Decrypting Snapdragon 865: Ten Reasons to Become the Most Advanced 5G Mobile Platform

There is no doubt that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 mobile platform is the most advanced 5G mobile platform.

Snapdragon 865 has won the trust and choice of many mobile phone manufacturers around the world, and has become a mobile platform enabling 2020 5G flagship terminals. So far, more than 70 Snapdragon 865-equipped terminals have been released or are under development. The achievements of Snapdragon 865 embody Qualcomm Technologies' decades of R & D investment, engineering implementation, a series of industry-first 5G results, and continuous deep optimization of important applications, including Google Mobile Services-all of which are ultimately Become the top mobile experience that users can enjoy.

Through continuous innovation in 5G, AI, photography, video, audio, and security, we are committed to supporting customers to create products with cutting-edge performance and excellent battery life. All along, the Snapdragon 8 Series top mobile platform has taken the lead in supporting a number of breakthrough technological innovations, enabling cutting-edge mobile experiences such as multi-gigabit high-speed downloads, live concerts, real-time translation, and high-response multiplayer mobile games. With a complete and comprehensive product portfolio, Snapdragon 7 Series and 6 Series mobile platforms can often quickly integrate these technological innovations, bringing a mobile experience comparable to other companies' top products on mainstream tier platforms.

The Snapdragon 865 mobile platform integrates many innovations, and therefore has won the trust of global terminal manufacturers, becoming the preferred platform for the new generation of 5G smartphones. Here, I want to share ten reasons why Snapdragon 865 stands out:

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1, the antenna from the modem to a complete solution 5G

The terminal manufacturer is free to choose the supplier of the RF front-end (RFFE) device, but we provide customers with a complete system-level solution as a choice. Our unique advantage is that we can provide a complete solution from modem to antenna, including baseband, RF transceiver, RF front-end and antenna module. All devices have been tested and optimized to work together. This complete solution can bring excellent connection speed, coverage and energy efficiency, and also meet the design requirements of mobile phones, further improving the 5G user experience.

2 , 5G millimeter wave

One of the original intentions of 5G is to use a wider range of wireless spectrum resources-from low and medium frequency bands below 6GHz to higher frequency millimeter wave frequency bands. Millimeter wave can provide extreme network capacity and ultra-high-speed cellular network connection up to 7.5Gbps, which is an indispensable and vital component in the development of 5G. It can be said that whether to master millimeter wave technology is a key factor in determining whether a company has 5G leadership.

Many years ago, we were the first to carry out research and development on millimeter waves. During the development of the Snapdragon 865, using the Snapdragon X55 5G modem and RF system, we ensure that the Snapdragon 865 can support all major frequency bands and combinations from low to high frequencies. Supporting millimeter waves in commercial smartphones, the Snapdragon 865 is far ahead of other manufacturers in this regard.

3 , 5G 200MHz carrier aggregation below 6GHz

In addition to millimeter waves, the Snapdragon 865 can also provide unparalleled speed and coverage in the frequency band below 6GHz. With support for 200MHz spectrum carrier aggregation, the peak speed of the Snapdragon 865 in the frequency band below 6GHz is twice that of the flagship solution of the competition, providing a download rate of up to 5Gbps. Recently, we used the Snapdragon X55 modem and RF system to achieve a 3.6Gbps rate through 200MHz carrier aggregation in TDD mode below 6GHz.

4, gigapixel-class ISP

The Qualcomm Spectra 480 ISP is another feature of the Snapdragon 865 integration. It can process professional-quality photos and videos at a speed of 2 gigapixels per second. With this speed, the ISP can support a series of unprecedented shooting features, such as 8K video shooting, Dolby Vision video shooting, 200 million pixel photo shooting, and 960FPS unlimited slow-motion video shooting.

5, with a force of 15 TOPS considered the fifth generation of AI Engine

Breakthrough user experiences such as advanced shooting, audio, mobile games, and real-time translation also rely on outstanding terminal-side AI performance. The fifth-generation Qualcomm artificial intelligence engine AI Engine supported by Snapdragon 865 can easily handle the above applications.

The performance of the Qualcomm AI Engine is extremely outstanding, and it can achieve 15 trillion operations per second (15 TOPS) with low power consumption, which means that many complex AI applications can run smoothly and efficiently on the Snapdragon 865. In addition, the outstanding AI capabilities of Snapdragon 865 can also be used to handle common classification networks such as Resnet 34, Inception V3, MobileNet SSD, and DeepLab V3 +. We also cooperate with more than 60 software developers to take advantage of our fifth-generation AI Engine accelerates its AI experience.

6 , durable and stable graphics performance

Qualcomm Adreno 650 GPU can provide the best durable graphics performance for Android platform. The Snapdragon 865's integrated GPU supports rich and smooth graphics, while also meeting the requirements of long-term gaming or use. Competitive GPUs will experience performance degradation over time.

7 , top game features

The future of gaming is mobile. Research shows that currently more than 80% of players use mobile terminals to play games ; with the popularity of 5G, it is estimated that 2.7 billion people worldwide will use mobile terminals to play games in 2021. Therefore, we have built the Snapdragon 865 into a mobile platform that provides unprecedented mobile gaming performance and end-game rendering quality. Snapdragon Elite Gaming has features such as Desktop Forward Rendering, GPU updateable drivers, support for HDR10, and 144Hz display refresh rate, which are currently not available in other competing products.

8, real-time two-Wi-Fi 6

Snapdragon 865 also includes the Qualcomm FastConnect 6800 mobile connectivity subsystem, which brings real-time dual Wi-Fi 6 capabilities to smartphones. This unique feature enables Snapdragon 865-equipped smartphones to take full advantage of the 2×2 + 2×2 dual-band concurrency features working simultaneously in the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, greatly improving Wi-Fi 6 performance. Through this unique dual-band concurrency innovation, the terminal transmission speed has been significantly improved, and the latency has been greatly improved, bringing a more immersive mobile Wi-Fi experience to users.

9, Bluetooth, ultra-wideband speech

Another important mobile connection technology that has a significant impact on the user experience is Bluetooth. To cope with the rapid development of wireless audio, the Snapdragon 865 supports Qualcomm aptX Voice audio technology. The new voice audio codec is designed to bring a 32kHz sampling quality ultra-clear voice call experience through Bluetooth wireless technology, so users can enjoy smooth voice calls when wearing wireless earphones.

10, 5G support global deployment of business solutions

In summary, Snapdragon has become synonymous with a great mobile experience. This is why most mobile phone manufacturers worldwide trust and choose the Snapdragon platform. We are proud that the Snapdragon 865 has become a mobile platform supporting 5G smartphones and services in almost all countries and regions in the world with its leading technology and rich features.

Users deserve an excellent mobile experience. Choosing a 5G smartphone with the Snapdragon 865 is the first step. As the most advanced 5G mobile platform, Snapdragon 865 helps our customers and partners to continue to innovate and gain development and success worldwide.

Author: Alex Chan · Kathu (Alex Katouzian)

Senior Vice President and General Manager of Mobile Business, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.