Qualcomm is hosting its Snapdragon Tech Summit 2019 in Maui between December 3rd and December 5th. At the ongoing event, the company has introduced its latest processors, including the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 flagship chipset. The new Qualcomm SoC will power high-end Android smartphones coming next year, including the Samsung Galaxy S11 and OnePlus 8 series. Xiaomi, OPPO, and Motorola are already confirmed to be amongst the first phone makers to adopt the latest flagship Snapdragon chipset. Notably, just like the previous flagship chipsets from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 865 continues to offer an optional modem with support for next-gen 5G networks.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor specifications and features
Talking about the features, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor is compatible with the brand’s Snapdragon X55 modem for 5G connectivity. The SoC has the 5th-gen AI engine, which is capable of performing 15TOPS (Tera operations per second) that’s 2x faster than the fourth-gen AI chipset on the Snapdragon 855 series processors. The new Qualcomm chipset supports cameras up to 200-megapixels in resolution. The devices powered by the processor is capable of recording 8K videos at 30fps. Notably, one can record 4K videos and capture images at 64MP resolution at the same time.
Qualcomm has introduced new gaming features with the Snapdragon 865 processor. The chipset flaunts the Qualcomm Snapdragon Elite gaming experience, which is touted to provide a 25 percent improved gaming experience. The company claims that the Snapdragon 865 offers the fastest image signal processor and ultra-fast AI processing to deliver comprehensive 5G support. The handsets powered by the new chipset will support both Standalone and Non-Standalone 5G specifications. The X55 modem onboard these phones is touted to provide a theoretical peak download speed of up to 7Gbps and up to 3Gbps upload speeds. On 4G networks, the same modem offers a peak throughput of 2.5Gbps.
The first smartphones powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 processor will be released in the first quarter of 2020. The Xiaomi Mi 10 will be among the first handsets to utilise this chipset, and it could be launched at MWC 2020