New Snapdragon 845 that will be one of the major chipset’s in 2018 high-end smartphones. What does it give us in terms of specs? Let’s take a deeper look!
Main specs: Kryo 385 CPU Architecture, Adreno 630 GPU, 10nm LPP FinFET Samsung build, Room-scale 6 degrees of freedom (6DoF), SLAM, 25% Performance uplift compared to Snapdragon 835, 4×2.8GHz A75 cores + 4×1.7GHz A55 cores and 2MB of shared L3 cache!
Another awesome thing is that with the GPU it comes with a boost of 30% improvement to graphics and video rendering over the old GPU. The new Adreno 630 clearly out competes the Adreno 540 GPU big time. But the question is if it’s needed. The Android graphical games usually aren’t that resource heavy and I don’t think many render videos on their smartphone. I feel most phone rendering happen on iPhone’s!
The display size and resolution that is being supported with this new GPU is 2K x 2K and in 120Hz! Which is a nice for VR technology.
For AI technology and image workload you get the Hexagon 685. The AI capability with this chipset is 3x in improvement compared to 835. So they are making lot’s of progress in that regard. Just as Huawei with Mate 10 released the phone with Kirin 970 AI chipset.
With audio you get an Audio codec from Qualcomm called WCD9341. This is a chipset that supports TensorFlow Lite and Open Neural Network Exchange. And also has support for new API’s that Google released for the new Android 8.1 Nougat.
The new image processor Spectra 280 ISP support things like: 480FPS slow motion video at 720p quality, 60FPS at 16MP, 64X more colour information.
This chipset comes with a new faster Wi-Fi modem that is called X20 LTE support up to 1.2Gbps download and 150Mbps uploads. The chipset can store sensitive information in it’s Secure Processing Unit that can store biometric data and more that you want to be extra safe in case someone hacked the phone.
Two other cool things are Bluetooth 5 support with new aptX and aptX HD Bluetooth codecs. Which will make for better wireless Bluetooth earbud listening time. Then we have the latest Quick Charge 4+ on-board. The charge is 30% more efficient and 15% faster compared to Quick Charge 4 from last year. The + in it’s name indicates a new release.
You can see that with speed improvements we are getting closer to 5G times. Personally I don’t see the big need for it. Since 4G is already amazing in speeds! But it will be great for people who want to do heavy streaming with their phones that require lot’s of Data. We will probably see phones with 845 from Samsung, Xiaomi and LG very soon. And then of course OnePlus!