Snapdragon 835 vs. Snapdragon 821 – What’s the difference?

    Qualcomm had recently at the CES 2017, announced the Snapdragon 835 chipset that would power most of the flagship smartphones of the year 2017. This should surely be the perfect successor to the Snapdragon 821 processor that was introduced in the second half of 2016, and powered the likes of OnePlus 3T, Google Pixel and ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra.

    The Snapdragon chipset was the one powering most of the flagships in 2016 but Qualcomm complemented it with a better performing chipset. Let’s compare the best ones to see how they differ and what are you going to get in the newer processor that will be seen this year.

    Also check: Snapdragon 820 vs. 821 comparison

    Speed difference

    According to Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 835 chipset is 27% faster than the Snapdragon 821. As for the energy usage, the new chip will consume 40% lesser power.


    While there are significant changes in the speed and energy consumption, Snapdragon 835 will still be 30% smaller than its predecessor.

    CPU difference

    In the new SD835, there is a combination of Kryo 280 CPU and Adreno 540 GPU, while the SD821 had used Adreno 530 GPU, with some differences. The newer combination is majorly for the support to be given to AR and VR, as this is what will be much famous this year.

    Thanks to the new GPU, the graphic rendering is going to be 25% faster and with the addition of better audio output, the chip is said to be supporting the virtual reality scene in a much better way.

    Quick Charging support

    Quick charging feature has been an integral good part of the Qualcomm chipsets, and there have been progressive changes done to the same. In the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, you are going to see the Quick Charge 4.0 technology that is said to be about 20% faster in charging time compared to the Quick Charge 3.0 technology included in the Snapdragon 821.

    Camera support

    The 14-bit dual Spectra image signal processors are supposed to support up to 32-megapixel cameras, while the previous generation one had support for up to 28-megapixel cameras.

    Battery Life

    According to the makers, the new chipset is said to be offering over a day’s talk time, about five days of music playing and more than 7 hours of 4K video streaming. This is about 25% better than the Snapdragon 821.


    For the Wi-Fi, there is 802.11ad multi-gigabit Wi-Fi compared to 802.11ac gigabit Wi-Fi in the previous one, and the Snapdragon 825 will come with Bluetooth 5.0 when compared to the Bluetooth 4.2 version in the Snapdragon 821.

    The LTE connectivity is also different, with the X16 gigabit LTE modem supporting downloads of up to 1000 Mbps and uploads of 150 Mbps, while the previous chip had the X12 LTE modem supporting downloads of up to 600 Mbps.

    And finally, about the manufacturing process. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor is made with a 10nm FinFET LPE process while the Snapdragon 821 was made using the 14nm FinFET LPP process.

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