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CES 2017: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835: A Swiss Army Knife of mobile processors and built for VR

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 processor is small, fast and built to power AR and VR on mobile devices.

At their CES 2017 press conference, Qualcomm officially released the technical details of their new Snapdragon 835 system on a chip. The chip combines Qualcomm's Kyro 280 CPU, Adreno 540 GPU and Hexagon 682 DSP. It offers several improvements over its predecessor, the Snapdragon 820. For starters, it's a 10-nanometer chip, which makes it 35% smaller than the 14-nanometer 820, and it uses 25% less power, offers 25% faster graphics, and 27% better overall performance.

Qualcomm also embedded their X16 LTE modem directly into the chip, which helps manufacturers save even more space inside their devices. The X16 supports peak download speeds up to 1 gigabit per second over cellular networks and multi-gigabit Wi-Fi.

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By blending improved processing power, faster wireless speeds, and enhanced 3D audio support, Qualcomm believes the 835 will help mobile devices of all kinds, not just phones, deliver immersive virtual reality and augmented reality experiences.

In fact, the company showed off a new pair of augmented reality glasses from Osterhout Design Group that are powered by the 835.

For more information on how the Snapdragon 835 will enable better VR on mobile devices, read Charlie Osborne's ZDNet article, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor brings VR to your mobile devices.

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