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[News] Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 865 5G Premium Flagship Chipset, everything you need to know!

2019-12-05 02:24:40
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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chipsets are found in millions of Android smartphones and tablets thanks to the fact that Qualcomm designs chips for budget, mid-range, and premium mobile devices. Every December, Qualcomm hosts an event they call the Snapdragon Tech Summit where they announce their latest high-end mobile platforms. This year, the company has two new SoCs to show off: the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865. The latter is the successor to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855

The Snapdragon 865 Mobile Platform is our ultimate intelligent mobile platform that will extend the way people see, hear and interact with the world around them. Learn more about all the features of our premium Snapdragon mobile platforms and the experiences they support.

So, Explore the Snapdragon 865 5G Premium features.In this article!

Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 865 mobile platform scales 5G and leading 5th gen AI to power next-generation, premium devices with breakthrough features—from Gigapixel speed photography to desktop-level gaming features to staggering multi-gigabit 5G connectivity.

5G reaches peak performance

This is the most advanced 5G platform—ever. The Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF System achieves staggering multi-gigabit speeds of up to 7.5 Gbps and supports all key regions and frequency bands from 5G mmWave and sub-6, TDD and FDD, to SA and NSA modes. With support for Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS) Snapdragon X55 helps rapidly expand the 5G global footprint.

Innovative and intelligent on-device AI

Our leading 5th generation Qualcomm AI Engine packs 2x the performance of its predecessor. With the bran- new Qualcomm® Hexagon™ Tensor Accelerator, it pushes 15 trillion operations per second with maximum efficiency. This brilliant machine fuels intuitive mobile experiences in photography, gaming and voice interactions such as real-time AI translation.

Qualcomm Sensing Hub

Integrated directly into the AI engine, the all-new Qualcomm® Sensing Hub ensures highly accurate voice detection and always-on contextual awareness for smarter virtual assistants—all while using extremely low power.

Stunning photography at gigapixel speeds

The new Qualcomm Spectra 480 ISP captures professional-quality photos and videos and it’s faster– it can process 2 Gigapixels per second. This Gigapixel speed delivers new camera features including Dolby Vision video capture, 8K video recording, capture 200 megapixel photos, and simultaneously capture 4K HDR video and 64 MP photos.

Desktop-level gaming features

Harness the power of jaw-dropping, desktop-level gaming with a full suite of brand-new Snapdragon Elite Gaming features—exclusively on the Snapdragon 865—including Desktop Forward Rendering for extreme realism and the first-ever updatable GPU drivers on mobile.

Resilient power & performance

The Qualcomm® Kryo™ 585 CPU provides 25% faster performance to power dynamic, process-intensive experiences with incredible efficiency and superior battery life throughout the day. Plus, Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ AI technology checks battery health and safety to help extend battery life cycles up to 200 days.  



Qualcomm says the Snapdragon 865 offers 25% faster raw CPU performance over the Snapdragon 855 or 25% better CPU power efficiency at the same performance point. How did they achieve this performance and efficiency uplift? Most likely due to the addition of newer ARM cores. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 features the same CPU core configuration (and even the same clock speeds and pL2 cache!) as the Snapdragon 855, but the lone Prime core and 3 Performance cores are now derived from the ARM Cortex-A77 design rather than the Cortex-A76.

Qualcomm calls these new CPU cores the Kryo 585, though it’s unclear what customizations the Kryo 585 offers over the standard ARM Cortex A77 reference design. Last year’s Kryo 485 improved upon the ARM Cortex A76 design by introducing bigger out-of-order execution windows and reorder buffer, and more efficient data pre-fetchers.


For the new Adreno 650, Qualcomm touts impressive 20% faster graphics rendering or 35% greater power efficiency (at the same performance point) figures when compared to the Adreno 640 in last year’s Snapdragon 855. Qualcomm emphasizes that the new Adreno 650 allows for better sustained performance, meaning it’ll take longer before your games start dropping frames.

Unfortunately, we don’t have many details on the intricacies of the Adreno 650 itself (such as its maximum clock speed), as Qualcomm is very protective of its custom GPU design. For good reason, too: the Adreno GPU has long outperformed ARM’s Mali GPU. Of course, we’ll have to benchmark the GPU performance on a Snapdragon 865 device to confirm if that’s still true with this generation.

As mobile games continue to grow in popularity and subsequently become more complex and performance intensive, Qualcomm is responding with a series of features under its “Snapdragon Elite Gaming” brand. Snapdragon Elite Gaming was introduced with the Snapdragon 855 last year, and it’s currently composed of features like Jank Reducer that aim to optimize the chipset’s operation during gaming. Now, Snapdragon Elite Gaming is adding support for 5 new features: Desktop Forward Rendering, Game Color Plus, updatable GPU drivers, Snapdragon Game Performance Engine, and Adreno HDR Fast Blend.

