Qualcomm is getting us excited for next year’s phones this week by telling us what to expect from their next-gen chipsets. What Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chipsets are capable of outlines what smartphones are capable of, making their announcements a preview of the next year’s hot smartphone features. Here’s a couple — Quick Charge 4.0 is ready to go, and those next-gen chipsets will be more powerful and efficient thanks to some help from Samsung.
The introduction of Quick Charge has been one of the best recent advances in smartphone tech. With 3.0, if you were about to be stranded with a dead battery, you could get enough juice to last the rest of the day with just 20 or 30 minutes of charging. Quick Charge 4.0 will be even faster, with Qualcomm saying that users can expect five hours of battery life from just five minutes of charging. By, roughly speaking, using two charging streams, Qualcomm has been able to up the speed of power transmission while making charging more efficient. Qualcomm says Quick Charge 4.0 will start showing up in Snapdragon 835 phones next year.
Speaking of the Snapdragon 835, that’s where Samsung’s help comes in. Samsung and Qualcomm have long been manufacturing partners, but the relationship has become crucial now. Samsung, which makes a lot of its own chips, has put the finishing touches on their 10 nm FinFET process. Qualcomm wants in, and for good reason. Not only does the new manufacturing process guarantee more performance and efficiency, the chipset itself is smaller, leaving more room for other components (hopefully, they mean bigger batteries).
We should hear a lot more about the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC in the coming weeks, but at least we know it’s on track to start being included in phones by the beginning of next year.