a lot of power and support of 200 Mpx cameras

Qualcomm is celebrating its annual event these days in which it shows us, among other things, its new processors for mobile devices. Specifically, the new members of the 800 family are reserved for these dates, which will carry the best mobiles of most manufacturers in the world.

The star in this 2019 has undoubtedly been the Snapdragon 865, a processor that comes to replace not only the Snapdragon 855, but also a variant that was announced well into the year, the Snapdragon 855+.

More powerful, but also more efficient

Although the power in mobile phones has reached quite high levels, we always hope to see them surpassed with the new processors. This is no exception and the Snapdragon 865 is 25 more powerful and 25 more efficient than the Snapdragon 855.

Although the CPU It has the same configuration of cores and clock speed, using the Cortex-A77 architecture it is possible to improve the behavior.

  • 1 main core: Kryo 585 (ARM Cortex A77) .84GHz, 1x 512KB pL2 cache.
  • 3 performance cores: Kryo 585 (ARM Cortex A77) .4GHz, 3x 256KB pL2 cache.
  • 4 efficiency cores: Kryo 385 (ARM Cortex A55) .8GHz, 4x 128KB pL2 cache.

Of course, having double the internal cache memory, 4 MB, performance suffers, for good.

There are improvements in the field of artificial intelligence, with a dedicated processor, the Hexagon 698, which together with the Hexagon Vector eXtensions and the Hexagon Tensor Accelerator promise to catch up with other chipsets in this section.

Best graphics in games

Snapdragon 865: a lot of power and support of 200 Mpx cameras

It also has something to say the GPU, which is the new Adreno 650, with support for the Snapdragon Elite Gaming platform and with graphic drivers that can be updated through the Google Play Store.

Compared to the Adreno 640, it is 20 faster rendering the graphics and consumes 35 less. It will be able to play 4K HDR10, HLG, HDR10 + and Dolby Vision video, among others.

The two star functions are Desktop Forward Rendering, which allows you to bring desktop game creation elements to mobiles, such as the effects of shadows or reflections, and Game Color Plus, which provides HDR support even for games that do not, maintaining color fidelity.

It's time for 4K screens with a high refresh rate

In recent months we have seen how mobile manufacturers were launched to create proposals that either had high refresh rates of 90 or 120 Hz, or used QHD resolutions. Given the limitations of the Snapdragon 855 it was not possible to choose both at the same time.

This is no longer a problem with the Snapdragon 865 and is that Qualcomm will support with this processor screens with QHD resolution with refresh rate of up to 144 Hz.

Huge footprint sensors

Snapdragon 865: a lot of power and support of 200 Mpx cameras

There are also improvements in the support for the fingerprint sensors on the screen, which can now be 17 times larger, occupying a space of up to 3 x 2 cm, much larger than the current one.

It also improves the use of the fingers and we can configure the sensor so that it has to detect two fingers at the same time. The accuracy has risen to 1 :: 1,000,000 instead of the 1 :: 50,000 it had before.

Cameras up to 200 Mpx

Qualcomm has announced that the ISP of its new processor will be able to move photographs of 200 Mpx, an amount that is not trivial since there are already signatures working on this type of sensors.

In addition, we can take pictures with 64 Mpx cameras instantly, without having to wait a few seconds for the system to process the image as it happens with the Snapdragon 855.

As for video, we can record in 8K at 30 fps, or make videos at 960 fps in 720 p quality. This already seems somewhat archaic and is that the Kirin 990 is capable of recording at that speed in 1080p quality.

The support Dolby Vision HDR for recording it is also supported, although this implementation will depend on whether manufacturers want to pay, or not, a specific license.

A connectivity starring 5G

Snapdragon 865: a lot of power and support of 200 Mpx cameras

While the Snapdragon 865 will not have the modem 5G Integrated as standard, it has been announced that there will be no models with this processor that do not use the X55 modem, the latest Qualcomm model with this technology.

In when to connectivity Wifi, Snapdragon 865 is compatible with Wifi 6, in addition to the latest version of the protocol bluetooth, 5.2. There is also support for aptX Voice.

In addition to all these developments, support for fast loading QC 4.0 continues, this time enhanced with artificial intelligence, also for support of the latest RAM models, etc.

We will have to wait a few months to start seeing the first smartphones with this processor in stores. And it will have to be compared with the rivals, the Kirin 990, the Exynos 990 and the Mediatek Dimensity 1000.