After much anticipation, leading chipmaker Qualcomm published the details for its latest flagship SoC, namely the Snapdragon 865. It is going to be inside every high-end Android device that will release in 2020. As one can expect, the new Snapdragon 865 is coming with an expected speed bump over the predecessor. Qualcomm, on its part, says the GPU and CPU are nearly 25 percent speedier than the existing flagship, aka Snapdragon 855. The upcoming SoC still uses a 7nm chip and has eight cores. However, it is made with TSMC-improved “N7P” node -a manufacturing process used to make rival Apple’s A13 SoC. It can support up to 16 GB of LPDDR4x category memory.
However, the users will get more than just a speed bump in the upcoming Snapdragon 865 SoC. Qualcomm says the new chip will enable the users to get improved imaging performance. The Snapdragon 865 ships with Spectra 480 ISP. It means the manufacturers can use the lens with resolutions ranging up to an insane 200MP. It will also support video capture of 8K -albeit at 30fps. 4K video recording at 60 FPS is possible as well. The new Snapdragon chip also comes with enhanced AI capabilities -as per the company claims. Qualcomm says its new AI Engine is more capable and faster than the existing one.
The Snapdragon 865 chip is also expected to bring some Android exclusive advantages for the end-users. The company will offer graphics driver updates support through Google Play in the future. This will ensure the users can update the graphics driver, much like they update typical android apps. This chip will get a new Adreno 650 GPU that is expected to improve rendering at least 25% faster. The other big update in the upcoming Snapdragon 865 chip is support for 5G networks. This is only natural given the cellular carriers are rolling out next-gen 5G networks in various parts of the world. The chip will support Qualcomm’s new Quick Charge 4+ tech, which comes with Quick Charge AI. With so many new features in Snapdragon 865 chip, its price is expected to be quite steep.