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Snapdragon 835 VS Snapdragon 821: What’s the difference?

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Qualcomm recently introduced at CES its newest high-end chipset, the Snapdragon 835 featuring 10nm process, octa-core CPU, 27% faster and 40% more efficient, compared to the previous Snapdragon 821.

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Small but Powerful

Switching from 14nm process to 10nm made improvements across the board, allowing more processing power despite the addition of four cores. Head’s up for photo-centric users, the Snapdragon 835 is allowing up to 32MP for a single camera and up to 16MP for dual-camera setups.

Graphical performance will be different as the Adreno 540 is improved to support Virtual Reality applications while having longer usage time due to its Hexagon DSP, improving performance without compromising battery life.

The newest Bluetooth 5.0 is also found on the chipset allowing for better range and faster data transfer speed, Wi-Fi connectivity will add ‘ad’ standard and better battery performance with Quick Charge 4.0

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Chipset Specs

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835

Qualcomm Snapdragon 821


10nm FinFET(LPP)

14nm FinFET(LPE)


4 x 2.45GHz Kryo 280 cores
4 x 1.9GHz Kryo 280 cores

2 x 2.35GHz Kryo cores
2 x 1.6GHz Kryo cores


Adreno 540 graphics(OpenGL ES 3.2, OpenCL 2.0, Vulkan 1.0, DirectX 12)

Adreno 530(OpenGL ES 3.1, OpenCL 2.0, Vulkan 1.0, DirectX 11.2)


Dual-channel LPDDR4X

Dual-channel LPDDR4


UFS 2.1

UFS 2.0, eMMC 5.1


Dual ISP up to 32MP single camera and up to 16MP dual camera setup

Dual ISP up to 28MP

Video capacity

4K UHD @ 30fps capture / 4K UHD @ 60fps playback

 4K UHD @ 30fps capture / 4K UHD playback
Display resolution

up to 4K Ultra HD

up to 4K Ultra HD


Bluetooth 5.0

Bluetooth 4.1

802.11ad multi-gigabit Wi-Fi

802.11ac gigabit Wi-Fi

Quick Charge 4.0

Quick Charge 3.0

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