865 Snapdragon: a list of smartphones, features and 5G

Flagship SoC from Qualcomm, announced at the end of last year – a new breakthrough in mobile performance, games and wireless.

Despite the fact that due to the cancellation of MWC 2020 we missed a number of important presentations, everything goes on as usual. Preparing to release a generation of smartphones that will raise the bar of mobile power to a new level. And a major role to play in this fresh flagship SoC from Qualcomm.

According to the manufacturer, Snapdragon 865 is ready to work in networks of the fifth generation. The first premium smartphones on its base steel collection Samsung Galaxy S20 и Xiaomi Mi 10. Soon to be joined by the Galaxy Note 20, LG G9, OnePlus 8, Google Pixel 5 и flagship from other companies.

the Next top Qualcomm chipset with support 5G, presented at the annual technology summit Snapdragon Hawaii at the end of last year, revealed everything that will show off the smartphone of the new generation. Its capabilities are primarily aimed at increasing speed 5G, doubling gaming performance and improve image quality obtained from mobile complex of photosystems. It will become the heart of most flagships 2020, with the exception of devices from Huawei и Apple.

But even ardent supporters iPhone don't want to learn about the key features of Snapdragon 865, as the flagship line of Qualcomm often determines the direction of the path of development of mobile technologies. In addition, as we know, modems from Qualcomm will be used in iPhone 5G, probably in one or several versions iPhone 12.

To those who are not eager to buy the latest premium Android smartphone, to ignore the appearance of Snapdragon 865 is not worth it. Some features, in particular support 5G, soon spread to the chipsets of the middle class. For example, the already announced Snapdragon 765 will open new opportunities of communication in the medium price category. In the class of state employees on the scene MediaTek with their Dimensity series 800 and 1000, whose characteristics have a lot in common with the flagship competitor.

865 Snapdragon: a list of smartphones

And now the big question: what smartphones will run on Snapdragon 865? We have a list of devices in which the presence of Snapdragon 865 officially confirmed:

  • S20 Samsung Galaxy, Galaxy Plus and Galaxy S20 S20 Ultra;
  • Sony Xperia 1 II;
  • Black Shark 3;
  • Lenovo Legion Gaming Phone;
  • Xiaomi Mi 10, Mi 10 Pro;
  • Oppo Find X2;
  • ZTE Axon 10s Pro;
  • концептуальный Vivo Apex 2020;
  • Nubia Red Magic 5G;
  • Realme X50 Pro;
  • Redmi K30 Pro;
  • Sharp Aquos R5G;
  • FCNT arrows 5G;
  • iQOO 3.

All of them except for the device from Samsung will have a Qualcomm subsystem FastConnect 6800, which supports Wi-Fi 6 and optimizes the speed of data transfer via Bluetooth as descending and ascending flows.

Is also informal rumors and conjecture Snapdragon processor 865 can become part of the:

  • LG G9;
  • LG V60;
  • OnePlus 8 и 8T;
  • Moto Z5 (possibly released under a different name);
  • Asus Zenfone 7;
  • Samsung Galaxy Fold 2;
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Plus;
  • Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 5 XL;
  • Asus ROG Phone 3;
  • Nokia 10.

of Course smartphones on Snapdragon 865 will be much more, because in this mentioned list not all the upcoming new products from Xiaomi, Oppo and Meizu. Что касается Motorola, it is also likely to release a flagship Snapdragon 865, but whether it will be Moto Z5, we can't say for sure. The idea of using interchangeable parts Moto Mod is already outdated. Its main feature – backward compatibility – is forcing the company year after year to adhere to the same design, which makes it the device unattractive in the eyes of today's customers. Therefore, this year we hope to see the transformation of the line and perhaps change its name.

Snapdragon 865: properties

865 Snapdragon is based on the new architecture, which consists of processor cores Kryo 585, GPU Adreno 650, the signaling processor 480 Spectra and intellectual center Qualcomm Sensing Hub. All of these components will play an important role in what will be able your next smartphone.

Qualcomm claims the new chip is able to operate at a frequency of up to 2.84 GHz, and its graphics accelerator provides 25% faster rendering. In the list of specifications referred to improve energy efficiency by 35% during heavy load, including in games. But no matter how powerful GPUs in smartphones, we know that peak performance doesn't last long and ends with the throttle. Qualcomm claims that smartphones with the new SoC will be able to work longer at peak capacity.

