Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Processor Explained

By | December 15, 2018

The wait is finally over, Qualcomm has finally launched its new processor Snapdragon 855 which is a modified version of Snapdragon 845 Chipset. This Processor has a lot of advanced features which I will try to explain in simple words. I will explain the processor in dividing it in categories so to understand better.


  • Connectivity
  • Performance
  • AI
  • Camera
  • Entertainment/Gaming

1. Connectivity:-

Moving onto the connectivity what we could think of the most is about 5G support in a device and the good thing is that Qualcomm introduced 5G support in its Snapdragon 855 Processor. Though to enjoy the speed of 5G the phone will also need the Qualcomm’s X50 Modem (a separate chip) in it. But by default 5G support will not be there as the Processor comes with it’s own X24 Modem which itself is fast enough to provide a speed of 2Gbps in 4G. Along with these it is World’s First processor to supports Wi-Fi 6 and 60GHz Wi-Fi.

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2. Performance:-

Snapdragon 855 Processor is made with the new 7nm technology. As the size of the transistors are being compressed in a single chip it improves the power efficiency as well as the performance efficiency. Qualcomm states that it has 45% faster CPU and 20% faster GPU compared to the previous 845 processor.

The design of Snapdragon 855 carries custom Kryo 485 in which 4 cores works on 1.80 GHz and 3 High powered cores works on 2.42 GHz and a single core (Prime core) that works on 2.84 GHz. The Bottom 4 cores are Cortex A-55 based and the top 4 cores (i.e. 3 high Powered cores and 1 prime core) are Cortex A-76 based. It comes with the latest Adreno 640 GPU which will give sustained gaming experience and faster launching of apps.

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3. AI:-

Talking of AI it’s everywhere nowadays and the companies keeps improving it. In the new Snapdragon 855 processor it can operate upto 7 Trillion operations per second and compared to the previous processors it will work 3x faster. The Processor has 4th Generation AI engine.

4. Camera:-

Camera is one of the most important factor in a smartphone and that’s where Qualcomm has worked. Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor supports the latest Spectra 380 CV-ISP which is much efficient and powerful then the previous ones. It will support a single camera till 48 MP and dual cameras till 22MP each. It will also be able to shoot 4K HD videos with Portrait mode and will save upto 4× power. With Snapdragon 855 Processor you can shoot better images while saving your phone’s battery.

5. Entertainment / Gaming:-

In the entertainment section many new devices like smartphone AR, XR viewer,etc. will be seen with Snapdragon 855 processor. Snapdragon 855 processor comes with the first true HDR gaming on mobile and with all the new features it will support new devices.

In the gaming category Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Processor supports Vulkan 1.1 with 20% less power consumption and the new Adreno 640 GPU will give a better experience in gaming. It supports over 1 billion color shades and HDR gaming.

So we have covered up all the categories of the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor. This processor brings a lot of improvements in camera, gaming and other categories. Let us see which all smartphones will be launched having Snapdragon 855 processor in it in 2019.

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