Snapdragon 835 promises 27 percent more performance with 40 percent less power

Enlarge / On the left, Qualcomm Vice President for Product Management Keith Kressin. On the right, Samsung Senior Vice President for Foundry Marketing, Ben Suh. In their hands, the ever-so-tiny Snapdragon 835 processors. (credit: Qualcomm)

When Qualcomm and Samsung together announced the existence Snapdragon 835 in November, they were a little light on details. The chip is a derivative of the Snapdragon 820 and 821 found in phones today, built on Samsung's new 10nm manufacturing process. At the time, the companies claimed that this would result in 27 percent more performance or 40 percent less power.

In a new announcement leaked by Evan Blass, we learn a little more about Qualcomm's next systems-on-chips. That "or" is now an "and," with the chip designer saying that the Samsung 10nm process has enabled a 30 percent size reduction of the 3 billion transistor chip to use 40 percent less power and as much as 27 percent more performance. The CPU carries the Kryo 280 branding, and the GPU is an Adreno 540 (compared to the 530 in the Snapdragon 820). It's all combined with a Hexagon digital signal processor and Spectra 180 image processor.

Qualcomm says that the new GPU is 25 percent faster at 3D graphics, and it supports "60 times more display colors," suggesting support for 10-bit per channel HDR graphics. Keen to ride the virtual and augmented reality bandwagons, the company is claiming a 20 percent reduction in motion tracking latency, along with support for six degrees of freedom positioning.

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