New Desktop-Class Gaming Capabilities
The Snapdragon 865 supports what is known as desktop-forward rendering, or forward rendering-a graphics pipeline that most gaming engines use for Android devices. Qualcomm says it will "provide desktop-quality lighting and post-processing effects that bring a new level of realism to mobile gaming." The company has partnered with Unreal to bring the gaming engine to the mobile phone on the desktop, without the losses typical of more efficient operation on or within the temperature constraints of smaller devices.
I watched a recorded demo and found more sophisticated and complex lighting effects with forward rendering turned on. The Snapdragon 865 also receives Game Color Plus 2.0, which in its first iteration added HDR to the games. The new version will enhance games that "have not exploited the HDR color space," said Qualcomm spokesman PJ Jacobowitz. It will do so with a little care. Rather than simply saturating every hue, Jacobowitz explained that the tool understands and maintains nude colors in standard dynamic colors, while improving things like sky and grass, so the effect still looks realistic.
The 865's GPU also adds a hardware-embedded feature called the Adreno HDR Fast Blend to enhance scenes with strong effects, such as those with "complex particle systems", so that some of them are rendered twice as fast. It also offers updateable drivers that you can download from the Play Store. So if performance upgrades are available, you do not have to wait for the next Android update to install them. However, it is device manufacturers who publish these software packages and forward notifications to you so that you can install these updates.
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C heng said when the company designed the 865 three years ago, it did not want its partners to have to choose between integrating a 5G modem and discretion. "So we only chose one option: discreet," he said. "If you look at the multimedia capabilities of this platform, you'll see why we split them," he added.
The 865 will also support WiFi 6, which can reach up to 1.8 Gbps, as well as Bluetooth 5.1 in addition to the usual connectivity options. It supports Super Wide Band Voice (SWB) via Bluetooth, improving the audio quality of your headsets.
Qualcomm also highlighted the fifth-generation AI engine, which is a combination of CPU, GPU and the Hexagon 698 processor. These components allow the Snapdragon to perform 865 AI tasks at up to 15 trillion operations per second (TOPS), twice as fast as its predecessor.