Qualcomm announces powerful Snapdragon 835 processor

Qualcomm announces powerful Snapdragon 835 processor [Image: D3Damon via iStock]

Qualcomm has announced it is releasing its Snapdragon 835 processor with X16 LTE, calling it the company’s “newest premium-tier mobile platform”.

The Snapdragon 835 processor is the first mobile platform to be commercially manufactured using the 10nm FinFET process node, allowing for what Qualcomm called “breakthrough performance and superior power efficiency”.

It has been designed to support connected cloud services and next-generation entertainment experiences for premium-tier consumer and enterprise devices, including smartphones, IP security cameras, tablets, mobile PCs and other devices running a variety of operating systems, including Android and Windows 10 with support for legacy Win32 apps.

“Our new flagship Snapdragon processor is designed to meet the demanding requirements of mobile virtual reality and ubiquitous connectivity while supporting a variety of thin and light mobile designs,” said Cristiano Amon, executive vice president of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc and president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies.

He went on to say: “The Snapdragon 835 has an unprecedented level of technology integration that supports superior battery life, improved multimedia, and exceptional photography with gigabit class speeds for fast, immersive experiences.”

Qualcomm announced that key components of the Snapdragon 835 processor include an integrated X16 LTE modem for gigabit class LTE connectivity, integrated 2×2 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5, as well as optional 802.11ad for multi-gigabit connectivity.

Improved processing power and performance will be supported with the new Qualcomm Kryo 280 CPU and Qualcomm Hexagon 682 DSP, which includes support for TensorFlow for machine learning and Halide for image processing.

The Snapdragon 835 is 35 per cent smaller in package size and consumes 25 per cent less power compared to Qualcomm’s previous generation flagship processor, which means that it will offer longer battery life and thinner designs.

Qualcomm also announced that its Haven security platform will provide support for fingerprint, eye and face-based biometrics. It also includes hardware-based user authentication, device attestation, and device security for use cases such as mobile payments, enterprise access and users’ personal data.