The 2020 flagship Snapdragon 865 processor, which is standard, has been officially unveiled at the SnapDragon Technology Summit in Hawaii. As the successor to the SnapDragon 855 processor, the biggest bright spot of the SnapSnapdragon 865 is the support for 5G networks based on stronger performance. At the conference, hundreds of media outlets, including Slash Gear, introduced the details of The SnapSnapdragon 865.
Unlike the previous SnapDragon 855, 5G became an integral part of the SnapDragon865 platform. It’s worth noting, however, that the Snapdragon 865 still doesn’t have an integrated baseband, instead using the SnapDragonX55 5G modem released in February. Qualcomm represents a new generation of X55 5G modem-RF systems with a further downlink rate compared to the first generation (7.0Gbps), with a downlink peak rate of 7.5Gbps and an uptrend peak rate of up to 3Gbps.
The X55 supports all key areas and bands of 5G mmWave, sub-6, TDD, FDD and SA/NSA modes for 5G network band support, and 5G multi-SIM cards. On 5G mmwaves, the X55 supports up to 800MHz bandwidth, 8 carriers, 2 x 2MIMO; Qualcomm SnapDragon865 supports dynamic spectrum sharing (DSS) and multi-SIM cards. Qualcomm says the X555 5G supports a global carrier network, meaning it can be done with the SKU regardless of which 5G network it uses.
CPU and GPU
Qualcomm, as ever, uses the Kryo 585 octa-core design, with four cores based on the ARM Cortex A77 and focusing on performance, while the other four are based on the Cortex A55 and focus on power consumption. By handling kernel switching, Qualcomm SnapDragon865 is able to balance performance and power consumption at any time.
Qualcomm claims a 25 percent improvement in performance and a 25 percent improvement in power efficiency. At the same time, it pairs the new CPU with the new Adreno 650 GPU, which itself offers up to 25% performance improvement compared to the previous generation. Energy efficiency has also increased by 35 per cent.
Qualcomm says the SnapSnapdragon 865 is equipped with the fifth-generation AI engine, the AI Engine. Performance doubles to 15 TOPS compared to the Snapdragon 855. Both LPDDR5 2750 MHz and LPPDR4 2133 MHz, as well as 3MB system caches are now supported;
Its core features the new Hexagon Tensor Accelerator, which has four times the TOPS performance of the previous one. Qualcomm says its power efficiency theory is up 35 percent. Qualcomm believes more AI programs may be running locally in the next few years, so a balance needs to be struck between performance and power consumption.
SnapDragon865 pairs the sensor with the upgraded Qualcomm Sensing Hub. It’s this that lets the chipset know what’s going on around it, such as voice detection, Always-On sensors, intelligent sound recognition, and so on. In addition to having very low power consumption (less than 1mW) and supportfor multi-keyword wake-up, the redesigned Sensing Hub also supports a scalable sensor framework.
For example, you can use location, WiFi, and other features for intelligence inference. If you’re driving, your phone can be used with sensors to know the current state of use.
Qualcomm announced today that the SnapSnapdragon 865 processor can support up to 200 million pixels of sensors and plans to launch next year. Qualcomm didn’t give further details at the SnapDragon technology summit, saying only that it was working with camera makers to develop a 200-pixel sensor for smartphones, the first to support the latest SnapSnapdragon 865.
Qualcomm says the reason for this is that it allows users to zoom in on the picture while retaining details. Of course, as we’ve seen in the current 48MP and 108MP sensors, the pixels in the sensor may also merge to make each pixel brighter.
In addition, Qualcomm announced a number of other features supported in its latest chipset. For example, thanks to improved image processing, you can take high-resolution snapshots while recording 4K video. Currently, taking snapshots at the time of recording is limited to the resolution of the video, but the new chipset will remove this limitation.
As part of the Snapdragon 865, the Spectra 480 image signal processor has many other improvements. It has a dedicated noise-cancelling core that improves low-light shooting and provides 18% photo texture. It also supports larger autofocus areas, making it easier to capture details that are not centered in the frame.
In addition to 5G, Qualcomm’s FastConnect 6800 mobile connection subsystem is also available. SnapDragon865 supports 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6) and can reach nearly 1.8 Gbps downlink via 8 x 8 MIMO in ideal network environments. It also supports 802.11ad, 802.11ay, 802.11ac Wave 2, 802.11a / b / g, 802.11n, WiFi spectrum band supports 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, 60 GHz, peak speed of 10Gbps.
FastConnect 6800 supports Bluetooth 5.1 by default, plus Qualcomm aptX voice, which enables ultra-broadband (SWB) voice calls via Bluetooth. AptX Adaptive and Qualcomm True Wireless Stereo Plus are also included. Other connections include NFC, Beidou/Galileo/GLONASS/Dual Frequency GNSS/GPS/QZSS/SBAS Positioning, USB 3.1, and USB-C.
Snapdragon Elite Gaming
The most notable thing in the opening speech was What Qualcomm called desktop-level functionality, which, while cheesy, actually makes sense. This is because one of the biggest improvements to the Adreno 650 is the ability to update GPU drivers independently of system updates. These driver updates can be distributed through the Play Marketplace, and Qualcomm says GPU-driven updates will continue to be available for a long time after the phone is available.
GPU-driven updates play an important role in improving PC game performance, for example, current AMD and NVIDIA drive updates tend to sync with new games. Predictably, GPU updates on smartphones in the future can be linked to the latest games and are particularly optimized for new games.
That’s not all, Qualcomm has also emphasized “desktop forward rendering” (desktop forward rendering). This feature primarily brings mobile game rendering closer to the PC side, improving features such as field depth and motion blur, and enabling features such as multiple dynamic lights and shadows.
Finally, the SnapSnapdragon 865 is the first mobile chipset to support a 144Hz screen, and this refresh rate is common on gaming PCs. SnapDragon865 also supports the “real” 10-bit HDR and features additional features such as Game Color Plus and Fast HDR Blend to provide better visuals and performance.
Time to market
Natural Qualcomm does not release a smartphone release schedule for the chipset, the company only offers the chipset. However, the company did say it could expect the first Batch of Snapdragon 865-based devices to be available in the first quarter of 2020. Motorola, OPPO and Xiaomi have all confirmed they will launch phones on new mobile platforms.