Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 shows 30% GPU performance improvement over Snapdragon 821

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 660

Qualcomm announced its upcoming flagship smartphone chipset, the Snapdragon 835, last month. Qualcomm detailed Snapdragon 835’s new rapid charging technology, Quick Charge 4.0, which is also compatible with USB Power Delivery standard. However, the company didn’t give out many details regarding its performance improvement over its current high-end chipset. Now, we’ve spotted a Snapdragon 835-equipped device showing its performance level.

We’ve spotted Qualcomm’s reference platform for the Snapdragon 835 on GFXBench, a GPU performance benchmark. We have noticed that the Adreno 540 GPU is about 30% faster than the Adreno 530 GPU in Snapdragon 821 as per GFXBench’s performance scores. It appears that the chipset has eight Kryo CPU cores that are clocked at 2.2GHz. The device has a 5.9-inch QHD screen, a Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB RAM, and 64GB internal storage.

In the imaging department, the reference platform features a 20-megapixel primary camera and a 12-megapixel secondary camera. Both, the rear-facing as well as the front-facing cameras, can record 4K videos. As usual, the reference device is equipped with a bunch of sensors including accelerometer, barometer, compass, gyroscope, light sensor, proximity, and thermometer. It also has Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, and Wi-Fi connectivity options.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Reference Device Platform Specifications

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Reference Device Platform GPU Performance Score

Smartphones and tablets based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 are expected to be announced in the first quarter of 2017. The Samsung Galaxy S8, the LG G6, and the Xiaomi Mi 6 would be one of the first smartphones to carry the chipset. The Snapdragon 835 chipset is being fabricated by Samsung using its newest 10nm FinFET technology. Samsung’s own Exynos 8895 SoC, which is yet to be officially announced, will also use the same fabrication technology, and will debut with the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 edge.

[Source: GFXBench]


Asif heads the editorial team at MySmartPrice. He has more than six years of experience in reporting consumer technology, and has been quoted in various esteemed publications, including TheVerge, TWiT, and SamMobile. Asif has immense interest in CPUs, GPUs, mobile chipsets, camera sensors, and apps. Asif can be tagged as one of the most patient team members as we often pick his brains when it comes to learn about complex tech topics like camera sensors.

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