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Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 could get a big graphics boost over 821

Online benchmark info may indicate that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor could offer smartphones a big boost in graphics over the Snapdragon 821.

Published onDecember 7, 2016


Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 835 mobile processor a few weeks ago, but so far the company hasn’t offered any official info on its clock speed or graphics performance. However, new online benchmarking results may have provided some early information on those details.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 versus Apple A10 Fusion

The GFXBench site has recorded what appears to be the development board for the Snapdragon 835. Its numbers show that it has an octa-core design with a clock speed of 2.2GHz. However, the numbers for the processor’s Adreno 540 GPU may be more impressive. The benchmark indicates 30 percent better performance compared to the Adreno 530 that’s part of the current Snapdragon 821 processor.

Keep in mind that these numbers come from an online benchmarking site and, as a result, they may not be completely trustworthy. Also, the stats come from an early development board for the Snapdragon 835, so the final production board could see some performance improvements and final clock speeds could always change.

The Snapdragon 835 processor is expected to start showing up inside select smartphones sometime in early 2017. Unconfirmed rumors claim the first phone with the 835 will be none other than the Samsung Galaxy S8, which could be revealed in late February as part of the Mobile Word Congress 2017 trade show.