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Qualcomm and Samsung team up to build a better Snapdragon 835

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Samsung and Qualcomm are linking arms to build the next big name among chips. Qualcomm has decided to deploy the South Korean giant’s 10-nanometer FinFET process in manufacturing the next iteration along its famed Snapdragon series of System On Chip. It is being expected that using the 10 nm process will give Snapdragon 835 a decided edge over it’s predecessors 820 and 821, both of which have been manufactured using the 14nm FinFE.

Qualcomm has already confirmed that Snapdragon 835 will be its next flagship SoC. However, revealing that it will be manufactured using the more advanced 10-nm process has given more credence to its claims about the 835 — claims that include a 27-percent enhanced performance and 40-percent less power consumption.

Speaking on the topic, Keith Kressin, senior vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies. Inc. said,

Using the new 10nm process node is expected to allow our premium tier Snapdragon 835 processor to deliver greater power efficiency and increase performance while also allowing us to add a number of new capabilities that can improve the user experience of tomorrow’s mobile devices.

Samsung’s latest 10nm technology allows up to a 30% increase in area efficiency with almost 27% higher performance or up to 40% lower power consumption — as compared to the 14nm FinFET process. Since it is using the 10 nm, the Snapdragon 835 processor will be smaller as well, providing OEMs with more usable space inside their smartphones. The extra space can be used to support larger batteries or to make phones that come in slimmer designs.

Along with better performance and more time on the same battery capacity, the Snapdragon 835 will also pack the latest version of Qualcomm’s Quick Charge technology. This as you can obviously guess, will lead to devices being charged in less time.

In case you are apprehensive about Samsung’s association with the chip — after all, the company has gotten itself a pretty messed up record where batteries and charging is concerned, courtesy the Note 7 –well, don’t be. Google recently recommended Android OEMs against using any third party quick charging technology.

The warning/recommendation was pretty strongly worded and carried a promise of future enforcement with it. That, along with other reasons, may be what has gotten Qualcomm to come up with a technology that appears to be fully in line with Google’s recommendations for the Snapdragon 835.

Quick Charge 4 comes with advanced safety features for both the adapter and mobile device. Protection is implemented at multiple levels and throughout the entire charging process to more accurately measure voltage, current, and temperature while protecting the battery, system, cables and connectors. An additional layer of protection is also being added to help prevent battery over-charging and regulate current throughout every charge cycle.

So yup, the Snapdragon 835 will be compliant with USB Type-C rules. The SoC is also expected to lead to devices and cables that offer more interoperability. That should certainly make Google happy!

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