At its annual summit, Qualcomm announced three new flagship chipsets–Snapdragon 865, Snapdragon 765, and Snapdragon 765G. Snapdragon 865 will succeed Snapdragon 855 while Snapdragon 765/765G is a new chipset with integrated support for 5G. Qualcomm claims 865 SoC comes with lots of improvements in terms of performance, photography, and gaming.
The Snapdragon 865 SoC is built using the 7nm fabrication process from TSMC. It features a Kryo 585 CPU and Adreno 650 GPU. Qualcomm claims that Kryo 585 CPU is 25 percent faster than older Snapdragon 855, with the primary performance core using a Kryo 585 clocked at 2.8GHz, three Kryo 585 cores clocked at 2.4GHz and four Kryo 385 cores( based on Cortex-A55) clocked at 1.8GHz.
For 5G support, Snapdragon 865 paired with X55 modem. The X55 is the successor of X50. It is much more powerful and secure than the predecessor. The X55 will support both mmWave and Sub-6 GHz 5G networks. X55 has a maximum download speed of 7 gigabits per second (compared to 5 Gbps on the X50.) It is compatible with both NSA (Non-Standalone) and SA (Standalone) modes, along with Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS).
For wireless connections, it has support for Wi-Fi 6 standard and Bluetooth 5.1. Supported codecs include aptX TWS, aptX Adaptive, and aptX Voice.
In terms of camera, Snapdragon 865 comes with a new Image Signal Processor (ISP) called Spectra 480. The Spectra 480 supports “2 gigapixels per second” speeds. The ISP can also support shooting up to a 200-megapixel, 4K HDR videos recording at 60 fps, 4K at 120 fps or 8K videos at 30 fps. Snapdragon 865 will also support up to 144Hz refresh rate screens with up to QHD+ resolution.
The Snapdragon 865 SoC promises to offer better AI performance than Snapdragon 855. The Snapdragon 865 uses Qualcomm’s 5th generation AI engine, which is powered by a new Hexagon Tensor Accelerator, which Qualcomm claims is twice as fast as predecessor while offering 35 percent better efficiency.
The new Qualcomm Sensing Hub is used to designed run on lesser battery. It will allow tasks such as wake-word monitoring for AI assistants like Alexa or Google Assistant at extremely low power levels (less than 1 mW.)
Snapdragon 765 is the successor of Snapdragon 730. It launched with two variants–765 and 765G. Snapdragon 765 comes with an integrated X52 5G modem. The X52 modem can attain download speed of up to 3.7Gbps and upload speeds of up to 1.6Gbps. Snapdragon 765 paired with Adreno 620 GPU and offers 20 percent better performance. The CPU uses Cortex-A76 cores with a clock speed of 2.3GHz (2.4GHz for 765G), another clocked 2.2Ghz, and six others clocked at 1.8GHz. Just like the Snapdragon X55 modem, the Snapdragon X52 also come support with 5G connectivity features such as mmWave, sub-6GHz, 5G SA and NSA modes, TDD and FDD bands with DSS, 5G roaming and multi-SIM support.
For image and optics, it features with Spectra 355 ISP. It can support up to a 192-megapixel photo, videos at 4K at 30 fps and 1080p at 120 fps.