Yesterday, we spoke briefly about the announcement of the new processors from Qualcomm, The Snapdragon 865 it’s the 765. Until then, however, we didn’t have many details about the chips other than the information pertinent to the 5G; now, the manufacturer has released several other details about them – and, regarding the more powerful of the two, we can say that we have a formidable rival to the processor A13 Bionic of the latest iPhones.
Direct successor to the Snapdragon 855, which equipped almost every flagships Android world in 2019, the new SoC (System-on-a-Chip) from Qualcomm will do the same with the most powerful devices in 2020; for this, it focuses on three essential aspects: performance, artificial intelligence and low energy consumption.
We have here eight cores, being a high performance (Cortex A77 of 2.84GHz), three of medium performance (Cortex A77 of 2.42GHz) and four of energy saving (Cortex A55 of 1.8GHz). They are capable of delivering up to 20% higher performance than their predecessors – same gain obtained by the integrated GPU, a Adreno 650, which manages QHD + screens up to 144Hz (signaling that, in 2020, we will even have the trend of panels with higher refresh rates).
The Snapdragon 865 supports Bluetooth 5.1 and to Wi-Fi 6, in addition to being able to record videos in 8K(!) at 30 frames per second or 4K at 120 frames per second, in addition to videos in ultra-slow motion (960fps) in 720p, with no duration limit. It is worth noting that the chip still has the same 7 nanometer architecture as last year (and similar to the A13 Bionic).
Regarding the Snapdragon 765, we also have enough firepower here to power intermediate smartphones. It also has eight cores, but only two with high performance and six with low energy consumption; the GPU is the Adreno 620, which brings a 20% performance gain over the Snapdragon 730.
It is worth noting that Qualcomm also presented a variant of SoC, the Snapdragon 765G, focused on more complex games and graphics experiences. It has the same cores as its “common” brother, but the built-in GPU – which is the same Adreno 620 – has improvements and can perform 38% higher than the Snapdragon 730. Both chips (765 and 765G) have a radio 5G integrated, unlike 865 (as we talked about yesterday).
The first smartphones equipped with the new Qualcomm chips are expected to hit the market in early 2020; we may already see the presentations of some of them at the next CES (in January) or at MWC (in February). Not cool?
5G on the iPhone “ASAP”
While developing chips for the Android world, Qualcomm also collaborates with Apple – at least for now – in the development of the infamous 5G modem which, it seems, will equip the 2020 iPhones. In a declaration to the PCMag at the Snapdragon Tech Summit conference today, the president of Qualcomm, Cristiano Amon, stressed that this partnership is of paramount importance for the company.
According to the executive, who is Brazilian, the development of the 5G modem with Apple is “number one priority” in the relationship of the two companies, at this moment, so that the iPhones 5G are launched as soon as possible. Amon regretted, however, that the legal conflicts between the companies had driven them away for so long – otherwise, the collaboration could have started much earlier and had borne fruit much earlier.
We have a multi-year agreement with Apple. Not just one or two, it’s multiple years for our Snapdragon modem. […] We return to our collaboration probably later than both [Apple e Qualcomm] we would like to, and I would say that we have been working together to try to do as much as possible, in addition to making the most of what they did before, to launch a smartphone with 5G in the expected time.
Amon said he is happy with the progress made so far, but did not specify expectations or dates for anything. That is, the iPhone of 2020 with 5G still live – but the process seems to be frantic.
I just think the executive should remember that Apple does not have a very favorable record there for “outsiders” commenting on their future plans. Something tells me that today’s statement will not reach Tim Cook and company…
via Android Central, 9to5Mac