in the first half of next year.