Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC goes official

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 processor offers 5G support, 25% faster CPU & 20% faster graphics.

Qualcomm is getting 5G ready with a brand new flagship chipset, Snapdragon 865. The latest processor is set to power the next-generation flagship phones such as Samsung Galaxy S11, Google Pixel 5 and more.

Previously handset manufacturers like Oppo, Xiaomi, and Realme have confirmed plans to launch Snapdragon 865-powered phones in the first quarter of 2020. Qualcomm also introduced mid-range 765/765G processors.

The Snapdragon 865 promises to have 25% faster CPU performance (or 25% better CPU power efficiency) and 20% faster graphics (or 35% greater GPU power efficiency) compared to the Snapdragon 855.

The CPU gains are primarily achieved from using the ARM Cortex-A77 performance cores (A76 in the 855). The new Adreno 650 GPU supports QHD+ 144Hz screens (or UHD 60Hz). The Spectra 480 ISP supports up to 200 MP main cameras (or 64 MP with zero shutter lag), or up to 25 MP dual cams, 4K HDR @60fps video capture with 64MP burst images or 4K @ 120 fps, or 8K @ 30 fps, as well as unlimited capture of 720p footage at 960fps.

With Snapdragon 865, Qualcomm is looking to tap the imminent shift to 5G network in crucial markets such as the US, China, and Europe. Interestingly enough, Qualcomm’s newer chip will need a separate modem to enable 5G – similar to the X55 modem package it introduced with Qualcomm Snapdragon 855.

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For connectivity, Snapdragon 865 comes with 7.5 Gbps downloads, Dynamic Spectrum Sharing, Fast-Connect 6800 with WiFi 6, 144Hz display support, 25% faster graphics rendering support, etc. There is also a Qualcomm Snapdragon Elite Gaming Experience.

Qualcomm also introduced 3D Sonic Max, an improved version of the company’s ultrasonic fingerprint sensor. The new 3D Sonic Max offers a recognition area that is 17 times larger than what its older iteration offered – this means increased security via two-finger authentication, increased speed and ease of use.

Current 3D Sonic Sensor is used on phones such as Galaxy S10 but has been criticized for being slower, hard to trigger and not precise. The new 3D Sonic Max should bring the much-needed improvement on that front and one can expect to see it being used in the S11, as and when it launches.

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