Qualcomm first announced its next flagship chipset back in November, promising a 10nm FinFET process, 27% better performance, and 40% less power consumption than its predecessor. But in typical Qualcomm fashion, the company hasn't told us everything at once.
With an upcoming event at CES 2017 this week, slides from its announcement have leaked.
The above slide tells us quite a bit that we didn't know before. For one thing, previous leaks were that the CPU would be something called Kryo 200, but we can see that it's Kryo 280 and Qualcomm says it's the most port efficient architecture to date.
That will be paired with an Adreno 540 GPU, which is a departure from the company's norm, which is to produce a new generation for the new flagship chipset. One may have expected an Adreno 630. The Snapdragon X16 modem was announced back in February, and it should allow users gigabit LTE.
It's worth noting that in the small print, the slide says "compared to the Snapdragon 820", as when the company first announced the 835, many assumed that it was in comparison with its latest in-production chip, the Snapdragon 821.
Qualcomm had to partner with Samsung for the 10nm process, and it even beat Intel to it; Intel will have 10nm in its eighth-generation Cannonlake chips. This allows for more efficiency, allowing processors to run cooler and use less power.
In fact, Qualcomm says that the Snapdragon 835 uses 50% less power than the Snapdragon 801 did.
There will be eight Kryo 280 cores, a departure from the Snapdragon 820/821, which are quad-core. Using big.LITTLE technology, the four cores that are made for more powerful tasks will be clocked at up to 2.45GHz, and the four cores that are designed for lower powered tasks will be clocked at 1.9GHz.
We can see that the Snapdragon 835 will have support for DirectX 12, which will be a big deal for supporting Windows PCs, along with support for 4K displays.
You might recall that Microsoft recently announced that full Windows 10 would run on Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors, and the firm even demoed Photoshop on a device using a Snapdragon 820. Later, Microsoft told Neowin that the first Qualcomm-powered PCs will use the new Snapdragon 835.
Qualcomm seems to have quite the powerhouse lined up for 2017. We'll hear the official announcement this week at CES, and then we should start to see some hardware that includes the SoC at Mobile World Congress.