Qualcomm has introduced its newest flagship processor the Snapdragon 845 which it is calling a Mobile Platform instead. But for the sake of convenience, we are going to refer to it as a processor. This is the successor of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor which was used by most flagships launched in 2017. The Snapdragon 845 improves upon the security, battery life, virtual reality, augmented reality, machine learning and Artificial Intelligence segments of the previous chip.
With Apple’s A11 bionic chips outperforming Snapdragon 835, Qualcomm has to make some improvements. Though Qualcomm didn’t reveal any specs during the launch of the event, they have now come out with the specs of the new SOC.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 is an 8-core processor that has four high-performance customised A75 cores clock a speed of 2.8GHz. It has four additional power-efficient customised A55 cores that run at a clock speed of up to 1.8Ghz. And for the first time, a Qualcomm processor has an L3 cache of 2MB and system cache of 3GB.
In terms of general processing power, the Snapdragon 845 shows a 25 percent increase in the performance over its predecessor, the Snapdragon 835. But when it comes to the GPU performance, the processor shows a 30 percent increase in performance and uses Adreno 630 technology. The general performance falls down to a 15 percent in the low power mode.
Qualcomm claims that the camera performance of the smartphones using the Snapdragon 845 will see some serious upgrades over its predecessors. The processor will be using a new Spectra 280 dedicated hardware process for the imaging needs of the smartphones. Qualcomm promises that the smartphones using this processor will definitely claim a higher than 100 score on DxOMark website’s benchmarking tests.
Qualcomm’s new flagship processor also shows promise in the video department as it now improves upon the video recording capabilities as well. The Snapdragon 845 supports slow motion video capture at 480 frames per second for 720p video. It will enable phones to record 4k videos at 60 FPS in HDR mode.
The Snapdragon 845 brings some new features to the security department as well. The new processor comes with a hardware-based onboard encryption system called ‘security vault’. The ‘security vault’ will keep at sensitive information like fingerprints, passwords, and pins encrypted on the phone. This is the first time Android phone will get hardware-based security encryption like the iPhones have.
Qualcomm is betting big on the augmented and virtual reality bit and hence the Snapdragon 845 improves on these features as well. Qualcomm has introduced an XR or extended reality framework on the new processor which is akin to better VR. Qualcomm claims that the Snapdragon has almost 300 percent better AR performance compared to its predecessor which is also AI-related performance.
The power consumption of the Snapdragon 845 is also lower compared to the 835 and will last ‘virtually all day’ according to the company. And with Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+ technology, smartphones will charge up to 50 percent of its battery in a 15-minute charge.
The Snapdragon 845 processor comes equipped with a new X20 LTE modem which promises download speed of up to 1.2 GBps and a 150 MBps upload speed. Though original download speeds depend upon how much a particular network provider offers.
The Snapdragon 845 processor will be made by Samsung and this probably means that Samsung will get the first shipment of the processors for their Galaxy S9 smartphones. Samsung is using a new 10nm LLP technology to manufacture the new processors compared to the older 10nm process.