Snapdragon 835 mobile platform powers Samsung Galaxy Note8

31st August 2017
Alice Matthews

Subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, Qualcomm Technologies, has announced that its premium mobile platform is powering what it supposedly Samsung’s most advanced smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Note8, for select regions. The Samsung Galaxy Note8 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform, which is one of the first commercial SoC manufactured using 10nm FinFET technology.

The SoC integrates the Snapdragon X16 LTE modem supporting Gigabit LTE speeds and also features the latest generation of Qualcomm Adreno 540 GPU, which delivers up to 25% faster graphics rendering compared to Adreno 530, while allowing users to enjoy a 360° immersive visual capture experience. The Snapdragon 835 also features the Qualcomm Mobile Security platform with enhanced security for biometrics and device attestation, which can be experienced in the Galaxy Note8.

“The Samsung Galaxy Note8 is the result of a continued collaboration with Samsung to ensure its customers have access to the most advanced mobile experiences available today,” said Alex Katouzian, Senior Vice President and General Manager, mobile, Qualcomm Technologies. “Featuring superior biometric security, Gigabit LTE speeds, immersive multimedia, incredible photography and powerful compute performance, the Samsung Galaxy Note8 powered by the Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform is designed to support all of the mobile experiences users need and demand today.”

The Snapdragon X16 LTE modem fully integrated into the Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform supports blazing-fast Gigabit LTE speeds and upload speeds of up to 150Mbps, a significant improvement over the previous generation. The Galaxy Note8 features Qualcomm Signal Boost, the adaptive antenna tuning technology for carrier aggregation, designed to deliver a more consistent voice and data experience, indoors and outdoors. An advanced RF front-end, which includes Qualcomm Technologies’ envelope tracker, aperture tuners, BAW filter, extractor, low-noise amplifiers, impedance tuner and diversity receive modules, enhances the signal performance, power efficiency and thermal performance of the Galaxy Note8.

The Galaxy Note8 also takes advantage of the integrated Qualcomm Spectra 180 ISP’s dual 14-bit image signal processing working in conjunction with the integrated Qualcomm Hexagon DSP that uses technology to accelerate the Galaxy Note8's enhanced imaging experiences. In particular, photography and video enthusiasts will enjoy instant HDR photo capture and HDR video recording enabled by zzHDR image sensors, supported by Qualcomm Technologies’ low-power HVX technology. The Galaxy Note8 also features a high-resolution dual-camera system to deliver a smooth zoom experience between the Galaxy Note8’s two cameras for recording high quality videos from a wide range of distances, with great clarity.

Audio performance on the Samsung Galaxy Note8 is greatly improved over previous generations with the inclusion of the Qualcomm Aqstic audio codec (WCD9341) and Qualcomm aptX HD. The WCD9341 is the next-gen 40nm audio codec, which supports HiFi quality audio with PCM up to 384kHz/32bit at 130db dynamic range and THD+N at -109db right out of the high-quality headphone jack. aptX HD delivers 24-bit audio over a Bluetooth wireless connection. As well as accepting a 24-bit audio input, 24-bit audio resolution is maintained by using an extra two bits in each of the four sub-bands of processing.

“We are excited to continue our long history of collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies, and are happy to select the Snapdragon 835 mobile platform to power the Samsung Galaxy Note8,” said TM Roh, Executive Vice President, Head of R&D, hardware, Samsung Electronics. “This enables us to provide our customers with the best possible mobile experience encompassing advanced connectivity, security, imaging, virtual reality and machine learning.”

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