Qualcomm revealed the name of its newest SoC, the Snapdragon 835, at its Snapdragon Technology Summit in New York today. The new SoC replaces the Snapdragon 820/821 at the top of its lineup. While Qualcomm is not yet ready to disclose the specifics about what’s inside the Snapdragon 835, it did confirm one important detail.

Keith Kressin (left) and Ben Suh (right) holding Snapdragon 835, the first 10nm SoC

Keith Kressin, Senior Vice President of Product Management at Qualcomm, took the stage with Ben Suh, Senior Vice President of Foundry Marketing at Samsung Systems-LSI, to announce that the Snapdragon 835 will use Samsung’s 10nm "10LPE" FinFET manufacturing node. We do not know the Snapdragon 835’s power or performance numbers yet, but according to Samsung its 10nm process “allows up to a 30% increase in area efficiency with 27% higher performance or up to 40% lower power consumption.” The switch from 14nm to 10nm, along with other changes, give the Snapdragon 835 a smaller die size than the Snapdragon 820 SoC, and should also help improve battery life.

The Snapdragon 835 is already in mass production and on schedule to appear in commercial devices during the first half of 2017.

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  • tuxRoller - Thursday, November 17, 2016 - link

    Well, I'm not sure this is true.

    It wasn't until their first 64bit arch that they really took the unambiguous lead. That they've been able to maintain (increase?) their advantage over the years indicates how focused, and talented, their team is.
  • sseemaku - Friday, November 18, 2016 - link

    Its difficult to understand Qualcomm's naming. We had SD800, 810, 820 and now directly 835? Next they will release 840, 860 to imply bigger performance gains!
  • zodiacfml - Friday, November 18, 2016 - link

    Looks like there's going to be a slower version, an 830. First batch seems to be going expensive and rare considering that number 5.
  • zodiacfml - Friday, November 18, 2016 - link

    First half of 2017 is pretty vague. It means that is not the first quarter. Either we don't see the Samsung S8 with this chip on March or it will be delayed, I reckon, in May.
  • chipped - Saturday, November 19, 2016 - link

    Only problem I've noticed with Snapdragon chips is that they always have thermal problems, they only be run in 5+ inch phones without throttling. Whereas a chip like the Apple A9 can be put into a 4 inch phone like the iPhone SE without being throttled or limited in anyway.

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