Snapdragon 835 – Qualcomm’s Next Generation SoC

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835

Qualcomm, one of the leading manufacturers in terms of mobile processors have unveiled their next iteration of the Snapdragon CPU. The Snapdragon 835 is the flagship CPU unveiled by the company and would undoubtedly be seen in a number of flagship devices coming out next year. The processor is unique in the sense that it utilizes the 10-nanometer FinFET process and would be manufactured by Samsung. Its predecessor Snapdragon 821 (which was also manufactured by Samsung) utilized a 14-nanometer process.

In terms of power, the new chip would be packing around 30 percent of more parts into the same space which would allow it to yield spectacular overhaul in terms of performance (27 percent). The minimization would also aid in cutting down the power consumption by a staggering 40 percent. Additionally, the company has also attempted to improve the existing design which would benefit the battery considerably.

Even though other tech companies are also striving to build on 10-nanometer process chips, however Samsung was the first company to make this breakthrough innovation and is also the first company to start the mass-scale manufacturing process. In a statement, Samsung’s Vice President stated that this venture is a milestone for their foundry business.

This breakthrough is one of the pleasant news that came out of Samsung Electronics this year as the company suffered from explosive phones and home appliances. In a statement Qualcomm has stated that the first devices including the new chip are expected to be available in the first half of 2017 (Samsung’s Galaxy S8, maybe?). Rumors have also stated that a new SoC, Snapdragon 830 is also in the pipeline, however, the company is tight-lipped about that.

Interestingly, the new chip would come with several optimizations, including the Quick Charge 4.0 Technology which would help your phone in charging 20 percent faster than Quick Charge 3.0 (last generation technology). In terms of time, five minutes of charge would allow your phone to run for up to five hours while half the battery would be juiced up in 15 minutes.

Additionally, the phone will also feature a safety valve for USB Type-C charging. Multiple cases came out when the phone fried up due to charging with an incompatible charger. Qualcomm says that the new chip would be implementing a guideline titled INOV (Intelligent Negotiation for Optimum Voltage) and says that this would be compatible with the USB Type-C charging standards made by Google. INOV would provide advanced safety features to benefit both the adapter and the phone by regulating the current in every charge cycle to prevent overcharging while also monitoring the temperature and voltage.

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