QUALCOMM outlined a vision for its upcoming Snapdragon 835 processor to move beyond just connecting the smartphone, as the vendor eyes up emerging technology like AR/VR, autonomous cars and wearables.
In a press conference at CES 2017, the company revealed more details about its new processor, the successor to the Snapdragon 820, which it described as a “connected device chip”, while revealing partnerships with wearables manufacturer ODG to release the “first” AR smartglasses, and a new women’s smartwatch in collaboration with jeweller Swarovski.
Qualcomm said the new processor had been upgraded to not only improve the performance of upcoming smartphones, with better battery life for example, but has also been designed to enhance visual quality and sound for AR and VR.
It also said the processor will be able to connect numerous devices, including tablets, wearables and laptop, with improvements made to connectivity, while better battery and its smaller size could help tap into IoT. The chip uses 25 per cent less power than the Snapdragon 820, said Qualcomm. “Our new flagship Snapdragon processor is designed to meet the demanding requirements of mobile virtual reality and ubiquitous connectivity, while supporting a variety of thin and light mobile designs,” said Cristiano Amon, EVP, Qualcomm Technologies. Snapdragon 835 is now in production, and is expected to ship in commercial devices in the first half of 2017.