Qualcomm is proving without any doubt that VR is here to stay. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile Processor is positioned as a VR/AR device, soon to be found in a multitude of portable devices, including cellphones and tablets.
This is a significant advance from one of the world’s biggest names in mobile computing and a supplier to most of the world’s biggest handset manufacturers, an industry that reaches into the lives of most of the world’s population. I’m hoping you can see where I’m going with this – performance VR is reaching the regular guy or gal who owns a smartphone, and it’s going to happen sooner than you think – it’s rumored that the Samsung S8 will be using a snapdragon 835, for example.
The 835 is built using Samsung’s new 10nm manufacturing process, and achieves significant efficiency gains over the Snapdragon 820. It is claimed that the 835 uses just 60 percent of what the older 820 SoC used, while increasing performance by up to 27%. This translates directly to lower temps and longer battery life. More importantly, Qualcomm has designed the 835 for lower motion-to-photon latency and higher sensitivity in detecting 6 Degrees of Freedom of movement.
Moreover, the 835 will process video much more efficiently, with Qualcomm claiming a 25% improvement in 3D graphics performance. These advances are also coupled with other, mainstream cellphone improvements such as faster charging times and better transmission speeds. This move just makes perfect sense, and is an exciting development for fans of virtual reality. I’m excited to see what hardware results from this development.
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