Qualcomm has announced its next-generation mobile processor – the Snapdragon 835. Qualcomm will be collaborating with Samsung in building the Snapdragon 835 SoCs using the latter’s 10nm FinFET manufacturing process.
Samsung’s 10nm technology is claimed to allow up to 30 per cent increase in area efficiency, 40 per cent lower power consumption and 27 per cent higher performance compared to the 14nm Snapdragon 821.
“Less space doesn’t mean less processing horsepower, however. The 10nm node will help Snapdragon 835 processors achieve high-quality power efficiency and performance while opening up territory for new mobile experiences,” Qualcomm said in a blog post. Snapdragon 835 is expected to ship in commercial devices starting the first half of 2017.
According to Qualcomm, 10nm is the size of a single water molecule and 1000 times smaller than the stand of a hair. With the smaller size of the 10nm sized chips, manufacturers will be able to find more usable space to make the phones thinner or add larger batteries.
“Despite its diminutive form, a chip of this size can open up critical space and introduce major performance gains, giving Snapdragon 835 users more room in their devices for cutting-edge features and superior mobile experiences,” the post added.
Qualcomm will also be introducing Quick Charge 4.0 along with the Snapdragon 835, which the company claims offers 20 per cent faster charging compared to the previous generation Quick Charge 3.0. The company says that using Quick Charge 4 is engineered to give smartphones up to five or more hours of use with just five minutes of charging. Quick Charge 4 will also integrate USB-PD and USB Type-C support.
“In addition to providing the most consistent in-box and out-of-box charging experience, Quick Charge 4 comes with advanced safety features for both the adapter and mobile device,” a Qualcomm press release said.
Protection is implemented at multiple levels and throughout the entire charging process to more accurately measure voltage, current, and temperature while protecting the battery, system, cables and connectors.