Snapdragon 835 is now official; DirectX 12 support, Bluetooth 5 and more

Just two ago, we shared a leak related to the Snapdragon 835, and now Qualcomm has decided to make things official with the announcement of the Snapdragon 835 which is Qualcomm’s first 10nm node based processor. The Snapdragon 835 is important because it is the first ARM-based processor that can run Windows 10. It comes with support for DirectX 12, Bluetooth 5 and many more things that we will mention here.

The Snapdragon 835 is about 30% smaller as compared to the Snapdragon 820 due to the 10nm node. The smaller size brings about 40% better energy efficiency and about 27% better performance as compared to the previous generation of Snapdragon processors.

It is an octa-core processor with Kyro 280 CPU cores and comes integrated with Adreno 540 GPU. The new GPU brings DirectX 12 support to the chip. Also, there’s added support for Gigabit LTE modem, multi-gigabit Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5, Hexagon 682 DSP, Spectra 180 ISP, support for HDR10 video, Quick Charge 4.0, and Qualcomm’s Aqstic codec with 32-bit/384kHz support and aptX/aptX HD Bluetooth audio.

The CPU has eight cores in total out of which four cores are clocked at 2.45Ghz, and the other four are clocked at 1.9Ghz for energy efficiency.

The 2.45Ghz cores can be used for power hungry applications like VR gaming and more.

The Snapdragon 835 is also compatible with LPDDR4X memory which means there will be faster interaction between the RAM and the processor. The Adreno 540 GPU brings support for DirectX 12 along with OpenGL ES 3.2, OpenCL 2.0 and of course, Vulkan as well.

The Snapdragon 835 also comes with great motion trackers which will be good for VR gaming.

As per Qualcomm, they have worked on providing better battery life to devices using the Snapdragon 835. Qualcomm also mentioned that with Snapdragon 835 under the hood, a device would be able to have a day of talk time, five days of music and about seven hours of 4K video streaming.

The addition of Quick Charge 4.0 just makes all of this better; Quick Charge 4.0 now supports USB Type-C and USB-PD (Power Delivery) and can charge your devices about 20% faster as compared to Quick Charge 3.0.

The Spectra 180 image processor is a 14-bit dual ISP, and it can support up to 32MP cameras. It can also support dual 16MP cameras and provides features like hybrid autofocus, HDR video recording, optical zoom and more. The Spectra 180 also supports AVC (H.264) and HEVC (H.265) codecs. Capturing 4K at 30fps will be a cakewalk for the processor, and it has enough power to play 4K at 60fps.

The Adreno 540 will be able to show 60 times more colors and can render 3D at a 25% faster rate as compared to Adreno 530.

When it comes to connectivity, the Snapdragon 835 has a Snapdragon x16 LTE modem which can provide download speeds up to one gigabit per seconds with the Cat 16 LTE. There’s a Cat 13 model for uploads which can provide up to 150MB/s upload speeds. Qualcomm has integrated a 2×2 802.11ac Wave-2 solution along with an 802.11ad multi-gigabit Wi-Fi module that tops out at 4.6Gb/sec for WiFi. This new solution also leads to 60% less power consumption while using WiFi.

The Bluetooth 5 which is integrated into the SoC can provide double the bandwidth along with four times the range as compared to Bluetooth 4.2.

The Snapdragon 835 is a significant upgrade from the current Snapdragon 820 and 821 and brings a lot of improvements to the table.

For Windows 10, Snapdragon 835 is quite important as it can bring some really powerful and power efficient Windows 10 devices that will be using this processor.

Combine these efficient devices with the ability to run x86 applications, and we might just have the ultimate mobile device.

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