CHIPMAKER Qualcomm has spilled more details about its flagship 10nm Snapdragon 835 chip, which it says has entered production and will start powering devices in the first half of 2017.
First shown off in November, the Snapdragon 835 is the first-ever 10nm chipset, and unlike the Snapdragon 820 before it, it's not just aiming at mobile devices. At CES on Tuesday, Qualcomm said that as well as Android smartphones, the chip will power virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) head-mounted displays, along with security cameras, mobile PCs and Windows 10 devices.
The chip, which Qualcomm says consumes 25 percent less power than last year's offering despite being 35 per cent smaller, is supported by Qualcomm's octa-core Kryo 280 CPU and Hexagon 682 DSP and uses a new a Qualcomm Adreno 540 GPU to power 3D graphics and much more intensive VR features.
This is paired with support for Ultra HD premium (HDR10) video, wide colour gamut 10-bit displays, object and scene-based 3D audio.
There Snapdragon 835 also debuts Bluetooth 5.0 and has an X16 LTE modem that includes 802.11ad for Multi-gigabit connectivity, allowing for Gigabit-Class LTE connectivity.
As previously announced, the Snapdragon 835 is the first chip to come with the newest version of Qualcomm's fast charging technology, dubbed Quick Charge 4.0. The new version is fully compatible with USB-C industry standards, can charge 20 percent faster than Quick Charge 3.0, and comes with new protections against overcharging. Qualcomm says Quick Charge 4.0 can provide "five hours of use from just five minutes of charging."
Cristiano Amon, executive vice president at Qualcomm, said: "Our new flagship Snapdragon processor is designed to meet the demanding requirements of mobile virtual reality and ubiquitous connectivity while supporting a variety of thin and light mobile designs.
"The Snapdragon 835 has an unprecedented level of technology integration that supports superior battery life, improved multimedia, and exceptional photography with gigabit class speeds for fast, immersive experiences."
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 is expected to start showing up in devices at next year's MWC, with the LG G6 and Samsung Galaxy S8 to be among the first to utilise the chip. µ
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