Snapdragon 835 is Qualcomm’s next flagship processor

Qualcomm is coming up with its new flagship processor Snapdragon 835, with increased performance and battery backup.

Qualcomm announced a collaboration with Samsung on 17th November 2016 to manufacture its next flagship premium processor, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, with Samsung’s 10-nanometer (nm) FinFET process technology for Android Gadgets.

As per Samsung, the new technique is based on 10nm FinFET advanced 3D transistor structure, while its predecessor on 14nm FinFET. The new processor structure will make smartphones faster and more powerful.

The new chip will take the place of this year’s Snapdragon 820(used in Samsung Galaxy S7 only US version, OnePlus 3, LG and G5) and Snapdragon 821 (used in One Plus 3T, and Google Pixel/Pixel XL) flagship chip. The first device powered by Snapdragon 835 will probably show up in the next annual Mobile World Congress trade show in February 2017.

Qualcomm mentioned in the press release that the production is already under process. As Samsung is manufacturing these powerful chips along with its own ARM-based Exynos SoCs, it will be worth to see how it will maintain the competition.

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Features of 10-nanometer chip:

The new 10-nanometer processor would result in lower power draw per SoC. It will improve battery efficiency and deliver higher performance than a 14-nanometer chip.

Qualcomm affirms that the Snapdragon 835 will deliver up to 27 percent higher performance as compared to Snapdragon 820/821. 10-nanometer chip is smaller in size as compared to its preceded 14-nanometer chip, which will ultimately lead to thinner phones or smartphone manufacturing in coming years.

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Snapdragon 835 powered by 10-nanometer chip will consume 40 percent less power compared to the previous generation 14-nanometer chip powered Snapdragon 820 and Snapdragon 821. As compared to current two days battery backup, the new chip will give 40% more backup irrespective of the phone battery size.

The company revealed scant details about its new feature, Quick charge 4.0. It improves on its forerunners by allowing devices to charge faster with more efficiency as compared to Quick Charge 3.0. The company mentions that five minutes of charge will be enough to give 4-5 hours of battery life. The device’s battery may perhaps charge up to 50 percent in 15 minutes using USB Type-C adapters running Android Nougat (7.0) and higher OS.

Real-time thermal management ensures that both voltage and current are under control throughout the charging process. This feature is to avoid overcharging.

All the above improved features will lead to a better 4G performance on smartphones giving users an edge on high-speed 4G connections.

In a related development, Qualcomm has also proclaimed the launch of a $15,000 (approximately Rs. 10,19,635) bug bounty reward plan. Under this program, white hat hackers will hack or assess the company’s SoCs, LTE modems and a few other products.

The prize will be $15,000 per primary vulnerability revealed. Initially, this program will include only a few known researchers with whom Qualcomm has already worked in the past.

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