Snapdragon Tech Summit at day two of the conference, chip manufacturer Qualcomm provide all the details on their new flagship processor, the Snapdragon 855 which will be powered the 2019 flagship smartphone. This time the Snapdragon 855 uses TSMC’s latest 7nm FinFET manufacturing process and mainly focusing on connectivity, camera, artificial intelligence, entertainment, and more.
We previously saw that chip is made on 2+2 design. Where one pair was optimized for high frequencies and the second pair were optimized for higher power efficiency. But this time Qualcomm goes with a 1+3 design.
This CPU has one prime core, three performance cores, and four efficiency cores. Which means the prime core (or) highest performance core based on Kryo 485 Gold Prime and clocked at 2.84GHz. The other three cores are clocked at 2.42GHz.
If you think this configuration is quite odd then think about Dynamic IQ technology. Dynamic IQ allows for more flexibility and scalability in multi-core processor design, allowing for multiple core designs in a given cluster, as well as fine-grained per core voltage control. And Qualcomm says it’s the biggest CPU leap it’s ever produced.
With this configuration, it would achieve better performance and better power efficiency.
Qualcomm also says the new Snapdragon 855 will offer 20 percent more graphics performance and 45 percent CPU performance compared to its predecessors Snapdragon 845.
GAMING WITH ADRENO 640
This time Qualcomm heavily focuses on mobile gaming too. Adreno 640 GPU brings a healthy 20% boost to graphics performance improvement over the Snapdragon 845. There’s support for Vulkan 1.1.
The Snapdragon 855 also boasts Physically Based Rendering (PBR). Means its a shading model that presenting extremely realistic graphics rendering so objects are recreated to the real-life look, feel, depth, and material, presenting extremely realistic, deeply dimensional visuals.
Qualcomm and the developers behind the popular Unity Engine have been working on making PBR more accessible, but the company also works with other engine and game developers in optimizing mobile games for Snapdragon devices.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 will be the first mobile chipset that allows for true HDR gaming. Because of this, users can expect richer colors with more tonal depth, higher dynamic range (as implied by the name), and improved contrast.
Snapdragon 855 Reveal Video
The 855 also has a Hexagon 690 processor specifically dedicated to accelerated AI-related tasks. Qualcomm is saying the Snapdragon 855 will big sizable improvements to tasks that rely on neural network related software. The Adreno, Kyro, and Hexagon processors are all capable of working together to power AI tasks, and Qualcomm is calling its fourth generation AI engine.
The chip manufacturer also says they working with Google‘s open-source machine learning TensorFlow library specifically for on-device mobile performance. One real-world example of this, text recognition using Lens, so if you want to translate text just point out your camera to that text and it will directly process so you won’t see latency or you don’t have to rely so much on cloud communication.
Qualcomm says it’ll now support the HDR10+ and Dolby Vision standards for brighter, more vivid displays. According to Qualcomm, the chip has enough power for HDR video at 120 frames per second, or even 360-degree panoramic video at 8K resolution for volumetric VR.
Qualcomm Aqstic audio technology offers a hardware-based voice assistant accelerator for always-on echo cancellation and noise suppression, plus up to 4 mics far-field mic support for better voice recognition in tough conditions.
Qualcomm’s advanced hardware decoder deliver the ultimate cinema experience with 7x power savings too.
In Camera department Snapdragon 855 uses Qualcomm Spectra 380 image signal processor (ISP).
They also introduce World’s First Computer Vision ISP (CV-ISP) that delivers real-time object recognition, segmentation, and replacement to allow users to isolate and swap out backgrounds and objects– in real-time. The Qualcomm Spectra 380 with its dual 14-bit Computer Vision ISP supports Up to 20 MP dual camera, Up to 32 MP single camera. One of next biggest move is you can now capture photos in HEIF format.
They also introduce world’s first 4K HDR video capture with portrait mode so you can film cinema-grade videos, on top of HDR10+ mobile video capture and playback.
The 855 chipsets itself will feature Qualcomm’s new X24 modem, which supports up to 2Gbps download speeds on LTE (Cat. 20) and uploads speed up to 316 Mbps. On top of that the X50 modem with support for sub-6GHz and mmWave frequency bands that will enable 5G functionality, which will be a separate add for companies that want to offer it.
Qualcomm Introduce the most cutting-edge, secure, and accurate fingerprint solution to date: 3D Sonic. This new technology uses acoustics (sound) to scan the pores of your finger, resulting in a deeply accurate, 3-dimensional read. Over time, your device will learn the unique patterns of your fingerprint for better speed, accuracy, and identification.
Also, 3D Face Detect is a highly detailed and sophisticated identification solution. It uses a 3-camera system to capture a 3-dimensional image of your face. Compared to the 2-dimensional face scans currently in the industry, this method of identification promises better performance and higher accuracy.
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