Qualcomm Announces Samsung’s 10nm Process-Based Snapdragon 835 SoC, Coming Next Year

Qualcomm has officially revealed the name of its next-generation mobile processor, the Snapdragon 835. The new chip, all set to arrive in 2017 alongside Samsung Galaxy S8. Qualcomm has also introduced its latest Quick Charge 4.0 technology purely based on Samsung’s 10nm manufacturing process. Here are the details.


If that’s the case, Qualcomm expects devices launching in next year with first SD835 processors, possibly includes Galaxy S8 that too with Quick Charge 4.0 supporting 20 percent faster charging than the current technology. This next-gen Snapdragon 835 flagship SoC (system on a chip) was rumored to be built by Samsung, using its 10-nanometer FinFET process, and today it becomes accurate.

Compared to the current 14-nanometer Snapdragon 821, which was also built by Samsung, the new 10nm packs 30 percent more parts into the same space, yielding 27% better performance while drawing up to 40 percent less power, as the company says. However it also improved the design, which will give a “significant” improvement over battery life.

Other companies, such as Intel and TMSC are also been working on the same 10-nanometer chips, but Samsung said it’s the first to start building them. The chipmaker Qualcomm has teamed up with the South Korean manufacturer Samsung to develop new chip which entered mass production in October this year.

These processing units are combined with a more advanced chip design and architecture that can create significant battery life. The system uses its “INOV” technlogy, and suggests it is compatible with Google’s new guidelines for USB Type-C charging. Qualcomm says its system has “advanced safety features for both the adapter and mobile device”.

For instance, it can gauge current, voltage and temperature to safegaurd the battery, cables and connectors. How? There’s an additional layer of protection that being added to help prevent battery overheating and regulate current throughout every charge cycle, as per its release notes.


In addition to that, there’s “compatibility with USN Power Delivery” feature, should meet Google’s compatibility specs. “While this is called out as ‘STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.’ in future Android versions we might REQUIRE all type-C devices to support full interoperability with standard type-C chargers,” as Google says.

Expected to witness Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chips based on Samsung’s 10nm processing in the first half of 2017. The company says it conforms to Google’s Nougat specs for USB Type-C. Keith Kressin, senior vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies. Inc. says:

We are excited to continue working together with Samsung in developing products that lead the mobile industry. Using the new 10nm process node is expected to allow our premium tier Snapdragon 835 processor to deliver greater power efficiency and increase performance while also allowing us to add a number of new capabilities that can improve the user experience of tomorrow’s mobile devices

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