Qualcomm introduces flagship Snapdragon 865 processor, more 5G products

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The chipset is expected to be available in upcoming flagship Android phones in 2020, including the Samsung Galaxy S11 and Note 11 series.

Today, an engineering machine equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor appeared on the GeekBench 4 website. "When we look at the X55 and the ability to deliver the maximum capabilities across all of the feature set, [external] looked like the right approach", explained Amon, "especially when we looked at the size of the modem, as well as the performance of the application processor". However, the 5G modem is not integrated into the chipset, and according to a report in The Verge, the two are a packaged deal, which means manufacturers will have to offer 5G with the Snapdragon 865 processor.

Qualcomm is so thrilled by its new chips, it brought SlashGear along with hundreds of other global media out to the Snapdragon Summit to tell us all about them.

Qualcomm does not provide details about the chips to the keynote of tomorrow, but the company did provide some basic information this morning.

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Qualcomm Adreno 620 GPU with up to 20% performance boost. We'll be running Snapdragon 865 benchmark tests soon to confirm these numbers.

Snapdragon 865 is Qualcomm's most powerful chipset to date.

So it's a big deal that Qualcomm is able to roll out these updates directly from the Play Store, but the fact that it's able to do so in the first place is all because of Project Mainline.

Instead, the Snapdragon 865 will offer support 5G in the same way as the current 855 generation, by requiring a separate modem 5G (in this case, the second generation of x55 models). It shares spectrum with 4G networks, which allows for easier deployment of 5G in dense areas.

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And it's waiting for everyone, from individual netizens to enterprises, to give in to the cloud, and accept that your data will be stored somewhere else, on someone else's computer, and you'll need high-speed 5G to get at it immediately from your computer or handheld wherever you are. The 865 is aimed at high-end phones and similar devices. But it could affect the size and power consumption of the next smartphones.

Qualcomm hasn't announced the design details - it's spending the first day of its Snapdragon Summit talking about how it will position its next-gen chips.

Besides 5G, the most consumer-facing perks of the Snapdragon 865 chipset are the improvements to cameras.

For smartphone computational photography fans, Qualcomm's 765 platform's multi-camera capture will enable telephoto, wide and ultrawide lenses without additional equipment. This translates to being able to capture 8K video at 30 FPS, 4K HDR video at 60 FPS while simultaneously capturing 64 megapixels photos, and can support cameras up to 200 megapixels. For instance, devices in China, the USA and Europe can use the same platform even if the 5G approaches are different. "See you at K30!". That's going to change in 2020 with unlimited super slow motion video. Apple was forced to come to an agreement with Qualcomm after Intel was unable to meet Apple's modem needs.

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