“Redmi K30, Mi 10, and OPPO Reno 3 Pro among others will be the first set of smartphones to come powered by Qualcomm’s newest chipsets”
As has been the annual ritual for San Diego-based chipmaker, Qualcomm took the stage at the scenic landscape of Maui island to pull curtains off its latest flagship mobile SoC, the Snapdragon 865. The new Snapdragon 865 chipset will power high-end Android smartphones in 2020, be it the Samsung Galaxy S11, OnePlus 8 or Xiaomi Mi 10. While we are merely guessing about the first two phones, it has been confirmed that the Mi 10 will be powered by the Snapdragon 865 SoC. This was not the only thing that Qualcomm had up its sleeve. The company also announced the Snapdragon 765 and Snapdragon 765G chips with integrated 5G modems to cater to the upper mid-range segment.
While Qualcomm will reveal more details about its latest SoCs tomorrow, it did highlight the fact that the three new processors come with 5G and AI capabilities. Interestingly, while the Snapdragon 765 and 765G come with integrated 5G modems, the Snapdragon 865 continues to offer an optional modem just like its predecessor. However, that also means that the company can offer a better 5G modem down the line, instead of the 2nd-gen X55 modem available currently. The Snapdragon 765 and 765G on the other hand, come with the Snapdragon X52 modem that promises download speeds of up to 3.7Gbps.
Among the pull factors of the Snapdragon 865 SoC is its 5th-gen AI engine which is capable of doing 15 TOPS (trillion operations per second) — 2x faster than the fourth-gen AI processor on the Snapdragon 855 silicon. Qualcomm is also taking megapixel wars to another level its super-powerful chip can support cameras with a resolution of up 200-megapixels. Furthermore, the devices equipped with the flagship SoC can shoot 8k videos at 30fps, while one can simultaneously record 4k footage and capture photos at 64MP resolution.
For the burgeoning mobile gaming segment, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 boasts the Snapdragon Elite Gaming that promises to offer 25 percent improved gaming experience. Some of the features of the Snapdragon Elite Gaming will also be available for the Snapdragon 765 and 765G SoCs. As you could guess, the 765G is specifically targeted at gamers.
Even though we’ll get the actual details for these new chips tomorrow, Qualcomm is claiming that the all-new Snapdragon 865 ranks number one in all the aspects — from sustained CPU and GPU performance to fastest image signal processor, and from ultra-fast AI processing to a comprehensive 5G support.
As far as devices powered by these chipsets is concerned, several brands like Xiaomi, Nokia, OPPO, Motorola, Realme, Vivo and ZTE have announced that they’ll among the first set of phonemakers to introduce smartphones utilising them. As a matter of fact, the Xiaomi Redmi K30 — launching next week — will be powered by the Snapdragon 765G processor. HMD Global announced that it will launch a 5G Nokia phone with Snapdragon 765 in Q1 2020, Oppo Reno 3 Pro will also be powered by a Snapdragon 765 chipset, while a Snapdragon 865-powered Oppo flagship will launch in Q1 2020.
Disclosure: this writer is attending Snapdragon Tech Summit in Maui, Hawaii on Qualcomm India’s invitation