The upcoming Snapdragon 865 chipset will certainly power most high-end Android smartphones next year. It promises to come equipped with 25% faster CPU performance or 25% better CPU power efficiency and 20% faster graphics or 35% greater GPU power efficiency than the Snapdragon 855.
The CPU gains are basically gotten from using the ARM Cortex-A77 performance cores. The CPU configuration is basically the same, with even clock speeds staying unchanged between generations. So there’s still 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.
The new Adreno 650 GPU gives support to the QHD+ 144Hz screens (or UHD 60Hz). The Spectra 480 ISP supports up to 200 MP main cameras (or 64 MP with zero shutter lag), or up to 25 MP dual cams, 4K HDR @60fps video capture with 64MP burst images or 4K @ 120 fps, or 8K @ 30 fps, as well as unlimited capture of 720p footage at 960fps.
The X55 modem is part of the package. It supplies both 4G and 5G connectivity, achieving theoretical maximum download speeds of 7.5Gbps on 5G and 2.5Gbps on 4G (and uplinks of 3Gbps and 316Mbps, respectively). It supports both standalone and non-standalone 5G networks, as well as both sub-6 and mmWave developments.
The new 865 chipset is Wi-Fi 6 certified. It supports Bluetooth 5.1, aptX TWS, aptX Adaptive, and aptX Voice. The Hexagon 698 and Tensor accelerator carries along with it, a 5th gen AI engine that performs way better that it’s predecessor.