The Qualcomm’s Snapdragon range of chipsets have grown to become one of the most widely-used platforms for smartphones. The current flagship Snapdragon 855 powers most of the high-end Android smartphones including those from OnePlus, Samsung, Xiaomi and many others. Early details about its successor have surfaced and the upgrades we can expect.
Expected to be called the Snapdragon 865, this new flagship processor should be unveiled later in December this year, but will only make its way to smartphones a few months later when the 2020 flagship season commences. Codenamed SM8250, it will bring upgrades in departments such as performance, photography and network connectivity.
Based on information shared by Twitter user Roland Quandt, the Snapdragon 865 will come in two variants with identical technical capabilities, but one of them will natively include a 5G modem, most likely to be the Snapdragon X55 modem.
The few 5G phones we saw in 2019 needed an additional modem to be able to communicate over 5G networks. An integrated modem saves up space on the inside of a phone, which can be used for other components.
The two Snapdragon 865 variants are codenamed ‘Huracan’ and ‘Kona’ and also support UFS 3.0 storage standard for considerably faster read and write space. It is also rumoured to support LPDDR5X RAM. Naturally, the 5G-enabled model is expected to be more expensive and will be used by smartphone manufacturers in suitable markets.
Samsung has snagged the order to manufacture these new flagship Snapdragon chipsets on a new 7nm ultra-violet (EUV) process, and the Samsung Galaxy S11 could be one of the first smartphones to be powered by the Snapdragon 865.
Along with these upgrades in connectivity, the SD865 is also expected to bring performance improvements, higher battery efficiency and better image processing and multiple camera support at higher megapixel counts. It is likely to power most 2020 flagships. More details about the same should surface in the coming months.