Qualcomm releases full specs of its latest flagship chipset Snapdragon 845
Yesterday in the ongoing Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Technology Summit in Hawaii, the company unveiled its latest flagship chipset Snapdragon 845 and today they have released detailed specs of the chipset. The new SoC will have octa-core CPU, clocked at up to 2.8 GHz, new GPU and AI platform, based on the Hexagon 685 DSP.
Highlight specifications of Snapdragon 845
Process: 10 nm FinFET
CPU: 8x Kryo 385 (4x Cortex-A75 up to 2.8 GHz + 4x Cortex-A55 up to 1.8 GHz)
GPU / VPS: Adreno 630
Camera: Up to 32MP / 16MP +16MP
Video Recording: 4K HDR
Max screen resolution: 2x 2400×2400 @ 120 FPS (VR)
LTE: 1.2 Gbps / 150 Mbps
Wi-Fi: 802.11ad Multi-gigabit
AI Platform: Hexagon 685
QuickCharge: QuickCharge 4/4+
With its eight optimized Kryo 385 cores, four of which clock at a maximum of 2.8 GHz, Qualcomm promises 25 percent more performance compared to its predecessor, four efficiency cores clock in the Octa-core chip with up to 1.8 GHz. Also new is a 3MB system cache and a 2MB L3 cache to provide more speed in accessing information.
The new GPU is Adreno 630, and Qualcomm promises “30% faster graphics and 30% better power efficiency”. The new unit should bring 2.5x faster display throughput, meaning a 2K x 2K display can efficiently run at 120 Hz.
The keywords VR and AR are also in the game with out-of-the-box eye tracking, hand tracking, and multiview rendering. Qualcomm even goes as far as to call the Adreno 630 a “Visual Processing Subsystem”.
Also in terms of maximum performance in video recording are expected in the Android section 2018 improvements: The Snapdragon 845 can record 16 megapixels with 60 fps, an Android alternative to iPhone 8 / 8Plus / X, so far the only smartphone with 4K 60fps, so seems 2018 tangible, as long as the manufacturers pull along. Even with slow-motion shots improvements are expected, the new chip supports 720p at 480 fps. Although 1080p at 240 fps is not explicitly mentioned by Qualcomm, they should also be possible.
Those who prefer to watch HDR video on the couch or actively create films and videos themselves will appreciate the 64-times increased dynamics that the new Spectra 280 Image Signal Processor (ISP) in conjunction with the Adreno 630 GPU can record and reproduce. Future Android smartphones and tablets, or Windows 10 convertibles and laptops with Ultra HD displays, are becoming ideal recording and playback devices with UHD Rec.2020 and 10-bit color support for HDR playback. This is accompanied by better electronic stabilization (EIS) and noise reduction in low-light images
Also in terms of maximum performance in video recording are expected in the Android section 2018 improvements: The Snapdragon 845 can record 16 megapixels with 60 fps, an Android alternative to iPhone 8 / 8Plus / X, so far the only smartphone with 4K 60fps, so seems 2018 tangible, as long as the manufacturers pull along. Even with slow motion shots improvements are expected, the new chip supports 720p at 480 fps. Although 1080p at 240 fps are not explicitly mentioned by Qualcomm, they should also be possible.
Thanks to the Cat.18-capable X20 modem, uploads are up to 150 Mbps and downloads up to 1.2 Gbps LTE networks are also possible with other smartphone flagships. As with the Snapdragon 835, dual-band WLAN up to 802.11ac and short-range wireless technology 802.11ad are supported, but Qualcomm promises up to 16 times faster connection times. Incidentally, Bluetooth headphones are supposed to consume half the energy thanks to their low-power mode.
In addition to the above-mentioned enhancements, the new mobile platform also brings the third generation of Hexagon DSPs to accelerate AI applications by up to three times, and a secure processing unit for separately shielded processing of all biometric and mobile payment applications the expected flood of Android smartphones with face recognition for 2018 is well worth mentioning.
Nothing has changed Qualcomm on the fast charge standard, which remains with version 4+. Even after the end of 2017, hardly any manufacturer supports it and still sticks to Quick Charge 3 or its own implementations, but hardly surprising. The new chip is already being shipped to manufacturers such as Samsung, LG or Xiaomi, with first Snapdragon 845-based devices expected in early 2018, presumably starting in March 2018 after the Mobile World Congress at the end of February.
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