Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 SM8350 5nm CPU, X60 5G Modem, New Tech And Specifications Leak

Qualcomm is deep in the final stages of developing its next generation of smartphone SoC. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 will succeed the current-generation flagship smartphone System on a Chip (SoC), the Snapdragon 865. The upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon flagship SoC has a new design philosophy that fully embraces the 5G mobile and telecommunication standard with an integrated high-speed 5G modem.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 started making the rounds of the internet earlier this year. It is supposed to be the upcoming flagship smartphone chipset from Qualcomm which the majority of top-end premium Android smartphones will feature. Expected to arrive later this year, the Snapdragon 875, also referred to internally as the SM8350, is a significant shift from the current Qualcomm flagship SoC, the Snapdragon 865, or SD865. Incidentally, the Snapdragon 865 will not have an incremental upgrade. In other words, there won’t be a Snapdragon 865+, and hence, the Snapdragon 875 could be the true successor to Snapdragon 865.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 SM8350 5nm SoC Specifications, Features:

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 is codenamed SM8350. Qualcomm hasn’t officially acknowledged or denied the existence of the upcoming flagship SoC. However, the company is most likely getting the same manufactured at Taiwan’s TSMC. Moreover, the Snapdragon 875 will be manufactured on the newly developed 5nm Fabrication Node, making it one of the smallest mobile silicon dies.

One of the most notable features of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 is the integrated 5G modem. Back when Snapdragon 865 was finalized, the latest 5G standard for mobile communication and data transmission was still being finalized. Hence 5G compatible smartphones with Snapdragon 865 chipset had to include a separate 5G modem, called Snapdragon X55 5G modem. In other words, the 5G modem wasn’t onboard the SD865. This not only increased the cost of the components but also made designing the SoC more expensive. Additionally, an extra piece of hardware inside a smartphone often ends up consuming more power.

The upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 is expected to have an integrated Snapdragon X60 modem. Incidentally, Qualcomm has officially confirmed the existence of the next-gen 5G modem. However, the modem is expected to be commercially ready next year.

Apart from the Snapdragon X60 modem, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 will reportedly include a custom Kryo 685 CPU built on ARM’s V8 Cortex architecture, along with an Adreno 660 GPU, and a Spectra 580 image-processing engine. There are rumors about an Adreno 665 VPU, an Adreno 1095 DPU, and support for both mmWave and sub-6GHz bands.

Other technologies that are expected to show up in the Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 are given as follows.

  • Snapdragon Sensors Core Technology
  • External 802.11ax, 2×2 MIMO, and Bluetooth Milan
  • Compute Hexagon DSP with Hexagon Vector eXtensions and Hexagon Tensor Accelerator
  • Quad-channel package-on-package (PoP) high-speed LPDDR5 SDRAM
  • Low-power audio subsystem combined with Aqstic Audio Technologies WCD9380 and WCD9385 audio codec

 Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 SM8350 5nm SoC Based Smartphones Launch:

Qualcomm usually holds the Snapdragon Tech Summit in the month of December. Hence it is quite possible that the company will officially announce and launch the Snapdragon 875 SM8350 5nm CPU at the summit, and provide additional details about the next-gen flagship chipset.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 SM8350 5nm SoC will obviously be the choice of chipset for the next year’s flagship Android smartphones. The prices of such devices, including the OnePlus smartphones, have crossed $900. Given the difficulties being faced due to the ongoing global health crisis, the prices of next year’s premium, high-end Android smartphones should be on the higher side.

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