865 Snapdragon: not integrated 5G module

The output Snapdragon 865 is an important step in the development of 5G networks. SoC increases download speed wireless connection up to 7.5 Gbps, and its presence in a large number of new smartphones will contribute to the spread of a new type of communication.

But it is worth noting that the Snapdragon has integrated 865 5G module. Modem Snapdragon X55 5G is a separate item, however they come together. Therefore entering the market of smartphones based on Snapdragon 865 with only support 4G unfortunately, impossible.

This feature is an extra headache for engineers, as the development of devices they have to consider the physical dimensions of the modem and look for ways to its separate power supply. These factors can affect the size and battery consumption in smartphones.

Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 5G peak download speeds according to the standards of mmWave and sub-6, which are the basis of 5G technology. It also uses the technology of Dynamic Spectrum Sharing, which accelerated the spread 5G allows you to use LTE bands.

As for the return data, in ideal conditions, its speed can reach 3 Gbps. When testing the connection this point has received little attention as a qualitative change in uplink (from user to the station) for a long time mean a good rate of speed of discharge.

Snapdragon 865: 200 MP photo and 8K video

in Addition to 5G, the new system on a chip there are other benefits that will interest the average consumer. It improve photos/videos.

In particular, the signal processor Qualcomm Spectra 480 is able to process images with incredible resolution – 200 MP. Smartphones with cameras of this level does not yet exist, and not the fact that we will see them soon. Yet mobile shooting stopped at around 108 megapixels, which established the recently released Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra.

in a Similar way two years ago Samsung has ignored the function HDR the video, which was already available in a top at the moment Snapdragon processor 845. As explained, the decision was made to equalize opportunities with Exynos Snapdragon 845 9810, which stood in the modifications to the Galaxy S9 and Note 9 for some regions and did not have the ability to capture video with wide dynamic range. The first Samsung with HDR capability for video was Galaxy S10, released in 2019.

Что до конкретных улучшений, Snapdragon 865 повышает разрешение при видеосъемке до 8К и позволяет отображать более миллиарда цветов. Smartphone на его основе получают поддержку стандартов HGL и Dolby Vision в режиме реального времени.

Support for Dolby Vision is particularly important because the high quality mobile screens have long been able to display a wide dynamic range. However, the video recording with this standard will be available only to models released in 2020. And this is another reason why you will want to purchase a new camera phone: with it, you'll master mobile photography on a new level.

The time lapse function also receives important changes. If in 2019, she worked with the constraints (in the Super Slo-mo with a velocity of 960 FPS recording stopped after 10 seconds), the smartphone of 2020, this limit will not. But there will be a slow motion 4K video at 120 FPS. In General, with 720p it is time to say goodbye.

gaming: desktop performance

At the presentation Qualcomm has paid much attention to gaming performance. The team has repeatedly stressed that the new chip will give smartphones the power of a desktop computer. At first glance these words seem like a marketing ploy, but if you look, Adreno 650 is really capable to impress.

Implementation technology Desktop Forward Rendering – the first thing that was mentioned in the demonstration of the gaming capabilities of the Snapdragon 865. DFR brings the lighting effects and post processing to the level that we've grown accustomed to from the desktop. As a confirmation of the developers showed a video with a rotating ball, which detail the shadows and reflections clearly surpassed the level of all current cell phones.

Another new feature Snapdragon 865 – Game Color Plus. It aims to improve the saturation and brightness of colors. At first glance, nothing revolutionary here, but Qualcomm claims that the technology is selective: for example, does not put excessive saturation skin tones, so the image did not lose naturalness.

With regard to the frequency of updates, pictures, Snapdragon 865 sets a new ceiling: 144 Hz. However, smartphones with such a measure is unlikely to emerge in 2020. So far, only the family of Samsung Galaxy S20 rose to the level of 120 Hz, and other smartphones have scan 60 or 90 Hz.

There is another indicator in the desktop class, which we can see in mobile devices. The graphics chip Adreno 650, as GPU for desktops, able to update the drivers via a specialized application. This is especially important if to remember how much manufacturers have been slow to release new versions of Android. Therefore, we can say that with SoC Snapdragon 865 to support the device performance on the current level will be a little easier.