We all knew the Snapdragon 835 was coming, so it really shouldn’t surprise anyone that Qualcomm took the wraps off their newest mobile CPU at CES 2017. What might be a little surprising is just how hard Qualcomm is going to push this processor to power every single gadget it can possibly be used in.
If you want to dig into the gritty details, the Snapdragon 835 has moved to a 10nm manufacturing process, which means a significant reduction in size, an improvement in battery life, and better performance compared to the 14nm Snapdragon 820. It should also run a bit cooler, solving a problem that’s plagued certain Snapdragon chips before. It can utilize four performance cores clocked at 2.45GHz and four efficiency cores clocked at 1.9GHz, so we should see some insane performance from this year’s version.
Qualcomm paired the Snapdragon 835 with an X16 modem to match data speeds with processing speeds, bringing gigabit-class transfer speeds to mobile devices. That’s a ground-breaking achievement for an integrated modem, which is something Qualcomm should be proud of.
But the biggest selling point of the Snapdragon 835 is that Qualcomm wants it to be in literally every gadget you own. I’m not kidding when I say everything, either, since Qualcomm’s press release states it can be used in not only Android devices (duh) but also VR/AR displays, connected home accessories and devices, tablets and PCs, and pretty much any device running Android or Windows. It also supports legacy Win32 applications, which is a huge deal for laptops and 2-in-1 tablets. Intel is probably sweating bullets over that.
Qualcomm already heavily dominates the smartphone market, but if they can work their way into the PC and laptop market they could easily outpace some of the other heavy hitters (like Intel) in the market. It would also help solidify their position even with slowing smartphone growth.
The newest Snapdragon chip also features some other new fancy tech, like Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi 801.11ad, a new DSP from Qualcomm, and some tricks to help the Snapdragon 835 handle audio and visual processing for augmented reality applications.
The Snapdragon 835 was just announced, but we can expect to see it in devices in the first half of 2017.