By Alex Wagner
Yesterday Qualcomm confirmed the existence of the Snapdragon 845, but it didn’t say much else about the chipset that’ll likely power many of 2018′s flagship smartphones. Today, though, Qualcomm let loose all of the details of the SD845.
The Snapdragon 845 includes an octa-core Kryo 385 CPU with four performance cores up to 2.8GHz, which is a 25 percent performance increase from the previous generation Snapdragon chipset, as well as four efficiency cores up to 1.8GHz.
Also included is an Adreno 630 visual processing subsystem that Qualcomm touts has 30 percent improved graphics/video rendering and power reduction compared to the previous generation. There’s room-scale 6 degrees of freedom (6DoF) as well as improved 6DoF with hand-tracking and controller support.
The Qualcomm Spectra 280 image signal processor (ISP) included with the Snapdragon 845 is capable of 4K HDR video capture at 60fps as well as 16MP image capture at 60fps. Slow motion video capture is offered at 720p at 480fps.
On the modem side, there’s a Snapdragon X20 LTE modem included on the SD845 that supports 1.2Gbps LTE Category 18 download speeds. There’s support for License Assisted Access (LAA) LTE in there, too, as well as Dual SIM-Dual VoLTE capabilities and 4×4 MIMO on up to 3 aggregated carriers.
Other wireless capabilities include integrated 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi with Dual Band Simultaneous support and Bluetooth 5 with proprietary enhancements. These enhancements allow users to broadcast Bluetooth audio simultaneously to multiple speakers or other devices and are designed to reduce the battery consumption of wireless earbuds by up to 50 percent.
The Snapdragon 845 includes support for Quick Charge 4+, which can give your phone up to a 50 percent charge in 15 minutes. There’s the Qualcomm Secure Processing Unit in there, too, for biometric authentication and user and app data protection.
All in all, the Snapdragon 845 looks like a pretty feature-packed chipset, though you’d expect no less from Qualcomm’s flagship mobile processor. Many folks are probably wondering when they’ll be able to buy a device powered by the Snapdragon 845, and Qualcomm says that the SD845 is expected to begin shipping in commercial devices in early 2018. Xiaomi has already confirmed that its next flagship smartphone will be powered by the Snapdragon 845.
To get more nitty-gritty on the Snapdragon 845 while we wait for the first devices powered by the chipset to come to market, hit the links below.