It is more than just a spec bump
*Updated with official specs
After being in the rumor mill for several months, Qualcomm unveiled its latest flagship processor with the Snapdragon 855. A 7nm-based processor manufactured by TSMC, the Snapdragon 855 comes with a 4th-generation, multi-core Qualcomm AI Engine that Qualcomm claims can deliver up to 3 times better AI performance compared to its predecessor. It also has a Computer Vision (CV) ISP, making computational photography possible with mobile devices.
The Snapdragon 855 uses an unconventional tri-cluster arrangement: four Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 1.8Ghz, three Cortex-A76 cores clocked at 2.42Ghz, and a lone high-performance Cortex-A76 core clocked at 2.84Ghz. Powering the graphics side is a Adreno 640 GPU and a Hexagon 690 DSP that supports up to a 48-megapixel single camera or two 24-megapixel cameras. The new GPU is capable of shooting 4K HDR videos at 60FPS and supports 8K playback.
As expected, the Snapdragon 855 supports 5G via the Snapdragon X50 Modem. 4G versions use a Snapdtagon X24 Modem that promises 2gbps download speeds. Other features include Snapdragon Elite gaming for an improved gaming experience and 3D Sonic Sensor— the world’s first commercial in-display ultrasonic fingerprint solution.