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Qualcomm Snapdragon 865: Ready for Next-Gen Mobile Devices (Page 3)

Anthony Garreffa | Dec 9, 2019 at 09:51 pm CST - 2 mins, 37 secs reading time for this page

Snapdragon 865 Details

Qualcomm referred to the flagship Snapdragon 865 processor as "the beast" during the entire of the annual Snapdragon Summit, and they're right -- it truly is. Qualcomm has made improvements across the board, with the most power inside of a Snapdragon SoC yet -- but also major performance boosts to gaming, AI power, cameras, and more.

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The flagship Snapdragon 865 processor is also an 8-core chip on 7nm, but it boasts improved Kryo CPU cores over the new Snapdragon 765 and 765G chips. This is how they're split up, with a big focus on higher clock speeds (the 765 tops out at 2.3GHz while the gaming-tuned 765G boosts up another 100MHz to 2.4GHz):

  • 1 x Kryo 585 (Cortex A77) CPU @ 2.84GHz
  • 3 x Kryo 585 (Cortex A77) CPU @ 2.42GHz
  • 4 x Kryo 585 (Cortex A55) CPU @ 1.80GHz

GPU - BIG Changes

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Qualcomm put considerable efforts into the GPU on the new Snapdragon 865, with a new Adreno 650 that has quite a number of improvements under the hood. One of those is support for 144GHz on QHD+ resolution displays, 10-bit HDR gaming, GPU updates through the Google Play Store, and more.

First off, the Adreno 650 is 25% faster than the previous-gen Snapdragon 855 -- all while using up to 35% less power. This is a huge deal, and Qualcomm cements it in by having the Snapdragon 865 reducing the clock speeds on other components, in order to keep the GPU at maximum performance, the entire time you're gaming -- a nice touch.

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But it's the updateable GPU drivers that bring another sprinkle of desktop class gaming to the Snapdragon 865, while that 144Hz refresh rate option being another gigantic PC-centric refresh rate joining the mobile world.

5G/Wi-Fi

Qualcomm offers the new Snapdragon 865 as a flagship SoC, something that OEMs will be forced to use the Snapdragon X55 5G modem -- as the 5G modem isn't baked onto the Snapdragon 865 itself and is instead, separate.

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This means you'll be forced into having 5G on your new Snapdragon 865, and that's not a bad thing as Qualcomm promises better connectivity across the board, not just in 5G. Qualcomm's Snapdragon X55 5G modem-RF system can full down a ridiculous 7.5Gbps, while peak upload speeds will hit 3Gbps.

Camera

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Qualcomm continues to make strides in camera prowess in the Snapdragon 865, with the new Spectra 480 ISP packing 40% more efficiency and it is many times faster than previous-gen ISPs.

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Previous ISPs from Qualcomm were capable of processing one pixel per clock cycle, but the new Spectra 480 ISP can process four pixels per clock cycle. This means that Snapdragon 865-powered smartphones can do things other smartphones can't: record 4K video while snapping gigantic 64-megapixel photos at the same time.

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Hell, it even supports camera sensors at up to a gigantic 200 megapixels for the next-next-gen camera smartphones.

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Not only that, but it'll also shoot 8K video at 30FPS, and it'll be the first with 4K video recording but at super-smooth 120FPS. There's also 1080p 960FPS for super-slow-mo recording on Snapdragon 865, too.

Last updated: Dec 10, 2019 at 06:11 am CST

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Anthony Garreffa

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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