At CES 2017, Qualcomm dove a bit deeper into the Snapdragon 835. Qualcomm unveiled its new Snapdragon 835 processors in November but, at the time, it didn’t really provide much detail on what we can expect from devices powered by the new chip. Instead, it basically just said the Snapdragon 835 chip will provide a 40 percent decrease in power consumption while also offering a 27 percent boost in performance.
As you can see above, the new processors take advantage of Qualcomm’s second-generation 10nm FINFET process. That results in a smaller die, room for larger batteries, thinner phones and less power consumption that leads to improved battery life. Make no mistake, this is a very powerful processor despite its decreased size.
So much power… so little power consumption
Indeed, it packs eight Kryo 280 CPUs which Qualcomm says is its most power efficient architecture to date. A Qualcomm Camera Spectra ISP will help provide “true to life colors” in photos, smoother zooming and faster auto-focus. The Adreno 520 graphics processor boasts 25-percent faster graphics rendering and support for 60x more display colors. That should lead to more vibrant displays on our mobile devices than ever before and also help with creating even better virtual reality experiences.
Qualcomm also added QuickCharge 4.0 support into the Snapdragon 835, allowing users to charge faster than ever before over USB-C using the USB-PD standard. Compared to earlier Quick Charge 3.0 chargers, users should find about a 20 percent faster charging time.
My guess is the Galaxy S8 will be one of the first phones to use the Snapdragon 835 chip. The first Snapdragon 835 devices are expected in the first half of this year.