Smart­phones of To­mor­row

Brace your­self for smarter pro­ces­sors, in­tel­li­gent chipsets, su­pe­rior cam­eras and more. By Nidhi SiN­gal

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Get ready for a new wave of flag­ship smart­phones run­ning on Qual­comm Snap­dragon 845 pro­ces­sor

Smart­phone man­u­fac­tur­ers are work­ing to­wards pulling off the per­fect bal­ance between brain and brawn. Even as phones are tak­ing on slim­mer and sleeker forms, they are also be­com­ing more in­tel­li­gent and in­tu­itive. The brain of a smart­phone lies in its mo­bile chipset, which is re­spon­si­ble for lot more than just speed. New-age pro­ces­sors pack in most of the com­po­nents that power lap­tops and desk­tops – al­though on a smaller scale – in the form of sys­tem-on-a-chip (SoC). This is what equips smart­phones to carry out com­plex func­tion­al­i­ties.

Ap­ple gave us a glimpse of what a smart chipset can achieve – the A11 Bionic chip on iPhone X pow­ers the FaceID technology used to un­lock the phone, and helps achieve the blur ef­fect us­ing a sin­gle cam­era lens. Now, Qual­comm has an­nounced its next gen­er­a­tion Snap­dragon 845 pro­ces­sor that will power some of the up­com­ing flag­ship smart­phones, in­clud­ing the global edi­tion of Sam­sung Galaxy S9 and Note 9, Xiaomi Mi 7 and OnePlus 6.

What can we ex­pect from this new crop of smart­phones? Roger Sheng, Vice Pres­i­dent, Re­search, at Gart­ner, says the new smart­phones us­ing Snap­dragon 845 will have “more cre­ative AI fea­tures sup­ported by its het­ero­ge­neous com­put­ing technology.” “We also ex­pect en­hance­ments in photo and video ca­pa­bil­i­ties,” he adds.

Apart from be­ing su­pe­rior in terms of se­cu­rity and power ef­fi­ciency, here are some of the other ad­vance­ments one can ex­pect from flag­ship smart­phones launch­ing next year.

Se­cure Vault: Smart­phones hous­ing much of our per­sonal and fi­nan­cial data puts us in a vul­ner­a­ble po­si­tion. Al­though bio­met­ric au­then­ti­ca­tion tools and pass­codes re­duce the risk of data theft, these meth­ods are not in­fal­li­ble. The in­creas­ing in­stances of cy­ber at­tacks are proof. Chip man­u­fac­tur­ers are com­ing up with a se­cure vault that adds a new layer of hard­ware se­cu­rity. It is de­signed to keep all high-value as­sets such as bio­met­ric au­then­ti­ca­tion data – in­clud­ing fin­ger­print, iris, voice and face – and pass­words, user data and ap­pli­ca­tion data safe from pry­ing eyes. Ap­ple talked about the se­cure vault fea­ture on the re­cently launched iPhone X, and

il­lus­tra­tions by raj verma Chip man­u­faC­tur­ers are adding a new layer of hard­ware se­Cu­rity Called se­Cure vault

now Qual­comm has added a hard­ware iso­lated sub­sys­tem called the se­cure pro­cess­ing unit (SPU) in the Snap­dragon 845 pro­ces­sor.

Ma­chine Learn­ing and AI: Voice as­sis­tants such as Siri and Google As­sis­tant have been do­ing a great job of fetch­ing in­for­ma­tion with a sim­ple voice com­mand. This ex­pe­ri­ence is set to im­prove fur­ther, as chip man­u­fac­tur­ers are adding ded­i­cated hard­ware to han­dle ma­chine learn­ing pro­cesses for tasks such as real-time voice pro­cess­ing and im­age recog­ni­tion. FaceID on iPhone X, for ex­am­ple, un­der­stands the grad­ual changes in your looks and con­tin­ues to un­lock the iPhone. With the new 845 chip, Qual­comm claims that the over­all AI per­for­mance will be three­times bet­ter than the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion SoC. It will sim­plify cap­tur­ing bokeh im­ages us­ing a sin­gle cam­era, en­hance VR games, im­pro­vise ac­cu­rate au­dio de­tec­tion, iden­tify voice from the sea of sound, and make movie in­ter­ac­tion even more nat­u­ral.

Bet­ter Video Cap­ture: New chipsets with im­proved ded­i­cated im­age sig­nal pro­ces­sor will be able to cap­ture pic­tures with more de­tails. The one in Snap­dragon 845 pro­ces­sor will en­able high per­for­mance, true-to-life cin­e­matic video cap­ture and su­pe­rior photography. Smart­phones pow­ered by this chip will be able to cap­ture 64x more high-dy­namic range colour in­for­ma­tion for video cap­ture, record ultra HD Pre­mium video at 60 frames per se­cond and slow-mo­tion videos at 720p res­o­lu­tion at 480 frames per se­cond. When com­bined with AI, the cam­era will be able to also iden­tify noise in the im­ages, re­sult­ing in far bet­ter pic­tures. De­vices pow­ered by Huawei’s Kirin 970 chip will au­to­mat­i­cally choose cam­era set­tings based on the ob­jects in the frame en­sur­ing a much-en­hanced out­put.

More Power: Im­proved per­for­mance is a given in ev­ery new chipset. The 10-nm chip, aside from be­ing fea­ture-rich, claims to be 2530 per cent faster than the cur­rent Snap­dragon 835 chip. Launch­ing apps, play­ing games, AI-driven tasks and graphic-in­ten­sive apps, etc, will see a per­for­mance boost of up to 25 per cent. Both Ap­ple’s A11 Bionic chip and Qual­comm’s Snap­dragon 845 pro­ces­sor are de­signed to de­liver im­mer­sive 3D games and an en­hanced aug­mented re­al­ity ex­pe­ri­ence. There is said to be sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments in the bat­tery as well as the cam­era and visual pro­cess­ing ar­chi­tec­tures that will help in de­liv­er­ing up to 30 per cent power re­duc­tion when cap­tur­ing video, play­ing games and us­ing VR and AR ap­pli­ca­tions. Qual­comm Quick Charge 4 technology can get the bat­tery to recharge from 0 to 50 per cent in 15 min­utes.

with the snap­dragon 845 Chip, ai-driven tasks and graphiCheavy apps will get a 25 per Cent boost

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