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Adreno 540 is 25 percent faster than Adreno 530

by on08 January 2017

Snapdragon 835 vs Snapdragon 820

Keith Kressin, senior VP of product management at Qualcomm, told the world that the Snapdragon 835 has 25 percent better graphics compared to Snapdragon 820. 

This was later confirmed by Tim Leland, Vice president of Qualcomm, who runs all GPU related things, and an industry veteran that we met a decade and a half ago when he was working for Nvidia.  

Overall, the new Snapdragon 835 is expected to have 25 percent lower power requirements when compared to Snapdragon 820, despite that Qualcomm managed to get a 25 percent faster GPU. It is not just the GPU that has improved, as the Adreno 540 supports full 10-bit color as well as the latest and greatest H.264 and H.265 codecs. The Adreno 540 GPU can do some amazing things including stitching the 4K 360 video in real time. This is still hard to do on a PC to begin with.

If anyone makes the senseless comment that we don’t need a faster GPU, trust Fudzilla when we say that it will take decades before we get to really cool immersive, close to photo-realistic experience and the faster GPU enables better content on mobile devices.  

Expect to see the immersive AR and VR applications and generally great things. We guess that machine learning that Qualcomm can run on its Adreno GPU will help you make better photos too.

The 25 percent performance increase comes from architectural changes as well as the 10nm processing node that makes every single of the three  billion transistors some 25 percent smaller compared to the Snapdragon 820.

From where we stand, the Snapdragon 835 already looks like a rock star that will win the hearts of majority flagships. Samsung would have to be crazy to ignore these advancements and not to choose the Snapdragon 835 SoC for its upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone.


Last modified on 08 January 2017
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