During the first day of the ongoing Snapdragon Tech Summit held in Hawaii, Qualcomm has officially announced their next generation’s Snapdragon 865 and 765G SoC.
The former is the successor to last year’s Snapdragon 855 SoC and will be the flagship SoC for the bulk of premium smartphones next year. Unlike what many have initially expected, the SD865 SoC will not be coming with an integrated 5G modem.
This means there will be a need for a separate 5G modem to enable 5G connectivity on a smartphone. Huawei’s Kirin 990 SoC on the other hand, has a 5G variant which comes with an integrated modem to promote greater power efficiency.
What to look out for on the new Snapdragon 865?
The Snapdragon 865 packs a second generation’s X55 modem-RF system which promises an incredible download speed of up to 7.5Gbps. Similarly, it will also be able to support the latest Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 in order to bring the fastest connection speed for it’s users.
In terms of system performance, the new SD865 features the Kryo 585 CPU which consists of a prime core that has up to 2.84GHz clock speed. There will also be an Adreno 650 GPU which is able to achieve 25% faster graphic rendering. This time round, the GPU driver can also be updated via the Google Play store.
In the AI department, the SD865 will feature a brand new Tensor Accelerator and the 5th generation’s multi-core AI engine under the hood. Unlike the SD855 which supports LPDDR4x DRAM technology, the new SD865 will come with support for the latest LPDDR5 DRAM that delivers more speed to mobile devices.
Furthermore, the SD865 will also add support for 144GHz screen refresh rate and offers fresh Snapdragon Elite Gaming experience for it’s users. Moving on to it’s photography, you can now expect up to 8K video capturing as well as 200 megapixels still image capturing.
What are the phones which will be shipped with Snapdragon 865 SoC?
Shortly after the official announcement of the SD865 chip, many OEMs across the globe had jumped in to confirm that they will be releasing SD865-driven smartphones in 2020.
These companies include Motorola, Xiaomi, OPPO, Realme and Nubia. In fact, most of the major OEMs in the world will be utilizing the SD865 SoC for their flagship devices aside from Huawei and Apple.
However, the SD865 SoC will be exclusive only to 5G devices according to The Verge.