Snapdragon 845 detailed: New GPU and CPU, 30% faster graphics, 30% more efficient

Qualcomm detailed its next-generation chipset, the Snapdragon 845, at a press conference in Hawaii this morning. The chip features a ground-up redesign of the company’s Kryo CPU (now the Kryo 385) and Adreno GPU, marking a major evolution of the platform. The changes to the new Adreno 630 GPU will result in 30% faster graphics performance, and Qualcomm anticipates the platform as a whole will be up to 30% more power-efficient than Snapdragon 835, a chip that has already proven to be excellent on battery life.

The chip includes a new version of the Spectra image signal processor (Spectra 280) and a substantially more powerful iteration of the Hexagon DSP to allow for greater performance in machine learning and AI applications.

The new ISP will allow capture of HDR at 4K 60FPS video, a first in a smartphone. It also supports 480FPS slow-motion video capture (at 720p with HDR), selective motion capture, “deep” portrait mode, and various depth sensing technologies.

Snapdragon 845 also contains a dedicated “secure processing unit” that exists on a power “island” on the chipset. The new chip will be able to execute biometric or key authentication without ever running code on the primary processor, rendering it much more difficult to compromise your authentication data.


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