06 December 2019
Qualcomm announced Snapdragon 865 as its newest flagship processor yesterday but today, it has detailed all the technical specifications, features, and improvements. It is undoubtedly turning out to be a beast of a processor as it is said to offer faster performance, better camera performance, and high-end gaming support.
The Snapdragon 865 features the same octa-core configuration as the predecessor Snapdragon 855. It means there are one 2.84 GHz primary core, three 2.4 GHz performance cores, and four 1.8 GHz power efficiency cores. It is said to offer a 25% faster performance and better power efficiency than the last-generation processor. It comes with Adreno 650 GPU claimed to be 20% more powerful at handling graphics-intensive apps and tasks.
The processor comes with the 5th generation of Qualcomm AI Engine to deliver all the power and goodness of artificial intelligence. It can offer 15 TOPS of AI performance that is twice the previous generation. We should see its benefits in different usage scenarios like day-to-usage, camera capabilities, multi-tasking, and gaming.
It does not have an integrated 5G modem and makes use of the separate Snapdragon X55 5G modem which is compulsory to use. It means OEMs will not be able to use this processor as a 4G LTE chipset. It is capable of offering up to 7.5 Gbps download speeds and supports all the major 5G frequencies from around the world. Qualcomm says that it "supports all key regions and bands including mmWave and sub-6 in both TDD and FDD frequencies".
Qualcomm has packed Snapdragon 865 with a new ISP (image signal processor) that operates at an insane 2 gigapixels per second. It is capable of supporting up to 200-megapixel camera sensors, shooting 8K videos, and capture 4K HDR shots. It can be used 720p slow-motion videos at 960fps as well as Dolby Vision HDR videos.
For those of you who love to game, Qualcomm has introduced an improved version of Snapdragon Elite Gaming. It can offer a 144Hz refresh rate for gaming on mobile phones which is a first. It further offers "Desktop Forward Rendering allowing game developers to bring over desktop quality lighting and post-processing effects creating a new level of realism for mobile games".
Qualcomm has said Snapdragon 865 is expected to arrive on devices starting the first quarter of 2020. We are likely to see the flagship processor in almost all the major Android flagships next year.