The Most Powerful “core” Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 In 2019 Flagship Cell Phone Is How Strong?


[Bestbuy618 Mobile Channel]As the “climax” of the third Snapdragon Technology Summit, Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 successfully laid the “ambush” for the smartphone industry next year at the end of 2018. Liu Zuohu, CEO of OnePlus, calls Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 “the most powerful” mobile platform, and the product has a lot of dazzling aura when it is unveiled: the new 7nm process, 45 percent CPU performance improvement and 20 percent graphics rendering speed improvement, Snapdragon X24 LTE modem supporting up to 2Gbps connectivity, the fourth generation Qualcomm AI Engine, the first mobile platform to support the Snapdragon Elite Gaming experience, and the first to support the Snapdragon Elite Gaming experience Qualcomm’s 3D acoustic wave sensor is the first to be supported by a mobile platform. What we as users are most interested in now is what new experiences can be brought when these technological innovations are added to our smartphones.

Next, let us approach the strongest “core” belonging to the 2019 flagship phone – Snapdragon 855 – to see what will be different in the upcoming 5G era, smartphones?

Initially, we discussed the mass commercialization of 5G nodes in 2020; however, thanks to the collaborative efforts of Qualcomm and other industry partners, this date has been pushed forward by one year – 2019 will be a critical year for 5G. In fact, there have been 5G use cases in 2018, and while OEMs are also researching 5G terminals, Xiaomi, Vivo, OPPO, Lenovo, and other manufacturers have made some progress toward producing “5G smartphones.” There is no doubt that real 5G smartphones will be released next year, and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 mobile platform is a key to unlocking the door to 5G smartphones. Qualcomm has been pushing for 5G smartphones to become a reality, and at the Snapdragon Technology Summit, Qualcomm Incorporated President Cristiano Amon also demonstrated a smartphone reference design with the Snapdragon 855 mobile platform to achieve true 5G network connectivity.

The Qualcomm 5G smartphone reference design can be seen to already meet consumer perceptions of mobile devices in terms of appearance: small and portable. While 2019 may be called the first year of 5G, the mobile network environment for a long time is bound to be 4G and 5G coexistence, so Qualcomm provides a solution: through the Snapdragon X24 LTE modem integrated Snapdragon 855 and Snapdragon X50 5G modem combination to complete the 5G network connection.

This means that future flagship phones equipped with the Snapdragon 855 will be able to choose whether to support 5G based on demand, giving consumers a more flexible range of options based on budget and demand, while also allowing OEMs to test the early 5G smartphone market. I’d like to share a small story about a business trip to fly from Beijing to New York, after getting on the plane and discovering that there is no electronic entertainment system, so the next 12 hours when even the plane magazines are flipped many times! If the phone supported 5G, I’d have had time to cache some videos or download some games after boarding.

In comparison to the current main LTE cat 12, 5G efficiency advantages are obvious; we can not only send and receive high-capacity content faster through the phone, but also enjoy 4K online video and even VR panoramic content on the terminal! In other words, entertainment applications 5G smartphones will bring a whole new experience! The integrated X24 modem in the Snapdragon 855 mobile platform is also capable of delivering the ultimate 2Gbps experience in 4G networks.

Of course, the Snapdragon 855 brings not only gigabit LTE and 5G connectivity, but also more powerful Wi-Fi performance, which is expected to be a key component of the smartphone experience whenever Wi-Fi is available. Snapdragon 855 is also the world’s first integrated Wi-Fi 6-ready solution for mobile devices, providing powerful Wi-Fi performance. Snapdragon 855 also supports millimeter wave Wi-Fi connectivity via Qualcomm’s 60GHz Wi-Fi mobile platform, and is the industry’s first 802.11ay-based Wi-Fi solution for mobile devices. mobile device solution I believe that many hand game players will like the large screen, after all, this can bring a better visual and operational experience (which is also the reason why players are willing to try to play games on tablets), then through the Snapdragon 855 mobile platform equipped with smart phones, the use of Qualcomm 60GHz Wi-Fi you can easily wirelessly “ca Furthermore, with its 7nm process, the Snapdragon 855 considers heat dissipation and power consumption while improving performance to provide more powerful and richer features while ensuring long-lasting battery life.

