The latest flagship chipset for smartphones is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and with this system-on-chip, you don’t just get improved performance and reduced power consumption, but you also get quite an interesting set of photo and video benefits.
As you all may know by now, the Snapdragon 835 will be powering a good number of upcoming flagship smartphones that are led by Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. A lot has already been said about these two phones and even though the major highlights stem from the fact that the two will come with an all-new design language, the photo and video capabilities of the phones will just be as good as the new designs – or even better. Let’s take a closer look.
Optical and digital zoom
There is no arguing against the fact that smartphone cameras from the recent past have been trying their best to improve on the aspect of digital zooms. However, this hasn’t seen any major success despite the likes of Apple, LG, and Huawei implementing dual-lens cameras to improve the zooming aspect. When you try using digital zoom on your phone, the amount of image degradation that results from the process will make you never want to try that again.
But according to Qualcomm, the new Snapdragon 835 is here to take care of this shortcoming. Apparently, this SoC is designed to take care of this graininess issue by cleverly combining optical and digital zooms in order to deliver photos that are “smooth, seamless and lossless.” The American chipmaker also adds that the new processor will come in with enhanced zoom performances with respect to videos as well.
Fast and accurate AF
Today, it is easy to find midrange phones shipping with cameras that have autofocus (AF), however, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 promises a faster and more accurate AF that will ensure shutterbugs are quick at capturing even those fastest moving moments. With this, your Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus won’t miss capturing a thing despite how fast that car is moving, at least according to Qualcomm.
The tech giant says that to achieve this fast and more accurate AF, the Snapdragon 835 will come in with a Dual Photodiode (2D) AF mechanism that promises to make every single pixel capable of phase detection as well as image capture as opposed to cases where only a portion of the pixels are involved. With this 2D mechanism, Qualcomm says that the Galaxy S8’s camera will deliver quicker and more effective AF.
To make sure that the images and videos produced have more realistic colors, the Snapdragon 835 will take advantage of Qualcomm Clear Sight dual-camera technology which as the name suggests, brings together two camera lenses – a mono and color image lens. Here, the color filter will be separated from the mono sensor (black and white) in order to allow the camera to record full RGB spectrum light rather than recording a single (specific) color.
The phone will then proceed to apply the mono image to the color image thus ending up with a photo that has more realistic color production despite the lighting conditions of the surroundings. This feature does not only apply to photos, but also to videos as well.
So, with these great additions to the Snapdragon 835, will you make Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus a priority buy once they are released somewhere towards the end of April? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.