With the Qualcomm processor slated for the next generation of Android smartphones expected to launch at CES 2017, leaked slides have revealed specs and performance of the Snapdragon 835. Notable for shrinking the die from 14nm to 10nm, the GPU should provide a 20% performance increase for VR…

Back in November, Qualcomm pre-announced a few general specs for the 835 and detailed the benefits of a die shrink to 10nm. Namely, there would be a 27% performance improvement and up to 40% less power consumption compared to the previous version. The 30% increase in area efficiency obviously also allows for thinner phones and more room for other components.

More specifically, the octa-core Kryo 280 will allegedly provide a 20% performance boost for VR, app load times, and web browsing when compared to the quad-core 2.15GHz and 1.6GHz Kryo in the Snapdragon 820. The CPU continues to use a big.LITTLE implementation with four high performance cores that can be clocked up to 2.45GHz.

Meanwhile, the other four make up an “Efficiency Cluster” that can be clocked up to 1.9GHz. The slides note 80% of time will be spent on these cores for better overall efficiency.


The all-important Adreno 540 GPU has support for 4K@60fps displays with 25% faster graphics rendering. Meanwhile, the Hexagon 690 DSP responsible for digital signal processing supports TensorFlow, Google’s library for machine learning tasks.

Qualcomm projects 50% less energy usage than the 801, though bear in mind this comparison is to a processor from early 2014. We’ll likely needs hands-on testing to see if there is really a notable improvement.

Over the course of the next week and the coming months, we should see a plenty of devices launch with the 835. Keep it locked to 9to5Google for the latest news and announcements.

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