Samsung Galaxy S11 will be the first to use Snapdragon 865 SoC: What this means

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Samsung Snapdragon 865 SoC is expected to power the Galaxy S11 smartphone
The Samsung Galaxy S11 is rumoured to be launched in February 2020

As we await the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S11, information about it has already started trickling in. Despite it being months away from launch, we already have a fair idea of the features of the phone. And now, with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset being made available, we know that it will end up powering the device. 

The chipset in itself is quite powerful and brings wit itself features that will be used on a number of flagship phones in the coming days. However, reports now suggest that the Samsung Galaxy S11 is going to be one of the first to get access to said features. 

As per the information released by the company, the Snapdragon 865 promises to bring with it a 25 per cent faster CPU as well as 25 per cent better CPU power efficiency. The chipset has also been announced to bring 20 per cent better graphics performance and 35 per cent greater GPU power efficiency) compared to the Snapdragon 855.

The improved performance is also because of the upgrades in architecture of the chipset over the Snapdragon 855. The gains are a result of the new chipset using ARM Cortex-A77 performance cores (A76 in the 855). However, apart from this, the configuration of the chipset is pretty much the same, with even clock speeds staying unchanged between generations.

As such, there’s one Prime core (marketed as Kryo 585) clocked up to 2.84 GHz, 3x Performance cores (Kryo 585) clocked up to 2.4 GHz, and 4x Kryo 385 (based on Cortex-A55) Efficiency cores clocked up to 1.8 GHz. Apart from this, the new Adreno 650 GPU supports QHD+ 144Hz screens (or UHD 60Hz).

The phone’s new Spectra 480 ISP supports up to 200 megapixel main cameras (or 64 MP with zero shutter lag), or up to 25-megapixel dual cams, 4K HDR @60fps video capture with 64-megapixel burst images or 4K @ 120 fps, or 8K @ 30 fps, as well as unlimited capture of 720p footage at 960fps.

But that’s not it. There’s also the X55 modem which is part of the package, supplying both 4G and 5G connectivity, that Qualcomm claims can help the chipset achieve theoretical maximum download speeds of 7.5Gbps on 5G and 2.5Gbps on 4G (and uplinks of 3Gbps and 316Mbps, respectively).

The Snapdragon 865 is also Wi-Fi 6 certified and supports Bluetooth 5.1, aptX TWS, aptX Adaptive, and aptX Voice. The Hexagon 698 and Tensor accelerator bring a 5th gen AI engine which doubles the performance of its predecessor.

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