Earlier this week Qualcomm officially announced the Snapdragon 845 mobile processor at their conference being held in Hawaii. They have now released more details about the new features and improvements they are including in the Snapdragon 845 and what kinds of changes consumers may enjoy when they purchase a device with the new flagship level chip.
One area that Qualcomm focused on is what they are calling “immersion.” This is primarily composed of improvements to the circuitry for capturing video and in processing data for virtual and augmented reality applications. In the world of video capture, Qualcomm says the new Snapdragon 845, along with the new Spectra 280 image signal processor (ISP) and Adreno 630 video subsystems on board, will capture 64 times more high-dynamic range color data. This means the chip can capture 10-bit color depth for over 100 billion different colors. The result of all this will be much better, more realistic looking videos when displayed on 4K/Ultra HD devices.
Qualcomm says the new Snapdragon 845 is the first mobile platform to combine “room-scale 6 degrees of freedom” with “simultaneous localization and mapping” to produce better extended reality, or XR, experiences. Users should see improvements in visual quality and performance when used in virtual and augmented reality. Qualcomm says they also introduced a new concept called “Adreno foveation” that aides in the performance enhancements and will help with reduced power consumption.
In terms of artificial intelligence, Qualcomm says the Snapdragon 845 introduces their third-generation of AI technology. Some of the benefits will include more natural voice interaction, enhanced VR games, and better features when taking pictures or capturing video. Other improvements related to the AI technology include better keyword detection and lower voice processing power requirements.
The step up to a new generation in their flagship processor brought some other improvements from Qualcomm as well. A new secure processing unit (SPU) was added to create a hardware isolated subsystem. The new SPU will help with security related to biometric data and authentication as well as management of encrypted data on a device. In terms of performance, the new chip is expected to perform 25 to 30 percent faster depending on the application while at the same time reducing power requirements by 30 percent for typically intense uses like video capture, gaming, and XR.
Qualcomm says the Snapdragon 845 should hit the market in commercial devices in early 2018.