Flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 5G Mobile Platform Powers the Samsung Galaxy S20 Series

Qualcomm Incorporated | 02-13-2020

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. announced that its latest flagship Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 865 5G Mobile Platform is powering Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.’s latest and most cutting-edge smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S20 series (S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra), for select regions. Snapdragon 865 is the world’s most advanced mobile platform featuring the industry-leading 5G Modem-RF System, the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X55, and it is designed to deliver the unmatched connectivity and performance required for the next generation of immersive mobile devices.

“We are very proud to continue our longstanding collaboration with Samsung Electronics, which allows us to develop and deliver the most groundbreaking mobile technologies to consumers,” said Alex Katouzian, senior vice president and general manager, mobile, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “The Galaxy S20 series, powered by the flagship Snapdragon 865 mobile platform in select regions, provides the most advanced connectivity and sophisticated capabilities available, and are raising the bar for what mobile devices should be.”

“Samsung Electronics and Qualcomm Technologies are both committed to delivering innovative mobile experiences to consumers,” said KyeongJun Kim, executive vice president and head of mobile R&D office, Samsung Electronics. “The Galaxy S20 series, powered by the Snapdragon 865, offers a new mobile experience that will change the way people capture and enjoy their lives. Thanks to 5G connectivity, AI-powered camera, to gaming capabilities and battery that pushes the boundaries of what’s possible, the Galaxy S20 series will make life easier and better.”

The Galaxy S20 series was designed to take advantage of the performance and efficiency improvements achieved by the Snapdragon 865 Mobile Platform. Delivering a groundbreaking 15 TOPS of AI performance2x more powerful than its predecessorthe new 5th generation Qualcomm AI Engine and new AI software tools pack incredible performance for the Galaxy S20, allowing users to access the latest camera, audio, and gaming experiences available. At the heart of the Qualcomm® AI Engine is a new and improved Qualcomm® Hexagon™ Tensor Accelerator that has 4x the TOPS performance of the previous Tensor Accelerator, while operating at 35% greater power efficiency. In addition to the Qualcomm AI Engine, the all-new Qualcomm® Sensing Hub enables these devices to be contextually aware of their surroundings while using extremely low power. Highly accurate voice detection helps ensure your requests are heard loud and clear, while enhanced, always-on sensors and intelligent sound recognition bring contextual AI to the next level.

Snapdragon 865’s ISP operates at staggering speeds of up to 2 gigapixels per second and will provide these Galaxy devices with brand-new camera features and capabilities, including 4K HDR capture with over a billion shades of color, and 8K video capture. Galaxy users will also be able to take advantage of gigapixel speeds to slow things down and capture every millisecond of detail with high-definition slow-motion video capture at 960 fps. In tandem with the 5th generation Qualcomm AI Engine, the gigapixel speed ISP will allow these devices to quickly and intelligently identify different backgrounds, people and objects, so they can be treated individually for a truly customized photo.

Snapdragon 865 is equipped with the cutting-edge Qualcomm® Kryo™ 585 CPU, which, as part of these devices, delivers up to 25% performance improvement compared to the previous generation. Additionally, the new Qualcomm® Adreno™ 650 GPU, which offers up to a 25% overall performance boost compared to the previous generations, ensures superior processing power for this next generation of flagship devices. It is equipped with the Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF System, which is the world’s first commercial modem-to-antenna 5G solution for consistent, lightning-fast speeds across the board, with peak speeds of up to 7.5 Gbps. The comprehensive Modem-RF System approach will enable advanced technologies such as Qualcomm® 5G PowerSave, Qualcomm® Smart Transmit™ technology, Qualcomm® Wideband Envelope Tracking technology and Qualcomm® Signal Boost to help deliver superior coverage and data speeds along with support for all-day battery life*. 

*Battery life varies significantly based on device, settings, usage, and other factors.