The next flagship chipset from Qualcomm will be released soon, and the release date is getting closer as we approach the end of 2019. It is a successor to the Snapdragon 855+, and the name is believed to be Snapdragon 865. The preliminary specs got leaked by a reliable source. As Qualcomm has already announced it is holding its annual Tech Summit in early December, we look forward in anticipation to the Snapdragon 865 making an official appearance.
It comes with exciting features 2160 x 3840 pixels 4K display, an Ultra HD resolution type, and other features like the HDR10+, 10-bit color depth, and Rec2020 color gamut.
It is no coincidence that it took only a day after Qualcomm revealed that it is prepping to release its next-generation Snapdragon 865 chipset at the Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit 2019, for the key specifications of the chip to be leaked.
The Snapdragon 865 chip a successor to the SD 855 and SD 855+, which is a leader for flagship smartphones released in 2019. The Snapdragon 865 has an octa-core CPU, according to information leaked, and it has a base clock speed of 1.8GHz. Geekbench listing had earlier revealed the benchmark scores, allegedly of the SD865, and this information tallies with the initial report.
The details of the basic specifications of the chipset were also leaked, as the SD865 chip is said to have four Kryo Silver (Cortex-A55) cores assigned to run at 1.8GHz, three Kryo Gold (Cortex-A77) cores at 2.42GHz frequency and a single Kryo Gold core with a 2.84GHz clock speed. The Snapdragon 865 comes with a flagship chipset that runs on the Adreno 650 for better graphics performance with a 587MHz clock speed.
According to information released, the SD865 gets several upgrades on the SD855, as there is a performance increase of up to 20% on the SD865. Also, the GPU performance from Adreno 640 got a well-deserved boost and performed 17-20% better than the last generation. The Adreno 650 that is rumored to come with the SD865 will offer better gaming performance alongside other better graphical features.
One thing, however, that easily catches our attention is that Qualcomm is adding support for HDR10+, and it is not the HDR10+ the current chip is supporting. They have decided to introduce a new standard for HDR videos. Qualcomm has decided to develop its technology, and this comes as a surprise as the HDR10+ is royalty-free and open to use by any company. The more surprising information is that Qualcomm has named it just like the existing Samsung HDR10+ standard.
The leaked information also revealed that Qualcomm would come with two versions of the upcoming flagship chipset – one with an integrated 5G modem and another one without for countries where 5G penetration is non-existent.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chip is expected to be made on a 7nm architecture process with support for LPDDR5X RAM and UFS 3.0 storage, and also set to be mass-produced starting early 2020. LPDDR4X has a transfer speed of up to 4,266 Mbps; the LPDDR5X will go even faster as it raises the number to 6,400Mbps, which is an increase of about 50%.
The new speed is going to help improve performance in virtually all aspects. The opening of large files and heavy apps will become quicker; it will improve multitasking and also increase the speed of switching between apps. Gamers will enjoy playing games as games will run smoother, and the camera will get an increase in processing speed.
Combined with the faster UFS 3.0 storage, LPDDR5 RAM will result in noticeably better user experience and can even overshadow the gains from the new CPU. It was revealed that Samsung would serve as a manufacturing partner for its foundry.
According to an earlier announcement, the Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit 2019 kicks off by December 3 in Maui, Hawaii. More details about the chip are expected to be released at the summit.
However, according to predictions, the new Qualcomm chip will be released around December 5, 2019. If this prediction is correct, it means we will have to wait till early 2020 before we see the first set of phones to carry it. All this means we will have a rich set of Snapdragon 865 phones to choose from, come next year. The Samsung Galaxy S11 flagships likely are the first to come with the chip as it is usually released in February.
|Features||AI||Qualcomm Hexagon 695 Processor|
|Audio||TrueWireless, Broadcast Audio, Aqstic audio, aptX audio|
|Charging||Quick Charge 4+|
|Geekbench Scores||Single-Core: 4179
|DISPLAY||Supported Display||2160 x 3840 pixels 4K|
|Resolution Type||Ultra HD|
|Features||HDR10+, 10-bit color depth, Rec2020 color gamut|
|GENERAL||Device Type||Mobile Platform|
|Announced||Expected announcement: December 2019|
|Status||Rumored (Not officially announced)|
|CPU & GPU||CPU||1x Cortex-A77 (custom) @3.0 GHz
3x Cortex-A77 (custom) @2.5 GHz
4x Cortex-A55 (custom) @1.8 GHz
|API Support||OpenCL 2.0 FP, OpenGL ES 3.2, Vulkan 1.1, DirectX 12|
|RAM Speed||2160 MHz, 16-bit, quad-channels|
|Storage Type||eMMC 5.1, UFS 2.1, UFS 3.0|
|CAMERA||Rear Camera||Dual 32MP + 32MP
Single 48MP, MFNR, ZSL or 192MP
|Front Camera||Dual 32MP + 32MP
Single 48MP, MFNR, ZSL or 192MP
|Camera Features||Qualcomm Spectra 480 ISP, Hardware accelerator for computer vision (CV-ISP), Dual 14-bit CV-ISPs|
|Video Capture||4320p 8K @30fps, 2160p 4K @150fps, 1080p @60fps, 720p @480fps slo-mo|
|Codec Support||H.265 (HEVC), HDR10+, HLG, HDR10, H.264 (AVC), VP8, VP9|
|Video Playback||4320p 8K @30fps, 2160p 4K @150fps, 1080p @60fps, 720p @480fps slo-mo|
|CONNECTIVITY OPTIONS||LTE Modem||Integrated 5G modem
Download peak speed up to 7 Gbps
Downlink 7×20 MHz carrier aggregation (CA)
Upload peak speed up to 3Gbps
3×20 MHz carrier aggregation (CA)
|5G Modem||Snapdragon X55 Modem|
|Wi-Fi Bands||2.4 GHz, 5 GHz|
|USB Supported||USB 3.1|
|GNSS||Beidou, Galileo, GLONASS, Dual frequency GNSS, GPS, QZSS, SBAS|
|Calling Features||Dual SIM dual VoLTE with SRVCC to 3G and 2G, HD, Ultra HD Voice (EVS), CSFB to 3G and 2G|