Despite the leaks that occurred late yesterday , it was not until the opening of the Snapdragon Technology Summit that the semiconductor manufacturer officially unveiled the long-awaited mobile platform, Snapdragon 855. A chipset that includes new features in the plane of connectivity , with the implementation of support for 5G , as in the artificial intelligence and performance . Regarding this last detail, AnTuTu already lets see an advance.
The future is 5G and this is what manufacturers and operators have learned. So much so that just a few months before we begin to verify that the new generation of ultra-fast mobile connections is starting. In this process, Qualcomm has a lot to say because, together with the Snapdragon 855 platform, it will bring the necessary technology to smartphones. However, it is not the only novelty that will come with this new “processor”.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, in detail
Qualcomm executives have confirmed the details and specifications that came to light yesterday. This goes through an architecture of eight cores distributed in three clusters (4 cores at 1.8 GHz + 2 cores at 2.4 GHz + 1 core at 2.8 GHz).
Also, the chip accommodates an Adreno 640 GPU that will be optimized with Snapdragon Elite Gaming, technology that we do not yet have too many details, but is focused on offering the best gaming experience to gamers.
Of course, the Snapdragon 855, known internally as SM8150, will demonstrate the 5G connectivity with the integration of the Snapdragon X50 modem.
However, connectivity is only the only plane in which we find novelties with respect to the previous generation of Snapdragon chipsets. The new Snapdragon 855 platform also boasts a significant increase in processing power in neural networks, with an NPU up to three times faster than seen in the Snapdragon 845.
In turn, the Snapdragon package features an image signal processor that combines the work of AI computing to offer new features in the field of photography.
Finally, as we already knew last year, the new Qualcomm chip integrates native support for Qualcomm Sonic 3D ultrasonic technology that will make it possible to introduce integrated fingerprint sensors on the screen.
Performance of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
In addition to the power of processing in the work related to artificial intelligence, the Snapdragon 855 will offer an increase in performance at a general level. To what extent will impact on the experience of using a smartphone with this chip? AnTuTu offers us an advance with a series of scores achieved by the new Qualcomm platform in the popular performance test.
The graph shows data that has been extracted from a prototype of the Galaxy S10 Plus , both in its international variant with SoC Exynos and the one that will equip the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset .
Broadly speaking, the generic score achieved by the Snapdragon 855 amounts to 343,051 points , surpassing the Exynos 9820 and its 325,067 points . It is also placed above Huawei’s Kirin 980 , set in the comparison table with 309,425 points . Finally, the Snapdragon 845 closes the list with just over 290,000 points .
However, the data provided by the AnTuTu measurement platform gives us more specific data. And is that the test in which the performance of the processors are tested there are also sections to measure the performance of memory, both RAM and storage. At this point, the test identified as MEM shows that the memory controller and the RAM BUS managed by the Kirin 980 on its Mate 20 Pro dominate the test, followed by the Exynos 9820.
However, in raw performance, both CPU and GPU; in the Snapdragon 855 it shows that it will be the most powerful chip in Android smartphones next year. Of course, it should be noted that these first performance data in AnTuTu have been achieved from a prototype of the Galaxy S10 Plus, something that would denote that these results are susceptible to variations, higher, thanks to future software and hardware optimizations to general level of the phone.