Just like many of the previous Samsung flagship phones, the Galaxy S8 will be launched in two variants with two different processors. While one chip will be a Samsung’s in-house Exynos processor, the other one will be the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. The Snapdragon variant is generally for the American market, while the global variant is powered by the Exynos chipset. Samsung makes sure that both the chipsets offer the same level of performance and other capabilities.
Qualcomm was expected to announce the chip during the CES 2017, and now the company has announced a few details about the chipset. Besides having better performance over the yesteryear’s Snapdragon 820, the Snapdragon 835 processor will also have new capabilities for virtual reality and taking photos. Qualcomm also says that the new processor will more power-efficient and will consume 25 percent less power than its predecessor.
The Snapdragon 835 will be based on 10nm fabrication technology, which is a first for Snapdragon processor line. The new processor will be better at handling virtual reality and will have faster 3D graphics rendering with 60 times more colour.
Apart from virtual reality capabilities on the smartphones, the chipset will also find its way to standalone virtual reality headsets as well. The Snapdragon 835 is also the first Snapdragon processor to support Ultra HD 4K Premium video playback, including HDR 10. The chipset will also include improvements for image capturing and native support for optical zoom. The autofocus technology and electronic image stabilisation have also been made better.
Quick Charge 4.0 will be the next generation of fast charging technology from Qualcomm and will work fine with the 835. It will be fully compatible with USB Type-C ports while charging 20 percent faster than the Quick Charge 3.0. The Snapdragon 835 powered Galaxy S8 variant will support all the mentioned features, the Exynos processor powered international variant is also likely to get them. LG G6 is also expected to launch with the latest SoC during the first half of the year.