Qualcomm announce the SnapDragon 835

Qualcomm Snapdragon

Isn’t it crazy that in the last decade the company we’re most excited to see Processors from has gone from Intel, maybe AMD, to Qualcomm!

Should come as no surprise as we all run devices now using ARM architecture, whether it be our Smartphones, Tablets, Smart devices and maybe soon our PCs as well.

You’ve likely unboxed your latest gadgets for Christmas, and if you got the latest you maybe have a Smartphone with a SnapDragon 821 as that was the latest available at the time, whether that was on a Google Pixel or OnePlus 3T.

Well, whilst their by no stretch old-tech now, a new year is among us, and new performance in the SnapDragon 835.

Qualcomm formally detailed the Snapdragon 835 during its CES keynote, serving up a look at what’s new in this year’s flagship SoC (System on a Chip).

The Snapdragon 835 offers improvements across the board, and Qualcomm has incorporated a slew of new features and support for new standards which are set to become the norm, including the newer Bluetooth 5, gigabit LTE, 802.11ad Wi-Fi, and much more.

Though it bares a re-mention that the 14nm Snapdragon 820/821 was no slouch, but the move to the 10nm node has allowed Qualcomm to register huge gains in energy efficiency and performance.

Compared to the 821, the Snapdragon 835 is 27% faster while consuming 40% less energy, meaning better battery life, and all that with the overall size being 30% smaller than the previous generation.

Here’s a clearer look on where things look, and yes that is DX12 you see there!

Category Snapdragon 835 (2017) Snapdragon 821 (2016)
Node 10nm FinFET (LPE) 14nm FinFET (LPP)
CPU Four 2.45GHz Kryo 280 cores
Four 1.9GHz Kryo 280 cores
Two 2.35GHz Kryo cores
Two 1.6GHz Kryo cores
GPU Adreno 540
(OpenGL ES 3.2, OpenCL 2.0, Vulkan 1.0, DirectX 12)
Adreno 530
(OpenGL ES 3.1, OpenCL 2.0, Vulkan 1.0, DirectX 11.2)
Memory Dual-channel LPDDR4X
Dual-channel LPDDR4
Storage eMMC 5.1
UFS 2.1
eMMC 5.1
UFS 2.0
Camera Dual ISP up to 32MP
16MP dual camera
Dual ISP up to 28MP
Modem X16 gigabit LTE
Download up to 1000Mbit/sec
Upload up to 150Mbit/sec
Download up to 600Mbit/sec
Upload up to 150Mbit/sec
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5 Bluetooth 4.2
Wi-Fi 802.11ad multi-gigabit Wi-Fi 802.11ac gigabit Wi-Fi
Charging Quick Charge 4.0 Quick Charge 3.0

All those specs there has likely lead to quite a few questions, notable of which could begin with “What’s that?”, well here’s a glimpse of the new of note in Snapdragon 835.


One of the big trends in 2016 was the Dual Camera set up on a collection of devices, most notable of which were the LG V20 and Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus, all of which kept the trend at around 12 MegaPixels, though differed in how they balanced that with the secondary sensor.

However, one of the limitations of the SnapDragon 820/821 series of Processors, was a limitation in terms of dual camera post-processing, meaning that OEM had to instruct the Camera software themselves. Their was also a limit to even this at around 28MP, which has now been bumped to 32MP. But now, with the SnapDragon 835, the SoC has built in post processing for Dual Cameras up to 16MP each, meaning much sharper photos, and for Dual Cameras, much more you’ll be able to do.

Modem (LTE)

Now, if you’re like us, you live in a “4G” area, but not an “LTE” area … or if you’re like a lot of people, probably think those things are the same thing … wrong! They were intended to be, but Carriers rely on users being rather dumb on the matter to throw tricks in your face.

Typically “4G”, equates to the faster spectrum of 3G and dual channel 3G commonly referred to as HSPA+, which when dual channelled can pull down speeds around 40mbs, but LTE is a different behemoth pushing speeds around 100mbs typical.

But, the next standard coming down the pipeline is Gigabit LTE, which can potentially deliver download speeds of over 1,000mbs, which it’s fair to say is a sounds great, won’t happen for a long whilst stat as there’s no WiFi powering that speed yet, but when the Carriers offer it, likely with 5G, that’s a possibility.

WiFi 802.11ad

Where their was a sizeable difference between WiFi AC to N, when it comes to AD, the differences are rather smaller, we’re talking strictly supported speeds only in this one, from Gigabit to Multi-Gigabit.

Quick Charge 4.0

No one likes a dead battery, or even that warning you get around 5-10%, but with faster charging solutions, those problems are becoming more and more less of a problem as we go on, and with Quick Charge 4.0, things are getting serious!

Quick Charge 3.0 if you don’t know, it’s not in all phones even today, you should be able to charge up to 50% charge in just 15 minutes.

Quick Charge 4.0 however can deliver 5 hours of battery life IN 5 MINUTES, seriously! To add to that, it charges 20% faster, 30% more efficiently, but more importantly 5° cooler!

This is incredible when you think about it, and we can’t wait to see what more comes around with Battery technology in 2017.


But for now at least, the SnapDragon 835 is a Chip awaiting a Smartphone, rather than one we can go out and buy … for now at least. Keep it locked as we’ll be showing you the first, and likely the many more, SnapDragon 835 powered devices going forward.

Published by R-Tech

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