Qualcomm Details New Snapdragon 855 Mobile 5G Chipset with 4K HDR10+ & 60FPS Video Capture Support


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Qualcomm has unveiled its latest flagship mobile platform. The new Snapdragon 855 chipset will be the first commercial mobile platform to support multi-gigabit 5G, along with second-generation 4K HDR video capture and other advanced camera capabilities.

Powered by the new Qualcomm Spectra 380 ISP, the Snapdragon 855 chipset offers several hardware accelerated computer vision (CV) features, including hardware-based depth sensing to allow for video capture, object classification, and object segmentation in real-time 4K HDR at 60fps. In practice, this function will enable users to capture a video at 4K HDR and simultaneously replace selected objects or backgrounds in real-time. In addition, the chipset's ISP is the first of its kind to support HDR10+ video recording. And to better store all those advanced video files, the Snapdragon 855 also incorporates hardware acceleration for HEIF file format encoding, resulting in a 50% reduction in file sizes. 

Here's a full rundown of key specs and features for the Snapdragon 855's Spectra 380 Image Signal Processor per Qualcomm:
  • Dual 14-bit CV-ISPs; 22MP @30 fps concurrent dual cameras; 48MP @ 30 fps single camera
  • Hardware CV functions including object detection & tracking (Histogram of Oriented Gradients, Harris Corner Detection, Normalized Cross Correlation, Linear classification and optical flow) and stereo depth processing
  • Advanced HDR solution including improved zzHDR and 3-exposure Quad Color Filter Array (QCFA) HDR
  • 4K60 HDR video capture (HDR10, HDR10+ and HLG) with Portrait Mode (bokeh), 10-bit color depth and Rec. 2020 color gamut
  • Hardware-based Multi-Frame Noise Reduction (MFNR) for snapshot and Motion 
  • Compensated Temporal noise Filtering (MCTF) for video
  • Hardware-based Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) solution within camera subsystem
  • A new modular ISP design with more flexibility to tap in and out of the imaging pipeline both in the RAW and YUV pixel domains
  • High frame rate capture for slow motion video (720p @ 480fps)
  • HEIF photo capture, HEVC (H.265) video capture

And beyond advanced camera features, the Snapdragon 855 will also provide next-gen 5G mobile support, AI functions, immersive extended reality (XR), long-lasting battery life, HDR gaming, and extensive video playback capabilities for HDR10+, HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision, and 8K 360 VR video content.

Though specific mobile devices set to use the chipset have not been announced yet, the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform is scheduled to launch in commercial devices in the first half of 2019.

Source: Qualcomm