Unveiled: QUALCOMM Reveals Snapdragon 865

Published on December 6, 2019
Unveiled: QUALCOMM Reveals Snapdragon 865
Image via Wired

Now we know what processor would be powering the top Android handsets in 2020, potentially including Samsung’s Galaxy S11.

Mobile processor manufacturer Qualcomm recently took the wraps off the Snapdragon 865, a mobile chipset which comes with a 5G modem that is likely to feature in a range of Samsung, Google, LG, and OnePlus flagship devices.

But there’ll be another competition for the Snapdragon 855. The Snapdragon 765 wraps have been withdrawn from Qualcomm and added an optional mid-tier chip with 5G. Furthermore, Qualcomm expects improved AI technology for the Snapdragon 765, and a gaming-focused variant— the Snapdragon 765 G — should provide midrange devices with enhanced graphics performance and power consumption features in the same manner as the Snapdragon 730 G chipset released earlier this year.

It’s no wonder that Qualcomm should make more 5G compatibility chipsets. It offers telecommunications vendors more options to increase the amount of 5G-ready telephones at a broader price range. The first 5G devices to launch this year are on the expensive side— Samsung’s OnePlus 7 T Pro 5G McLaren costs T-Mobile $899, while Samsung’s Galaxy S10 5G and Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G all start at $1,299. Adding 5G to the Snapdragon 700 chipset series from Qualcomm is supposed to imply more accessible 5 G devices in 2020.

And in the next year, 5G networks will be more widespread. While all four main U.S. providers in some places have flipped the switch to 5G service, at this stage targeting portions of certain cities is still largely restricted. That’s beginning to change— T-Mobile unveiled a national 5G network that provides service to 5,000 locations, and AT&T is also planning to launch a wider 5G network this month in select cities. Qualcomm needs systems ready for mobile manufacturers as these networks expand their range.

Whilst the Snapdragon 765 comes with 5G built-in, the Snapdragon 865 is compatible solely with the X55 chipset. Also, Qualcomm gave the signal that it will combine 5G with its mobile platforms since the Mobile World Congress last February.

Snapdragon 865

Qualcomm holds at its user summit the nitty-gritty details on the Snapdragon 865 until later in the week. But some of the apps based on digital imaging, gaming and artificial intelligence have been advertised.

The Snapdragon 865 photo signal processor will be capable of speeds of 2 gigapixels per second. This will require features such as recording 8 K footage at 30 frames per second. Alex Katouzian, senior vice president and general manager at Qualcomm, also said that the ISP of the Snapdragon 865 could record 4 K footage at 64 fps, with each frame presented at very high resolution. The Snapdragon 865 can also fit cameras with 200 megapixels.

On the gaming line, Katouzian says he expects from last year’s Snapdragon865 a 25 percent increase in graphic quality. Qualcomm is also promising to bring “desktop apps to mobile gaming,” which we want to learn more about during the week.

In respect to artificial intelligence, Qualcomm, the 5th-generation Snapdragon 865 AI chip, can run 15 trillion times a second. It is as double powerful as the Snapdragon 855 AI processor. Katouzian says that apps such as more sophisticated imaging and real-time communication would enable faster AI engine.

As for 5G compatibility, Katouzian said the integrated X55 modem alongside the Snapdragon 865 will be able to deliver 7.5 Gbps rates— much higher than existing 5G networks would offer.

Snapdragon 765

It would be wrong to speak of Snapdragon 765 as a stripped down variant of the Snapdragon 765. While certain features do not directly match the Snapdragon 865 that you’ll get. Of example, the X52 modem in the Snapdragon 765 offers 3.7 Gbps rates, although it can accommodate 5G networks built on both millimeter wave and low-band frequencies, like the X55 modem. And the chipset is incorporated because Qualcomm stated that it would be in the fall.

The Snapdragon 765 also has the latest AI system from Qualcomm and is capable of operating 5 trillion per second. The processor of the object signal will accommodate 192-megapixel cameras and record 4 K footage. The Snapdragon 765’s ISP challenges some of the strongest in the industry with top level features brought down” Katouzian said.

As for games, the Snapdragon 765 can support some of the capabilities of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Elite Games, which include tuning of hardware and software for mobile gamers. On that front, we are waiting for information that are likely to emerge this week.

Which phones are going to get the new processors?

Qualcomm usually does not reveal what devices work on its new chips, which allow the partners to keep checking these updates. Since Snapdragon 855 dominated most big releases this year, the Snapdragon 865 would be their key chipset in 2020 for the successor of the new Galaxy Note 10s, the Galaxy S10 series, Google’s Pixel 4 range, G8 flagships and LG’s V50, and both the OnePlus 7T and OnePlus 7 Pro phones. One of the devices likely to use the Snapdragon 865 is the Galaxy S11, released in the first few months of 2020, although no official announcement was made at today’s Qualcomm case.

Nevertheless, a few phone manufacturers have announced plans to use the 5G-integrated chips from Qualcomm. In early 2020, Xiaomi will use the Snapdragon in Mi 10 phone. In addition, the Chinese mobile maker Oppo is also designing a possible flagship for the Snapdragon 855. Motorola also claims it would like to use an extended 5G lineup with the Snapdragon 865.

With regards to the Snapdragon 765, Qualcomm has agreed to use the new chip to carry 5G to a larger phone category. And the latest processor will also be used by HMD Global in its Nokia phones.

Read Next: 2020 iPhone Rumored to Have Under-Display Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner Supplied by Qualcomm

Enjoyed this video?
"No Thanks. Please Close This Box!"