The much anticipated Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor is finally here. The successor to the Snapdragon 835 (which powers the current line-up of Android flagships such as the Pixel 2, LG V30+, OnePlus 5T, Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, etc) was revealed last week at an event in Hawaii, to power the next generation flagship smartphones in 2018.
The new chip boasts improved image-and video-capture abilities, lightning-fast connectivity, smarter artificial intelligence features, vault-like security, improved display and screen resolution, new camera features and better performance, battery life, and power efficiency.
The Snapdragon 845 can be found lingering inside the next year’s best smartphone devices like the Galaxy S9, Galaxy Note 8, Pixel 2, and Moto Z2 Force. Also, Chinese handset maker Xiaom’s next flagship device, the Mi 7, will have the Snapdragon 845 at its heart.
Better Artificial Intelligence for a Smarter Phone
According to Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 845 will offer faster AI processing than the Snapdragon 835, with the new Hexagon DSP. The chip comes with improved neural network performance by a factor of three. That’s a pretty big deal — as artificial intelligence gets increasingly powerful.
Snapdragon 845 comes with improved voice recognition and low-power voice processing. Qualcomm will work with Chinese internet technology company Baidu on providing A.I. voice control for mobile and other Snapdragon 845-powered devices used in the home.
More advanced artificial intelligence also plays a role in better image processing. With the Snapdragon 845, it is letting you do things like creating a bokeh effect (with the subject in focus and the background blurred) using only one camera lens instead of two, thanks to artificial intelligence that can detect backgrounds and blur them to create a bokeh effect. (Google earlier made headlines with the Pixel 2 for using one single camera to produce excellent portrait mode photos. Apple’s iPhones and others create a bokeh effect using two camera lenses.)
Qualcomm has also included support for Google’s TensorFlow and Facebook’s Caffe frameworks, so as to make developing apps and tools for the Snapdragon 845’s AI easier. Those frameworks, coupled with the Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine, should make for a much smarter smartphone.
The most important aspect of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 is how it performs, both in terms of speed and battery life.
The Snapdragon 845 integrates a Kryo 385 CPU. The 10-nanometer Kryo 385 features eight cores — four “performance” cores, and four “efficiency” cores. The performance cores, with a clock spe