Qualcomm teases Snapdragon 835 for CES 2017

Alex Kidman 28 December 2016

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Qualcomm’s latest mystery processor won’t be a mystery for long.

CES 2017 is a little over a week away, and while much of the expected hype is around TV services, vehicle technology and wearables, there has been an increasing focus on mobile phone handsets as part of the CES experience. Asus has already teased its next run of ZenFone devices, and LG has announced that it will launch 5 new mid-range handsets at CES. Now Qualcomm is getting in on the game, teasing that it will bring the Snapdragon 835 processor "into focus" at CES 2017.

Qualcomm makes many (though not all) of the processing chips that power most Android handsets. Apple goes its own way with its A-series processors, and some manufacturers such as Huawei and Samsung have their own processing cores, Kirin and Exynos respectively.

There’s not much detail known about the Snapdragon 835, save that it’s said to be built on a smaller 10nm process. That’s likely to bring both processing power and power savings to the forefront of the new design. The fact that Qualcomm is planning a large number jump from the Snapdragon 820/821 processors could also signal that it’s expecting significant performance improvements from the 835 when it debuts. It could debut with new devices as well as the chip at CES 2017, and it seems inevitable that manufacturers will announce devices at MWC 2017, two months later.

As it did with the Samsung Galaxy S7, Samsung may opt to use the Snapdragon 835 in the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 in certain territories and its own Exynos chips in other territories. For the S7, Australia received the single-SIM Exynos variant, although direct importers did make the Snapdragon 820 variant available as well.

We’ll be reporting live from CES 2017, including Qualcomm’s announcements, so stay tuned for more on the Snapdragon 835.

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