Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 to Boost Performance by 25% Over Predecessor

December 8, 2017, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Qualcomm has officially unveiled its latest flagship SoC during the Snapdragon Technology Summit in Hawaii. The Snapdragon 845, which will make its way onto flagships by 2018, features a 25% boost in performance over the previous flagship from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 835.

Qualcomm hasn’t altered the ARM Cortex design for its new SoC. Like the SD 835, Snapdragon 845 features the 10nm architecture with eight-cores. The performance cores, based on the Cortex A75, comes clocked at 2.8GHz, while the efficiency cores, based on Cortex A55, is clocked to 1.8GHz. The overall rejig has helped the company to achieve a 25% increase in performance.

The Snapdragon 845 also features the new Adreno 630 GPU or Visual Processing Subsystem as it is called. With the inclusion, Qualcomm promises a 30% improvement in graphics along with equal improvement in battery efficiency. Qualcomm is also offering additional features out-of-the-box including eye tracking, Multiview rendering, hand tracking, and up to six degree of freedom for tracking headsets and controllers.

As with its camera capabilities, the SD 845 will include the Spectra 280 image signal processor that features ability to capture 4K, 60fps video in an HDR 10-bit color depth. Slow motion videos of up to 480fps can be captured at 720p resolution. The SoC also features a new secure processing unit (SPU) for handling all the security-related tasks including encryption, biometric authentication, payments etc.

On the connectivity front, the SD 845 comes with the Qualcomm X20 LTE modem, which offers a download speed of 1200 Mbps on paper. Wi-Fi has been upgraded to the 802.11ad standard offering ultra-fast short range connectivity. Bluetooth 5 also gets proprietary enhancements that will help bring down the battery consumption of wireless earbuds by around 50%.

Qualcomm has also given attention to enhancing the AI capabilities with the inclusion of the Hexagon 685 DSP as an AI co-processor to support the Neural Networks API of Android Oreo.

Qualcomm hasn’t revealed when the first device will be out with the SD 845 on-board. Similar to last year, we could see its debut in Samsung’s flagship smartphone device, the Galaxy S9 this year. LG’s G7 is also poised to feature the latest SoC from Qualcomm, with its announcement expected to fall in line with that of Galaxy S9.

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