The Samsung Galaxy S8 was unveiled at the Samsung UNPACKED event held in New York today. Samsung has effectively positioned their flagship smartphone to redefine the whole idea of what a smartphone is all about. Equipped with the latest and greatest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, the new flagship is poised to outperform any competition in the market. As expected, Samsung is the first manufacture to bring an actual smartphone with the Snapdragon 835 into the market.
As compared to the previous Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, the Snapdragon 835 features many improvements. Specifically, the Snapdragon 835 is designed with Virtual Reality in mind. It is the first ever mobile chipset that is fabricated on the 10nm process node. This essentially means better performance at a lower electrical consumption. With this improvement, the mobile chipset is geared much better improvements. In fact, the Snapdragon 835 is developed by Qualcomm in collaboration with Samsung. We can also expect much optimized performance from the chip on the Samsung Galaxy S8.
*The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are available in both Samsung Exynos 8895 and Snapdragon 835 processors. The smartphones are configured with different processors for different regional markets.
What’s the 5 main differences?
· CPU Performance
The Snapdragon 835 chipset holds a Octa-Core processor. More specifically, 4 of these cores runs at 2.45GHz for workload with higher computational requirements, while the other 4 runs at 1.9GHz for better efficiency. This is greatly improved from the previous quad core configuration of 2 x 2.35GHz / 2 x 1.6GHz.
· Graphics Performance
The Snapdragon 835 package comes with an upgraded Adreno 540 GPU. This new GPU has been upgraded to support the latest OpenGL ES 3.2 API. Generally, the GPU is also pumped to reach better graphics performance. This means better gaming performance and smoother graphics.
· LTE X16
With the new LTE x16 modem, smartphones can be connected to their 4G LTE network and enjoy up to speeds of 1Gbps. While you may not know, such cellular network capabilities are already under the trial in Singapore, and will subsequently be rolled out to the rest of the country.
· Bluetooth 5
The Bluetooth 5 technology is the next generation low power wireless connectivity for devices. As compared to Bluetooth 4.2, Bluetooth 5 is faster, has longer range, and can transfer more information. This hardware also prepares the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ with IoT devices as well.
· Quick Charge 4.0
Qualcomm says: Five minutes of charging for give hours of battery life. The new Quick Charge 4 not only charges faster than previous quick charge methods, but it is also designed to let charging run cooler and more efficiently. As compared to Quick Charge 3.0, it is 20% faster.
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