The Kryo 485 CPU, Adreno 640 GPU, and Hexagon 690 DSP are the three key cores in the Snapdragon 855 mobile platform. When compared to the Snapdragon 845, the CPU performance is 45 percent higher and the GPU performance is 20 percent higher. The DSP upgrade is a major reason why the Snapdragon 855 has three times the AI performance improvement of the Snapdragon 845, as will be discussed further below.

Which users care the most about performance? Nine out of ten are gamers, according to Hiren Bhinde, director of product management at Qualcomm Technologies. In the face of such a large user base, the cell phone market will naturally adjust, so we frequently see a new “segmentation” of smart phones – gaming phones – in 2018, such products are always selected the top Snapdragon mobile platform, to become the representative of high-performance mobile phones.

These products all use the top Snapdragon mobile platform and are the embodiment of high-performance cell phones. The Snapdragon 855’s integrated Adreno 640 GPU, designed in-house by Qualcomm, brings a 20% increase in graphics rendering speed, as well as Vulkan 1.1 support for the first time on a mobile device, enabling “experience optimization” from the game development stage.

The Kryo 485 CPU integrated in the Snapdragon 855 introduces the concept of “Prime Core” for the first time, with the main frequency up to 2.84GHz, and three main frequency 2.42GHz performance cores are based on Cortex-A76, and Qualcomm completes the custom design on this basis, together with four Each core has its own L2 cache and shared L3 cache to ensure CPU performance and flexibility with the “1 3 4” architecture. So, in addition to the hardware platform performance enhancements of the Snapdragon 855, gamers should not overlook another feature – Snapdragon Elite Gaming.

Snapdragon Elite Gaming is extremely comprehensive and powerful, not only incorporating the Snapdragon 855’s GPU, Qualcomm aptX Adaptive, Qualcomm Aqstic, and other technical advantages, but also supporting True HDR rendering and display, physics-based rendering (PBR), cinematic post-processing, incorporating system-level game lag optimization solutions, game fast-loading optimization, game network latency management, and other custom features to improve the gaming experience from the ground up. However, as the application of AI in the terminal side becomes more popular, particularly in close combination with smart phones, more and more users appreciate the intelligent experience brought by AI, such as AI intelligent photography and AI voice assistant.

In fact, AI is not only present in specific applications, but is also an important component of a smartphone, or, to put it another way, this phone has a soul thanks to AI. Previously, the use of AI required the user to give commands, such as voice assistant, to complete further operations via voice interaction. But nowadays, AI in cell phones can already provide some “active services,” I’m not sure if you’ve seen these scenes: almost off work, the phone shows the quickest navigation route home; to another city, the phone prompts you what attractions food; recommend your favorite live game. Every time you see these contents, do you feel like the phone “understands” you? The Snapdragon 855 with the fourth generation of Qualcomm artificial intelligence engine AI Engine, the phone will increasingly understand you.

Snapdragon 855 supports the fourth generation of multi-core Qualcomm AI Engine, which can achieve more than 7 trillion operations per second (7TOPs) and improve AI performance by three times over Snapdragon 845. As previously stated, the Snapdragon 855 is integrated with the new Qualcomm Hexagon 690 processor! Unlike other processors that only have a dedicated “NPU,” Qualcomm has been able to achieve efficient use of computing resources by flexibly scheduling and leveraging the performance advantages of the CPU, GPU, and DPS for different computing needs, thereby improving AI performance.

The Snapdragon 855 is no different. In addition to the AI acceleration brought by Adreno GPU hardware enhancements, such as a 50% increase in the Arithmetic Logic Unit (ALU) and the addition of new instructions to the Kryo 485 CPU to further accelerate AI performance, the new Qualcomm Hexagon 690 includes a new Hexagon Tensor Accelerator, with four Hexagon Vector eXtensions cores and the addition of a quad-threaded scalar core, for a The fourth generation AI Engine can also be used for the Qualcomm Neural Processor SDK, Google Android NN-API, and Hexagon NN and Qualcomm Math Libraries, a series of enhancements to running software frameworks and libraries, to better land on the end-side and enable users to feel the experience improvements brought by AI.

The Qualcomm AI Engine, now in its fourth generation, has a strong presence in cell phones and other end products, thanks in part to the widespread use of the Snapdragon platform and in part to Qualcomm’s long-standing ecosystem built around AI. Simultaneously, Qualcomm’s diverse partners provide assurance for AI implementation and practicality, allowing AI to directly improve user experience, thereby increasing stickiness and forming a virtuous “ecological closed loop,” which in turn promotes developers’ enthusiasm for content and application iterations and updates to ensure vitality.

