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With one of the first keynotes of CES 2017, Qualcomm has officially launched the Snapdragon 835. Slated for this year’s wave of Android devices, users can expect a 20% jump in various CPU tasks, increased energy efficiency, and support for Quick Charge 4.0.

The Snapdragon 835 is notable for shrinking the die from 14nm to 10nm. This results in 25% less power usage over the 820. With leaked slides showing a 50% energy decrease compared to a three-year old 801, Qualcomm cited some battery figures: one day of talk time, over five days of music playback, or over seven hours of 4K video streaming.

Support for Quick Charge 4.0 provides 5 hours worth of power from a 5 minute plug-in. Compliant with USB-C and USB Power Delivery, version 4.0 promises 20% faster charging while maintaining 5°C cooler temperatures.

From a quad-core 820/821 last year, the 835 features an octa-core Kryo 280 that continues to use a big.LITTLE architecture for a 20% performance boost in app load times, web browsing, and VR.

Four high performance cores can be clocked up to 2.45GHz, while the rest of the cores (up to 1.9GHz) make up an “Efficiency Cluster” where 80% of processing time will take place.

On the GPU front, the Adreno 540 has support for 4K@60fps displays with 25% faster graphics rendering from last year’s chip. The Hexagon 690 DSP responsible for digital signal processing supports Google TensorFlow, allowing for on-device machine learnings tasks, like object and voice recognition, hand tracking, and biometric authentication.

Other specs include an integrated Snapdragon X16 LTE modem and enhanced camera processing. Connectivity-wise, there is support for 4X carrier aggregation, 4×4 MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0, and 802.11ad Wi-Fi, while various other advancements combine for smoother zoom, better auto-focus, and video stabilization.

We should see plenty of devices launching with the Snapdragon 835 by the first half of 2017.

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