The next-gen Snapdragon 835 flagship SoC (system on chip) was announced by Qualcomm Technologies Inc. in late November 2016. It is expected to revolutionize the mobile industry as this is its first 10-nanometer chip. Qualcomm also confirmed that the new chip comes from the collaboration with Samsung Electronics and it will be built using the 10nm FinFET process by Samsung.
The 10nm Snapdragon 835 is even smaller than its predecessor, the 14nm Snapdragon 821. This is a huge achievement as Samsung is the first manufacturer building the 10nm chips, even sooner than Intel and TMSC. We won’t be surprised if flagship smartphones in 2017 will be powered by the new SoC. The smaller chip will spare room for other features, house a bigger battery, or just to make devices smaller and slimmer.
As compared to the Snapdragon 821, the 835 achieved 30% increase in area efficiency, 27% higher performance, and 40% less battery-consuming. The more advanced design will give us a significant battery life improvement. It also features Quick Charge 4 which could give our smartphones extra 5 hours of usage with just 5 minutes of charging, or reach 50% in 15 minutes. And the good news is that Quickcharge 4.0 is compatible with Google’s specs for USB Type-C charging.
The CPU is the octa-core Kryo 280, including 4 cores with 2.45GHz threshold and 4 with a 1.9GHz threshold. It also supports one 32MP camera or 16MP dual camera, Bluetooth 5, 4K Ultra HD premium video, and better VR experience with the Adreno 540 GPU.
List of Smartphones with Snapdragon 835 SoC
1. Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus
The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are the first smartphones powered by the Snapdragon 835. You might see some variants using the Samsung’s Exynos 8895 SoC but you will get the Snapdragon in the US. If you’re unsure which version you will have, check out this article to see the differences between all Galaxy S8 models.
The new smartphones feature a new design with an on-screen home button, an infinity display, a rear fingerprint sensor, an expandable storage, USB-C port, a new Bixby voice assistant, and some nice accessories to play with. This is also a powerhouse with Android 7.0 Nougat, 4GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB of storage. We all expect the S8 would be a great phone as Samsung needs to recover from the Note 7 disaster.
The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are available in 5 colors and the retail prices are $750 and $850 respectively.
2. Sony Xperia XZ Premium
The Xperia XZ Premium made its debut at MWC 2017 and it became the first commercial smartphone coming with Snapdragon 835. However, its official release date is still later than the Galaxy S8’s. The best features of the XZ Premium is the 5.5″ 4K HDR screen and the 19MP 1/ 2.3″ Exmor RS memory stacked image sensor that supports recording super slow motion videos at 960fps.
The phone will be available in 2 color options, which are Luminous Chrome and Deepsea Black.
3. Xiaomi Mi 6
The successor of Xiaomi Mi 5 was launched in April 2017. The Mi 6 probably the most affordable SnapDragon 835 smartphone on the market. In China, it costs just half the price of the Samsung Galaxy S8 while there are just a few drawbacks. The phone even has higher processor clock speed, 6GB of RAM, 64GB/128GB of internal storage, a 5.15-inch fullHD (1920 x 1080) display, and a bigger battery. On the back, we have a dual 12MP camera setup with a wide-angle lens and a 2x telephoto zoom lens.
The Mi 6 has a sleek design with metal frame and a glass back panel. It is available in 4 color variants, which are black, blue, white, and ceramic. The ceramic version with 18-karat gold camera rims is the most premium one, and it will cost extra $90.
If you are living outside of China, you can order the Mi 6 on GearBest. The pricing starts at $599.
4. Microsoft Surface Phone
The Surface Phone is said to be the ultimate mobile device you’d want to use. It features Snapdragon 835, 5.5-inch QHD screen, 4GB or 6GB of RAM, Windows 10 Mobile Redstone 3, and can run x86 apps in Continuum.
Some more smartphones that might come with Snapdragon 835 SoC include Nokia 8, HTC 11, and OnePlus 4.