During the first day of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Annual Tech Summit, the chipset maker announced its newest mobile flagship chipset — the Snapdragon 865. It features up to a whopping 200MP camera, 5th Gen AI engine that allows Gigapixel processing, up to 8K @ 30fps video recording and an external X55 5G modem.
Snapdragon 865 Launches with an External 5G Modem
Superseding the Snapdragon 855, the 865 offers 15 TOPS of combined CPU, GPU, and AI performance (that’s 2x over the previous model), HDR10+ support, and 25% increased in GPU performance. It will also support mmWave and sub-6Ghz for 5G but it’s through the external X55 5G modem. Instead of having a built-in solution, the company opted for a power-hungry alternative for some reason. Not only it will consume more battery but it will also take more component space. As for the cameras, while 108MP was just introduced to the market, Qualcomm is already preparing for 200MP support. This will allow up to 8K @ 30fps video recording or 64MP 4K.
During the event, it was also announced that the upcoming Mi 10 flagship phone and ZTE Axon phones will use the new Qualcomm chipset. Additionally, Xiaomi’s flagship phone is said to use Samsung’s 108MP sensor (probably the one found on the Mi Note 10).
Launched alongside the 865 are the Snapdragon 765 and 765G mid-range chipsets. Both use the X52 modem which is a built-in 5G solution. There’s a good chance that mid-range phones of 2020 will come with 5G support for a relatively affordable price. The modem supports both mmWave and sub-6GHz standard that goes up to 3.7Gbps. Camera support goes up to 192MP and enables 4K @ 60 HDR10+ video recording. Motorola will use the said chipsets in Q1 2020.