Now that Qualcomm has fully revealed the Snapdragon 835 chipset, we know what the company has been working on over the past year. Not only has Qualcomm switched to a more power-efficient and advanced 10nm FinFET process from Samsung, but the company has also equipped its latest flagship mobile chipset with a host of connectivity and imaging-related features. It is surely a better offering than last year’s Snapdragon 820 SoC, but is it better than chipsets from rival companies? Let’s find out.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor competes with the HiSilicon Kiri 960 from Huawei and the Exynos 8890 chipset from Samsung. The chipset comes with an octa-core 64-bit Kryo 280 CPU, an Adreno 540 GPU with support for Vulkan and DX12, faster LPDDR4X RAM, UFS 2.1 storage controller, a gigabit LTE modem, full support for Wi-Fi ad, dual ISP for improved imaging, an inbuilt DAC for audiophile grade sound, and a faster Quick Charge 4.0 rapid charing technology.
Here’s how the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset compares with the Kirin 960 chipset from Chinese rival Huawei and the Exynos 8890 from Korean frenemy Samsung. The upcoming Exynos 8895 chipset from Samsung would’ve been a much better match to the Snapdragon 835. However, since the Exynos 8895 has not been unveiled yet officially, we’re sticking to the Exynos 8890 for this specifications comparison.