[CES 2017] Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 with Kryo 280 CPU, Quick Charge 4.0, Adreno 540 GPU official

Qualcomm has officially took the wraps off the next-generation flagship processor at on-going CES 2017, called the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. Qualcomm provided first look of Snapdragon 835 last year in November, but today they have shared detailed information of the same.

The Snapdragon 835 is company's first processor to be built on 10nm FinFET process technology. Being processed at 10nm tech, the overall form factor of Snapdragon 835 is 30% smaller than the Snapdragon 820. Also, the new processor is 40% energy efficient. The smaller form factor will allow manufacturers to build devices with thin profile and large battery.

Qualcomm has moved from quad-core setup to octa-core with Snapdragon 835. The processor comes with Kryo 280 CPU. The octa-core setup is based on standard big.LITTLE architecture - 4 big cores and 4 little core arrangement. Kryo 280 CPU comes with 4 performance cores clocked at 2.45GHz and 4 efficiency cores clocked at 1.95GHz.


Talking of GPU and DSP, the Snapdragon 835 comes with Adreno 540 GPU and Hexagon 682 DSP, compared to Adreno 530 GPU and Hexagon 680 DSP found on the Snapdragon 820. In terms of performance, this chipset is 27% faster than its predecessor and provides 25% faster GPU rendering as well.

On the camera front, the chipset can support upto 32MP camera or dual 16MP cameras. Other new important upgrades and features include OpenGL ES 3.2, OpenCL 2.0, Vulkan, DirectX 12, Quick Charge 4.0 (20% faster than Quick Charge 3.0 and can give 5 hours of battery life with just 5mins of charging), DayDream support, Bluetooth 5.0 with native aptX and aptX HD audio support, Spectra 180 ISPX16 Gigabit-Class LTE modem (Cat 13 LTE) and 802.11ad multi-gigabit Wi-Fi module.

According to Qualcomm, the production of Snapdragon 835 have already started and will be appearing in devices in the first half of 2017. We can easily bet that the upcoming Galaxy S8 and LG G6 smartphones will come with SD835 inside.

Also, Qualcomm states that other than smartphones, the Snapdragon 835 can be used in AR and VR experience devices as well like VR glasses.


You can read detailed features of Snapdragon 835 below:

  • Kryo 280 CPU with four performance cores running at up to 2.45 GHz and four efficiency cores running up to 1.9GHz;
  • an integrated Snapdragon X16 LTE modem with support for Category 16 LTE download speeds up to one gigabit per-second, and Category 13 LTE upload speeds up to 150 megabits per-second;
  • integrated 2×2 11ac MU-MIMO with up to 50 percent reduction in size and up to 60 percent reduction in Wi-Fi power consumption, compared to the Snapdragon 820;
  • 802.11ad Multi-gigabit Wi-Fi, offering up to 4.6 gigabits per-second peak speed;
  • the world’s first certified Bluetooth 5 commercial technology offering up to two megabits per-second speed and a suite of features that enable many new use cases. (Bluetooth, FM radio, Wi-Fi and RF offered through companion WCN3990 solution);
  • Adreno 540 GPU with support for OpenGL ES 3.2, full OpenCL 2.0, Vulkan and DX12;
  • Hexagon 682 DSP with HVX;
  • Qualcomm All-Ways Aware™ technology with support for the Google Awareness API;
  • dual-channel LP DDR4x memory at 1866MHz;
  • Qualcomm Location with support for GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, and QZSS systems, which in combination with LTE/Wi-Fi/Bluetooth connectivity to provide “always-on” location and context awareness;
  • up to 32 MP single and 16 MP dual-camera with Qualcomm Spectra 180 ISP, 2x ISP, 14-bit, hybrid autofocus (laser/contrast/structured light/dual-phase detection AF), Qualcomm® Clear Sight™, optical zoom, hardware accelerated face detection and HDR video recording;
  • 4K Ultra HD video capture @ 30 fps, up to 4K Ultra HD video playback @ 60 fps, support for H.264 (AVC) and H.265 (HEVC);
  • maximum On-Device and External Display Support including Ultra HD Premium™ ready, 4K @60fps, wide color gamut support, 10-bit color depth;
  • Quick Charge 4 technology;
  • the Snapdragon security platform including the Qualcomm® SecureMSM™ hardware and software and the Qualcomm Haven security suite;
  • Qualcomm Aqstic™ WCD9341 audio codec combined with Snapdragon 835 supports an audiophile grade DAC with 32-bit/384kHz support with an SNR at 115dB and ultra-low -105dB THD+N and native DSD hi-fi audio playback. Additionally, the Snapdragon 835 supports Qualcomm® aptX™ and aptX HD Bluetooth audio with 2x improved power for wireless connectivity;
  • manufactured on 10nm FinFET technology.

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