Qualcomm has finally unveiled its newest high-end chipset – Snapdragon 865. The chipset was teased yesterday, which was the opening day of their ongoing Snapdragon Summit in Hawaii USA.
It is without a doubt that this Snapdragon 865 chipset will power most Android flagships in 2020 which is barely less than a month from now. The big question is how is the chipset better than its predecessor – Snapdragon 855. During the launch, Qualcomm states that the Snapdragon 865 chip boost of 25% faster CPU performance/efficiency and 20% faster graphics or 35% greater GPU power efficiency.
The increase in CPU performance/efficiency is majorly due to the new ARM Cortex-A77 cores. For comparison, the Snapdragon 855 chip is made of ARM Cortex-A76 cores. Aside from that, the configuration is the same. We have the main core (which is Kryo 585) clocked up to 2.84 GHz, three cores (Kryo 585) clocked up to 2.4 GHz and four cores (Cortex-A55) clocked up to 1.8 GHz.
The graphics processing unit with a 35% boost in power efficiency is Adreno 650. It supports QHD+ 144Hz screens (or UHD 60Hz). The Spectra 480 ISP supports up to 200 MP main cameras. It’s either that or 64 MP with zero shutter lag or 25 MP dual cameras. In terms of video recording, the chip supports 4K HDR @60fps video capture with 64MP burst images, which is the maximum. It can drop lower to 4K @120 fps, or 8K @30 fps, even go as low unlimited capture of 720p footage at 960fps.
The X55 modem supports both standalone and non-standalone 5G networks. It works also for the 4G connectivity giving it a maximum download speed of 2.5Gbps. For the 5G, it’s maximum download speed is 7.5Gbps. The Snapdragon 865 chipset supports Bluetooth 5.1, aptX Adaptive, aptX TWS, and aptX Voice. It is Wi-Fi 6 certified and features Hexagon 698 & Tensor accelerator.