Wednesday, 11 December, 2019

Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 865 flagship is right here - with out built-in 5G

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Cecil Davis | 03 December, 2019, 23:22

Mobile microprocessor giant Qualcomm today announced its Snapdragon 865, which lacks 5G, and 765, which has integrated 5G. The chip will include features for artificial intelligence tasks such as identifying objects in photos stored on smartphones, as well as a modem for connecting to 5G networks, which are rolling out this year and next and are expected to be much faster than current 4G networks.

As was the case a year ago, Qualcomm is telling us the name of its upcoming product today, but not much else. Alex Katouzian, senior vice president and general manager, mobile at Qualcomm, also said the Snapdragon 865's ISP can capture 4K video at 64 fps, with each frame displayed at very high resolution.

Qualcomm has formally introduced its next-generation flagship processor for telephones - the Snapdragon 865 - nevertheless it'll nonetheless want a separate (and non-compulsory) modem for enabling 5G as an alternative of an built-in 5G modem constructed proper into the chipset. Given that this is just Day 1 of Qualcomm's 3-day tech extravaganza, the company is being rather light on details for now.

Over the past few years Qualcomm has used Snapdragon Summit to launch its flagship Snapdragon platform - the Snapdragon 845 in 2017, the 855 in 2018 - so it's no surprise that Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 865. For the moment, here are some photos of the Snapdragon 865 and the Snapdragon 765/765G, along with size comparisons with an American dime. The naming seems to imply a combination of two family trees, one from the Snapdragon 700 series, the other from the 800 line. The company already teased the Snapdragon 865 and 765 along with a new 3D Sonic Max fingerprint sensor.

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Instead, the chip will work alongside the Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF System.

The Snapdragon 765 looks to continue that trend. Motorola will also use both Snapdragon 865 and Snapdragon 765 SoCs. Given the trend in the past year or two, it's also not unexpected that Qualcomm is putting a heavy emphasis on 5G yet again, particularly "scaling 5G", and, of course, Artificial Intelligence. But what devices will feature the latest and greatest Snapdragon chip?

We don't anticipate that the Oppo or Xiaomi phones will be available in the U.S., but the upcoming OnePlus 8 Pro will most likely include the Snapdragon 865.