The ecosystem’s construction differs from performance enhancement, which may be difficult to directly digitize, but for users, this is also the key to influencing their daily experience, as it is to give the phone more intelligent features, or to improve the cell phone call, shooting, and other driving force experience. For example, the AI voice noise reduction function shown at the scene, even if the caller is in a noisy bar, the other party can clearly hear the conversation; or the use of AI image recognition technology to complete photo post-processing, and so on. Cell phone shooting is more professional and easier Talking about the improvement of AI for photo experience also leads us to the next topic – shooting! The Snapdragon 855 has the world’s first computer vision ISP (CV-ISP), Qualcomm Spectra 380, which not only achieves increased speed and significantly lower power consumption, but also supports multiple object classification and tracking, 60fps depth sensing, 6DoF XR body tracking, object segmentation, computer vision stabilization, and many other functions, which means that with Qualcomm Spectra 380 I

Students who like to watch dramas, especially idol dramas, must have seen this scene, a large close-up of the protagonist, behind the light blurred and soft, creating a warm and romantic atmosphere, do not envy, you can try it with your cell phone in the future! Snapdragon 855 is the world’s first to support portrait mode shooting 4K HDR video, not only can use a better dynamic effect, but through the depth of field presented by depth sensing is also very natural, And, in order to better preserve the rich information of the original file when users shoot, Snapdragon 855 supports HEIF, the High Efficiency Image File Format, which for the first time enables simultaneous acceleration of image decoding and encoding. As a result, flagship smartphones equipped with Snapdragon 855 have a lot of potential to be explored in terms of photography, depending on how OEMs and application developers use it. Cell phone photo parties are something to look forward to, and I’ve noticed that more and more people want to “disinfection before meals, the phone does not move chopsticks out.”

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 series mobile platform has long been one of the logos of high-end, flagship smartphones, or an important basis for users to judge terminal device network connectivity and performance. Furthermore, with the arrival of artificial intelligence on the terminal side in the last two years, the performance of Snapdragon mobile platforms in terms of AI features has received a lot of attention. The combination of the Snapdragon platform and the Qualcomm AI Engine has resulted in a “1 1>2” effect for application scenarios such as photography and voice assistant. The Snapdragon 855 demonstrates Qualcomm’s deep exploration of smartphone and other end-user needs, such as the Snapdragon Elite Gaming for gaming and Qualcomm Spectra 380, the world’s first computer vision ISP (CV-ISP), designed to improve photography.

This kind of effort behind the scenes, Spectra 380, will ultimately result in an improved user experience and, of course, will further strengthen users’ trust in the Snapdragon platform, which is important for high-end, flagship users who focus on experience. If you choose keywords among the many features of Snapdragon 855, I believe 5G and AI are in the top two.

2019 5G smartphones may not sell well, but “popularizing 5G” to users can play an important role in the transition from 4G to 5G. For smartphone manufacturers, getting a head start on 5G smartphones may be the key to capturing future market share, and it’s clear that 5G smartphones are the icing on the cake that gets people excited about 5G phones. Furthermore, Qualcomm’s custom 5G solution for the Snapdragon 855 mobile platform is widely applicable and has no negative impact on manufacturers’ competition in the 4G smartphone market.

The choice of Snapdragon 855 or Snapdragon 855 Snapdragon X50 5G modem “5G module” is up to manufacturers and users, and AI is the key to Qualcomm’s decade-long exploration! Qualcomm’s advantages in computing, research and development, and chip manufacturing have all been fully utilized in the “AI competition.” The fourth generation of Qualcomm’s artificial intelligence engine, AI Engine, can make cell phones more spiritual and give developers more leeway, while AI performance will be improved further in the 5G era when combined with edge computing. In the 5G era, when combined with edge computing, AI performance will be further improved, and even combined with the Internet of Things to create more possibilities, user expectations of smart families and smart cities may also unfold! Overall, Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 mobile platform rich, powerful, comprehensive connectivity and performance for next year’s smartphone market left a colorful “ambush,” manufacturers how to use this “the strongest core” is worth examining.