Snapdragon 850 Features: More Performance,Battery Life And AI. This year Qualcomm is launching its second generation Always Connected PC platform, and the Snapdragon 850 SoC, to power the new wave of devices.
Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 850 comes almost a year after Snapdragon 835. The Snapdragon 850 is built from the silicon as the Snapdragon 845, and uses the benefits that the flagship mobile chip introduces for this generation.
This time around however, rather than calling it the Snapdragon 845, similar to the chip inside popular smartphone flagships such as the Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+, LG G7, HTC U12+, and OnePlus 6, Qualcomm is differentiating it by upping the number.
The Snapdragon 850 uses the same silicon floorplan as the Snapdragon 845. However the frequencies and firmware are tweaked for extra performance. Compared to the S845, the S850 has additional CPU frequency with a 2.95 GHz turbo frequency rather than 2.80 GHz.
Aside from the microarchitectural updates, the Snapdragon X20 modem can now reach speeds of 1.2 Gbps. Specifically, Qualcomm state that the platform can now move from ‘all-day’ battery life to ‘multi-day’ battery life.
On the modem the Snapdragon X20 LTE modem now supports licensed 10 MHz spectrum with LAA, which Qualcomm states should allow for Gigabit connectivity speeds in 90% of the worldwide LTE markets when combined with carrier aggregation technology.
The S850 also uses the upgraded audio and video codec features we saw in the S845. This includes support for H.264 and HEVC4K encode and decode for video playback services, and support for extended 4K video capture from integrated cameras.