Images of Snapdragon’s upcoming chip the SD835 have appeared on the web giving us a bunch of informations on the upcoming chip such as the fact that it is an octo-core processor and the use of their new architecture, the Kyro 280. The Snapdragon 835 will be announced at the CES 2017 in Las Vegas.
The chip is inscribed in 10nm. The chip is said to have an energy efficiency that is better optimised by 50% compared the SD801. It’ll therefore consume half the energy that was consumed by the 801 released in 2014.
This chip comes with a Kyro 280 architecture and will embark 8 cores. Among these 8 cores, 4 will have a clock speed of 2.45GHz for high performances and the other 4 cores will have a clock speed of 1.9 GHz for everyday tasks.
About the graphic performances of the chip, it’ll come with a GPU Adreno 540 compatible with Direct X12, OpenGL, ES and Vulkan. Also, it’ll have a DSP Hexagon 690 and X16 LTE modem faster than the X12 of the SD820 and 821.
The SD835 has a 30% increase in area efficiency allowing for thinner smartphones and more rooms for other components. It also comes with Qualcomm Haven Security (full biometric suit).
From the above informations we have we can theoretically expect very good and better optimised performances from the previous generations. However this is not the case for the CPU performance of the chip. Tests have been made on the chip. Indeed on GeekBench, the SD835 has a score of 1844 in single-core and 5426 in multi-core. The SD821 used in Google's Pixels and Oneplus 3 and 3T has a score of 1500 in single-core. However we see that the SD835 has less CPU performance than Huawei's Kirin 960 that has a score of 1900 in single-core and 6500 in multi-core. Beware as it seems the chip has been tested on a test platform that test for the stability of the chip and not it performance. It may deliver different scores when integrated in a consumer device.
However keep in mind that GeekBench only gives scores on the CPU performance. Passing the chip through AnTuTu that test more components (CPU, GPU, RAM etc…) shows that the SD835 has better overall performances than the Kirin 960 indeed it gives a very good score of 180,000 points whereas the Kirin 960 gives 120,000 points and the SD820 gives a score of 140,000.
However all these are just speculations and we will have to wait for the official presentation by Qualcomm at the CES 2017 at Las Vegas to see the real thing.