The Snapdragon 845 is Qualcomm’s next flagship chipset for the year 2018. The SD 845 will replace the current Snapdragon 835 chipset as the latest and greatest in SoC technology for Android smartphones. Let’s look at what the latest and greatest from Qualcomm has to offer.
Like always the new SD 845 brings in the usual improvements over its predecessor. Those include a 25% boost in general performance, 30% boost in graphics performance, 30% lower power consumption, and improved image processing.
The new CPU will employ the new A75 and A55 microarchitectures. With four Kryo cores (A75) running at up to 2.8GHz and the other four Kryo(A55) running at 1.8GHz. This new cores will be based on the first-ever DynamoIQ big.LITTLE CPU organization.
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The graphics department will be handled by the new Adreno 630 which will deliver up to 30% improvements in graphics as well as 30% reduction in power consumptions over the last generation. The processor architecture remains the same at 10nm but it’s the second generation bringing in around 10% of improvements in performance and 15% improvements in power consumption.
Coming to the exciting parts, the new SoC is capable of capturing videos of up to (with HDR 10 support) 4K resolutions at 60fps, 1080p at 240fps, and 720p at 480fps. It also supports up to one 32MP single or 16MP dual hybrid setup.
There are also improvements in the AI department which is up to 3x better than before, according to Qualcomm. The charging capabilities have also improved with a new “Quick Charge 4+”. The new Quick Charge will keep your device cooler, charge 15% faster and up to 30% more effectively.
The new SoC also has a dedicated piece of silicon that acts as a vault for all the security information like your fingerprint data, face scans, iris scans etc.
The improvements do include the latest X20 LTE modem, which will provide gigabit connectivity. And as Qualcomm says you will be able to download a full 3GB HD movie in just 3 minutes or simply up to 1.2Gbps down and 150Mbps up.
Qualcomm will be working with Samsung to manufacturer the new SoC. Samsung itself will use the processor on their Galaxy S9, no surprises there. But Xiaomi‘s CEO also confirmed their flagship for 2018 will also employ the new chipset, most probably the Xiaomi Mi 7.
But we expect almost all of the flagship phones to launch in 2018 will feature this new SoC. Apart from the high-end smartphones, low-end Windows 10 laptops and Chromebooks might also come with the same chipset. This might open doors for some affordable laptops as well.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Specs:
- CPU: Kryo 385 (25% better than on SD 835)
- GPU: Adreno 630 (30% better than on SD 835)
- ISP: Spectra 280
- Improvements in AI (by 3 times)
- Better Video Capture (4K HDR at 60fps)
- Supports 10-bit color depth
- One billion shades of colors
- Gigabit LTE (up to 1.2 Gbps)
- More power efficient (30% better than on SD 835)
- Slow-motion (1080p at 120fps and 480fps at 720p)