Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 845 with faster graphics and better power efficiency

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 said to offer 30 percent better graphics performance and improved battery consumption.

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    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 unveiled at the company’s Snapdragon Tech Sumit
    • Spectra 280 ISP will enable capturing 4K Ultra HD video at 60fps

Qualcomm on Thursday unveiled Snapdragon 845 at the company’s Snapdragon Tech Summit in Maui. It’s the successor to Qualcomm’s current high-end SoC Snapdragon 835.

The key highlight, Snapdragon 845 mobile CPU is fabricated on the same 10nm process as the Snapdragon 835. However, Qualcomm has revived the architecture with new features, better performance, and power efficiency.

Furthermore, it offers 4K HDR video capture capability on smartphones and AI processing. Qualcomm says it has boosted the performance core clock speeds on its new flagship processor by ’19 percent over the Snapdragon 835′.

The Snapdragon 845 features Adreno 630 GPU for graphics, and Qualcomm promises that it offers 30 percent improved graphics as well as video rendering compared to the previous generation.

It has Kyro 385 CPU with four Cortex A75 performance cores and four Cortex A55 efficiency cores, unlike Snapdragon 835 chipset.

qualcomm-sd-845_1Qualcomm emphasizes more on artificial intelligence, AR and VR with Snapdragon 845. It makes use of Hexagon 685 DSP which is three times faster than the Hexagon 682 from Snapdragon 835. It promises enhanced camera, gaming, voice and XR experience.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 may offer immersive AR and VR experience, thanks to Adreno 630 visual processing subsystem that brings about foveated rendering, multiview rendering, eye tracking and more.

Notably, Qualcomm has integrated a new secure processing unit (SPU) on its new mobile platform that is designed to protect personal data and handle biometric authentication.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 features Qualcomm’s Spectra 280 ISP. The Snapdragon 835 came with 14-bit Spectra 180 image sensor processor.

The new Spectra ISP will allow capturing 4K Ultra HDR video at 60 frames per second (fps) and improve images shot in a low-light situation. The new software will enable multi-frame noise reduction and capture up to 16MP images at 60 frames per second.

It features Qualcomm X20 LTE cellular modem instead of Qualcomm X16 LTE modem found in Snapdragon 835. With the X20 LTE modem, Qualcomm promises up to 20 percent ‘faster peak and real-world’ compared to X16 LTE modem.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 includes Quick Charge 4+ technology that is claimed to charge up to 50 percent in 15 minutes.

The new flagship mobile processor is expected to ship early next year with top-of-the-line flagship smartphones.