Qualcomm largely had a successful 2016 thus far thanks to its Snapdragon 820/821. Even though the flagship Qualcomm chips have struggled in benchmark scores against some competitors, the consumers haven’t really complained about throttling and performance issues which plagued Qualcomm’s 2015 offering.
The SoC company announced this morning that its new Snapdragon 835 chipset is on the way, utilizing Samsung’s new 10 nanometer fabrication process, as well as the latest generation of its Quick Charge technology.
While Qualcomm’s 2016 flagship chips did provide satisfactory results, Qualcomm is not about providing just satisfactory products. Compared to the current 14-nanometer Snapdragon 821 (also built by Samsung), the new CPU packs 30 percent more parts into the same space, yielding 27 percent better performance while drawing up to 40 percent less power, the company says. It also improved the design, which will yield “significant” improvements to battery life
The Snapdragon 835 will be built using GlobalFoundries/Samsung’s process technology and fabrication plants, and will be Qualcomm’s first chip based on Samsung’s new 10 nanometer FinFET process. Other companies, including Intel and TMSC, are working on 10-nanometer chips, but Samsung has quite proudly claimed it’s the first to start building them.
Qualcomm isn’t providing many details on the Snapdragon 835, but the company is providing a few more details about Quick Charge 4.0, however. Qualcomm’s tagline for it is “5 hours of use from just 5 minutes of charging.” It is 20 percent faster and 30 percent more efficient than Quick Charge 3.0 (current gen). Quick Charge 4.0 is promised to provide faster charging; greater compatibility with various devices, cables, and chargers; and more safety features. In just 15 minutes, it’ll give Snapdragon 835 phones a half-full battery.
Android has so many fast charging standards from Quick Charging to Turbo Charging to VOOC Charging and Dash charging that could make it easy to plug the wrong charger into a phone and possibly fry it, or worse, cause a fire or explosion. Google had previously revealed that since Android Nougat, Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 and any other such non-standard USB Type C charging methods were not compatible in an effort to create a unified charging standard across all Android devices. Qualcomm claims that Quick Charge 4.0 is compliant with the USB-IF’s specifications for USB-C and the USB Power Delivery standard, meaning it works with Android Nougat.
So, if Qualcomm is now using the standard voltage, amperage, communication protocol, and interface that everyone with USB Power Delivery is, what’s left for Quick Charge 4.0 to do? The system uses its “INOV” (Intelligent Negotiation for Optimum Voltage) tech, and the chip maker says the tech is compatible with Google’s new guidelines for USB Type-C charging.
What this does is that it enables more accurate measurement of voltage, current, and temperature to protect devices and chargers from damage. It also has a new protection against overcharging. In short, it means that your next smartphone will charge faster, work with more USB-C chargers and less likely to explode.
QC 4.0 sounds like a real improvement over QC 3.0 and might give OnePlus’ dash charging a run or its money, which in fact is no more supported on Android Nougat and forward so.. well.
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