Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 improves smartphone cameras

Qualcomm has revealed its next flagship processor at the Snapdragon Tech Summit. That processor is the Snapdragon 865 and it brings some notable upgrades.

At the summit, Qualcomm went into great detail about the Snapdragon 865 and what it will improve. It will offer a ton of new improvements compared to past generations. Those improvements namely will be coming in the forms of improved performance, AI processing and gaming. But, most notably, the Snapdragon will improve smartphone cameras.

Snapdragon 865 will improve smartphone cameras

Let’s get into the camera improvements the Snapdragon will bring. There is a new image signal processor: the Spectra 480. Specifically, the Spectra 480 features “2 gigapixels per second” speeds. So, what does that do for the camera? It opens up a number of new photography features.

Now, smartphones with the Snapdragon 865 will be able to shoot 200-megapixel photos in addition to shooting 8K video and 960 fps slow-motion video at 720p resolution. Also, it will enable smartphones to capture video with Dolby Vision HDR. We’ve never seen that in a mobile device, so that is a leap forward.

We could see the new Snapdragon very soon

If a smartphone wants to use the Snapdragon 865 it will need to meet all the Qualcomm camera hardware requirements. There’s speculation that the Samsung Galaxy S11 will feature the new Snapdragon. While the phone hasn’t been officially announced, it’s possible Samsung may use the Snapdragon 865 outside South Korea. There, it is possible Samsung will use its own Exynos 990.

There’s a high possibility we’ll be seeing multiple smartphones capable of shooting 8K video release next year. By the looks of it, that number will only keep growing. Qualcomm is giving developers other 8K processors to work with. We will likely see many more phones next year feature the new processor.

Sean Berry
Sean Berry
Sean Berry is Videomaker's Managing Editor.

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