Qualcomm Snapdragon 845: everything you need to known about the flagship phone chip

The Snapdragon 845 chipset has been officially unveiled, and it’s expected to feature in some of the biggest Android flagship smartphones in 2018.

It’s not just phones that the chip is destined for though, with it likely to find its way into tablets, laptops and VR headsets over the course of the next 12 months.

We’ve broken down all the detail to bring you everything you need to know about this next generation chipset that will set the scene for 2018’s smartphones.

Incredible HDR video and upgraded camera

Your next smartphone won’t just be able to display brilliant-looking HDR video, it will be skilled at recording in HDR, too, Qualcomm announced today.

For that reason alone, the new Snapdragon 845 chipset, which debuted at the company’s annual tech summit in Hawaii, is enough to make us excited for the best Android phones to come in 2018.

Starting with a completely redesigned image sensor processor, the chipset is poised to pave the way for giving users the power to capture HDR footage on a phone camera. It can also record 4K Ultra HD at 60 frames per second.

“The videos you capture are going to e more lifelike than they were before,” said Tim Leland, Qualcomm Vice President of Product Management. We’re going to see an increase in the quality of pixels, not just the quantity of pixels.

Just like the Snapdragon 800 was the first to capture 4K video in 2013, the 845 is going to be the first to have a sensor that soaks up 64 times the color data compared to standard sensors, going from 8 bits to 10 bits of color.

That’s what gives HDR content so much “pop” and you’ll be able to see the difference for yourself in 2018.

Qualcomm says it has substantially improved its algorithms, added multi-frame noise reduction and video at 720 in HD10 for 480 frames per second for slow motion video.

ImMotion, something we haven’t seen before, will allow future smartphone cameras users to capture a mix of moving video and pause portions of the scene. Qualcomm illustrated this with a motionless girl staring at her goldfish moving about a bowl. The user will be able to edit thanks to new post-processing powers.

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