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7 dazzling smartphone improvements with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 chip

Agam Shah | Jan. 4, 2017
Smartphones will be as fast as PCs, batteries will charge lightning fast and LTE data transfers could touch 1Gbps

Better selfies

Cameras are getting powerful in smartphones, and can now even shoot 4K video. Mobile devices with the Snapdragon 835 could have one 32-megapixel camera or two 16-megapixel cameras. The GPU will also improve post processing. Expect better cameras and impressive selfies on a smartphone with the new Qualcomm chip.

Smarter smartphones

Do you wonder how sites like Facebook can recognize faces in pictures? That's thanks to the magic of machine learning, where systems learn based on patterns and associations. Qualcomm is building some machine-learning features into the Snapdragon 835, so your smartphone may also be able to recognize your face without needing to reference data in a cloud service.  A number of machine learning applications like speech recognition are emerging, and the Snapdragon 835 could support such applications via its GPU and digital signal processors. The chip supports Tensorflow, a popular machine learning framework being used by developers. Mobile chips aren't designed for full-scale machine learning, though, so the Snapdragon 835 may be good only for inferencing on limited data sets, and not for the development of learning models.

 

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