We are almost half-way through 2017 and Qualcomm’s latest beast is still rare because of limited yield on 10nm FinFET manufacturing process. If raw power is what you prioritize in your smartphones, you will perhaps find it exciting that the first batch of devices that employ the mighty Snapdragon 835 are out. A lot more will be joining the club soon.
Snapdragon 835 Features
So, why would you want one?
The Snapdragon 835 is manufactured on the latest 10nm FinFET process which means implies a reduction in platform power consumption or improved battery backup (Qualcomm claims 25 percent boost in battery efficiency). And since it brings along Quick Charge 4.0, you can also expect your battery to charge faster.
The chipset also has X16 LTE modem and supports fast WiFi ( including 802.11 ad). It’s Google daydream certified, has Adreno 540 GPU for best in class graphics performance, flaunts updated Electronic image stabilization, built-in dual camera support in ISP, and also supports 32-bit, 384KHz audio DACs.
Let’s enumerate phones that already have been announced with Snapdragon 835 chips.
Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+
Samsung’s new flagship duo are the first Snapdragon 835 phones to hit retail shelves. Both of these phones look extremely sophisticated, thanks to the beautiful edge-to-edge Infinity display (18.5:9) that dominates, and are also complimented by the best in class SoC on the inside.
In India, however, Samsung is using its comparable Exynos chips (8895) as usual.
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
Sony Xperia XZ Premium was one of the first 835 phones to go official but it won’t hit the retails shelves for some time to come. The USP of the handset is its tripled stacked CMOS sensor (with a DRAM layer) that enables it to capture super slow-motion videos at 960fps.
Other highlights include 4K HDR display, Water resistant body, fingerprint sensor clubbed with the power button and a 3230mAh battery.
Xiaomi Mi 6
Xiaomi Mi6 is one of the cheapest Snapdragon 835 phones out there. We are sure that other contenders for the crown will soon pop up and the Mi 6 won’t be holding on to the title belt for long. But we digress.
Apart from the top-notch chipset, there is a lot more to like about the new Xiaomi flagship. It’s got rear glass curved on all four sides, bright display, 6GB RAM for the base variant and an invisible ultrasonic fingerprint sensor embedded underneath the display.
New Pixel Phones
Google is reportedly working on as many as three-pixel devices this year codenamed Walleye, Muskie, and Taimen. The details uncovered from the code in Android Open Source Project confirms that the upcoming phones – all three of them – will be powered by Snapdragon 835.
The next OnePlus phone will also continue with the tradition of employing the best available Qualcomm chipset. As an aftereffect of OnePlus 3 and 3T success, loyalists have sky high expectations from the next OnePlus flagship killer, which is also expected to flaunt a dual rear camera.