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Qualcomm Reveal Snapdragon 845 Features

After announcing the new Snapdragon during the Snapdragon Tech Summit currently being held in Hawaii, the company has listed the new features of the CPU.

The new CPU will be focusing on AR, VR, AI, security and UHD photos/videos. For its AI platform, the 3rd Generation Qualcomm Hexagon 685 DSP supports sophisticated, on-device AI processing, delivering richer camera, voice, XR and gaming experiences.

The Snapdragon 845 includes the Qualcomm Adreno 630 Visual Processing Subsystem (including GPU, VPU and DPU), featuring room-scale 6DoF with SLAM, Adreno Foveation, and a 30% improvement in graphics/video rendering compared to the previous generation.

For its photos and videos the Qualcomm Spectra 280 ISP is designed to deliver a premium camera and XR experience, with high-performance capture of up to 16 MP at 60 images per second. Video enthusiasts will appreciate cinema-like quality video thanks to ultra HD premium capture with richer colour.

Qualcomm says it designed the Snapdragon 845 with an entirely new Qualcomm Secure Processing Unit (SPU) that is engineered to help protect personal data with vault-like security. Biometrics used for authentication can be stored in isolation, helping to keep precious data out of prying eyes.

With the new Snapdragon 845, Qualcomm is boasting all day battery life and quick charging. The company says it includes the Qualcomm Quick Charge 4 + technology capable of up to a 50 per cent charge in 15 minutes.

It also has a X20 modem and Wi-Fi, Qualcomm says experience fiber-optic speeds with the Snapdragon X20 LTE Modem. New flexibility means that more operators around the world can offer lightning-fast Gigabit LTE service, now with up to 20% faster peak and real-world speeds compared to our last generation X16 LTE modem. Users can also experience similar lightning-fast speeds with 802.11ad multi-gigabit Wi-Fi and integrated 2×2 802.11ac.

Qualcomm says the chips are currently sampling with OEMs so consumers will see the CPU in products from the beginning of next year. It should be seen in Samsung, Google, HTC and LG phones and Windows 10 by the end of 2018.

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