Qualcomm launches the Snapdragon 865 to power the flagships of 2020

Ruben Fields
December 6, 2019

While Qualcomm wouldn't explicitly confirm its plans to offer updates to its Adreno GPU drivers over the Play Store were a direct outcome of Project Mainline, they all but said that was the case when I queried them during a briefing last month.

In 5G spiel, this really is Quaclomm's do-it-all chip. And that's good news for 5G adoption.

The Galaxy S11 may still be months away, but Qualcomm'sannouncement of the premium Snapdragon 865 chipset on Tuesday gives us a good idea of how the S11's inner workings might be.

That is likewise when the Snapdragon 865 is calendar to advance into cell phones. It added it would indeed be interesting to see who is the first-ever to introduce a Snapdragon 865 phone among all the Chinese manufacturers of smartphones. The Snapdragon 865 is the premium chipset which means we may find it in most premium flagship smartphones. Current phones can only do this for a second or two.

Although Qualcomm is quick to focus on the 5G benefits considering most of the tech world is waiting for the 5G revolution to take place, that's only one of the areas of improvements. Qualcomm refers to this as "ground-breaking photography that you've never seen before on mobile". You can punch into a scene without a tremendous loss of detail. It's a similar motivation behind why people here and there shoot TechRadar recordings in 4K regardless of whether people will transfer in 1080p. Of course, in photos, as megapixels increase, pixel sizes (microns) tend to get smaller, so a dark concert may not be the best choice. The use of the Snapdragon X55 is evidence that the Snapdragon 865 still relies on a separate modem. However, going by past many years, it is likely to be South Korean smartphone giant Samsung.

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Qualcomm is claiming "desktop-quality gaming" with new tools that Samsung can use in conjunction with the Adreno 650 GPU. It will also render over 1 billion colors. Qualcomm says its Snapdragon 865SoC is capable of supporting refresh rates of up to 144Hz.

The Snapdragon 765 and 765G help 2133MHz LPDDR4X RAM, whereas the twin 14-bit Spectra 355 ISP can help one 192 MP fundamental digital camera sensor or a 36 MP shooter with zero shutter lag, or two 22 MP cams with zero shutter lag. On laptops, we get the usual OS updates and security updates and we update our graphics drivers separately. Because the Galaxy S10 used the Snapdragon 855, the Galaxy S9 had the Snapdragon 845 and so on, the 865 will nearly certainly be found in the Galaxy S11.

A 200-megapixel camera, anyone? In other words, any phone powered by 865 will also be 5G-ready - and that's for both the fastest "mmWave" and longer-range "sub-6" flavors of 5G technology.

Other considerations will drive 5G adoption outside the USA, he added.

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