  • Desktop Forward Rendering: Qualcomm worked to bring this feature of the Unreal Engine to Android. It’s used by game developers for desktop-class dynamic shadows, planar reflections, motion blur, and other post-processing effects.

  • Game Color Plus: More and more smartphones have HDR-compliant displays. However, HDR content is still scarce, especially in mobile gaming. This feature converts the colors of mobile games from SDR to HDR but supposedly does so in an “intelligent” way as to not sacrifice color accuracy. Qualcomm promises “enhanced details, boosted color saturation and local tone mapping.” OPPO previously announced that they will be first to utilize this technology.

  • Updatable GPU drivers: Typically, updates to the GPU driver are packaged along with other updates before being sent OTA to users. New to the Snapdragon 865 BSP is the ability to update a separate GPU driver stub. If supported by the OEM, the user can download updates to the GPU driver directly from an app store. Google made this possible on the Android side with Project Treble, but we’ve yet to see many OEMs take advantage of this.

  • Snapdragon Game Performance Engine: Qualcomm didn’t provide many details on this feature, but the Snapdragon 865 press release states that “game play is now optimized to the micro-second level” with this feature, “providing adaptive and predictive real-time system tuning for sustained performance over longer periods of time.” It sounds like there could be some machine learning in use here – perhaps OEMs or developers can train models based on game play that, when deployed, adjust parameters to maintain peak performance, similar to how Huawei’s GPU Turbo works.

  • Adreno HDR Fast Blend:This is a new “hardware embedded” feature that can be used to improve performance by up to 2x (when compared to the Snapdragon 855) in scenes with heavy blending, such as when complex particles are rendered on screen.


High refresh rate displays have been a staple of PC gaming for years – just look at how many 144Hz gaming monitors are out there – but the technology has finally taken off in the mobile space. Displays with a high resolution and high refresh rate put a heavy strain on the GPU, but the Adreno 650 in the Snapdragon 865 is capable of pushing QHD+ resolution at 144Hz. We don’t know when a smartphone with a QHD+ 144Hz display will be available, but if one is already in the works, it’ll most likely be powered by the Snapdragon 865.

Qualcomm’s 3D Sonic technology, the company’s ultrasonic under-display fingerprint scanner, is still supported, but notably, the technology is getting a major upgrade. The newer version of the technology is called 3D Sonic Max and has a recognition area of 30mm by 20mm, 17x larger than before. Qualcomm says the accuracy is now 1::1,000,000 versus 1::50,000. The larger recognition area makes it possible for two fingers to be authenticated simultaneously, though in more practical terms, it’ll result in the user having an easier time finding where to place their finger on the sensor.


Qualcomm’s latest fast charging technology has, unfortunately, not made its way to the Snapdragon 865. Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4+ is still available – so long as the OEM licenses it – for up to 27W of fast wired charging. While the charging speed won’t be getting a bump, the battery longevity might be. Qualcomm’s new Quick Charge AI promises the extension of battery life cycles so you can keep using your device for longer without having to buy a new phone or swap the battery (which is mostly impossible to do these days.)

We don’t have details on how Quick Charge AI extends the battery longevity, but it’s possibly dynamically adjusting the voltage like USB Power Delivery’s Programmable Power Supply (PPS). Compared to a similar device with the Snapdragon 730, Qualcomm says a device with the Snapdragon 765 and Quick Charge AI can last up to 200 additional battery life cycles. Comparable figures were not provided for the Snapdragon 855 versus Snapdragon 865, but we can guess they’ll be similar.


Companies like Samsung are finally mass producing LPDDR5 RAM modules for mobile devices, so it’s no surprise that the Snapdragon 865 supports LPDDR5 memory at up to 2750MHz. LPDDR5 is the latest specification that implements features like a dual differential clock system for increasing the frequency without increasing the pin count, a new deep sleep mode for better power consumption, and Link ECC to recover data from failed Read/Write operations.

Since apps and games are constantly swapped in and out of RAM, having faster RAM will result in faster app switching. Just like with the move from UFS 2.1 to UFS 3.0 storage, we won’t know how much a theoretical bump in memory performance will actually end up mattering. Expect to see premium flagship smartphones, likely from Samsung or OnePlus, to be the first to market with LPDDR5 RAM.


Qualcomm isn’t the only player out there with a premium SoC, however. MediaTek’s Dimensity 1000, Huawei’s HiSilicon Kirin 990, and Samsung’s Exynos 990 are all in the same tier as Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865, so we’ll have to wait for commercial products to start shipping before we can declare one of these as the best mobile SoC.

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"Qualcomm AI Engine packs 2x the performance of its predecessor. With the bran- new Qualcomm® Hexagon™ Tensor Accelerator, it pushes 15 trillion operations per second with maximum efficiency."

How well it will work with TensorFlow is not fully understood.

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