Android users, big news is coming your way: starting next year, Android phones will have the ability to shoot 4K HDR video thanks to the newly announced Snapdragon 845 mobile processor. The Snapdragon 845 is the follow-up to this year’s highly popular Snapdragon 835. And from the looks of what Qualcomm, the developers behind the Snapdragon, have revealed, it looks like the 845 will probably be just as popular.
So, as you probably have already guessed, the real big headline with the Snapdragon 845 is its reported ability to shoot 4K in HDR at up to 60 fps. But Qualcomm says that it can also shoot slow motion 720p video at 480 fps and 240 fps 1080p video.
For photographers, Qualcomm says that the 845’s Spectra 280 ISP can conduct multiframe noise reduction for 16-megapixel images at 60 fps and supports a wider color gamut and 10-bit color, which Qualcomm says allows for 64 times as many color shades.
Qualcomm says that the 845’s new Adreno 630 GPU will boost the quality of graphics and power efficiency by 30 percent and as well make display throughput 2.5x faster. In addition, it’s reported to support room scale 6DOF and utilize VR and AR applications with the ability to map out rooms in real time.
The 845 also uses Qualcomm’s latest gigabit LTE and Wi-Fi modems for connectivity. Qualcomm says the TrueWireless Bluetooth 5 system lets one device send audio to multiple speakers at the same time, and that the X20 gigabit LTE modem supports 20 percent faster peak and real-world speeds over the previous X16.
You can expect to see the Snapdragon 845 to be released in Android smartphones and laptops in early 2018.