Monday, November 23

a powerful Cortex-X1 heart and 5nm engraving would be on the menu

A Chinese leak tells us about some of the alleged specifications of the Snapdragon 875. Qualcomm’s next high-end SoC would notably rely on the latest cores developed by the British ARM, while relying on a 5nm engraving … potentially that recently put on track by Samsung.

SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon

With its next high-end Snapdragon, Qualcomm would focus even more on energy savings without sacrificing performance… // Gamesdone: Qualcomm

What does the Snapdragon 875 have in store for us? While Qualcomm will hold its traditional Snapdragon Summit next month to unveil the high-end SoC that will equip most flagships of 2021, here is a leaker Chinese relay this week the main alleged characteristics of this famous Snapdragon 875.

On the menu, a new fineness of engraving (5 nm), but also new hearts… and not just any: the Cortex-X1 and Cortex-A78 from the British ARM. A combination that would allow, if it is true, Qualcomm to succeed in the grand slam by offering increased performance and significantly improved energy control.

Towards a Snapdragon 875 packed with technological innovations?

According to information relayed on the Chinese social network Weibo by Digital Chat Station, the Snapdragon 875 would be based in particular on a Cortex-X1 core clocked at 2.48 GHz, three Cortex-A78 cores clocked at 2.42 GHz and four Cortex-A55 cores, designed for light tasks and limited to a frequency of only 1.8 GHz.

As a reminder, ARM’s new Cortex-A78 core should allow it to develop up to 20% more performance than the older generation Cortex-A77, while the Cortex-X1 would be even more efficient. It could allow Qualcomm to reduce the performance gap observed between its latest SoCs and mobile chips developed by Apple, including the recent A14 Bionic.

We learn for the rest that the Snapdragon 875 would embed a more powerful Adreno 660 graphics part and would be based on a 5 nm engraving process. It could very well be the one recently proposed by Samsung. According to Digital Chat Station, Qualcomm will focus this year above all on reduced energy consumption for its processor. The brand could indeed rely on the transition from 7 to 5 nm to succeed in significantly improving the energy efficiency of the Snapdragon 875.

As Android Authority points out, Qualcomm recently unveiled its 5G X60 modem. Leaked information subsequently told us that this chip would be offered alongside the future Snapdragon 875, but it is not yet known whether it will be a solution directly integrated into the SoC. Answer at the beginning of December with the conference of the Californian manufacturer.

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