Snapdragon 845 – new and improved, but not very impressive

- Adrian Ungureanu

Qualcomm has unveiled on the details about their latest chipset, the Snapdragon 845, which will be equip the premium smartphones in 2018. The improvements are there, but it feels that they won’t outperformed Apple’s A11 Fusion chipsets.

New Kryo 385 CPUs
The new Snapdragon 845 chipset has 8 new Kryo CPUs. Four clocked at 2.8 GHz and four cloked at 1.8GHz. In other words, the new SD 845 should provide 25% more performance than the SD 835.

Adreno 630 Visual Processing Subsystem
The Qualcomm Adreno 630 Visual Processing Subsystem (including GPU, VPU and DPU), is featuring a room-scale 6DoF with SLAM, Adreno Foveation, and a 30% improvement in graphics/video rendering compared to the previous generation. It’ll support 2 X 2K display, at a refresh rate of 120Hz, which means that Qualcomm is taking into account that there wll be companies that will make foldable smartphone equipped with two displays.

AI Platform
The 3rd Generation Qualcomm Hexagon 685 DSP supports sophisticated, on-device AI processing, delivering richer camera, voice, XR and gaming experiences. They say, the new 685 should make the AI operation work three times faster than on the Hexagon 692 co-processors which are present on the Snapdragon 835 chipset.

Qualcomm Spectra 280 ISP
The Qualcomm Spectra 280 ISP is designed to deliver a premium camera and XR experience, with high-performance capture of up to 16 MP at 60 images per second. Video enthusiasts will appreciate cinema-like quality video thanks to ultra HD premium capture with richer color. It’ll offer support for dual camera up to 32MP, 16+16MP.

X20 Modem & Wi-Fi
New flexibility means that more operators around the world can offer lightning-fast Gigabit LTE service, now with up to 20% faster peak and real-world speeds compared to our last generation X16 LTE modem. Users can also experience similar lightning-fast speeds with 802.11ad multi-gigabit Wi-Fi and integrated 2×2 802.11ac.

Maybe they are better than the Apple A11 Fusion chipset, but we won’t know for sure until some benchmark test results will be out. Still, I doubt the Snapdragon 845 will get higher scores than Apple’s chips.