Mobile Computing Features

Expand your mobile device experiences.

Our mobile processors don't just manage your mobile device's features, they improve them. With hardware and software designed to optimize each area of use, your processor can enhance virtually any mobile experience—quickly and efficiently.

Processing and power management

Quick Charge

Eventually, all devices need an energy boost. Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ technology, next-level charging technology for mobile devices powered by Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processors, keeps you and your device up and running efficiently by charging faster than conventional chargers—helping you stay connected, mobile and on the go.

Kryo CPU

The Qualcomm® Kryo™ CPU (built on ARM Cortex Technology) available in certain Snapdragon processors is optimized for high-performance mobile computing. It is designed to deliver premium performance using less power, generation after generation—helping to meet your mobile needs without compromise.

Hexagon DSP

The next-generation Qualcomm® Hexagon™ DSP is designed to deliver advanced imaging and sensor-based features while offloading tasks from the CPU to help save energy. Imaging and computer vision hardware help brighten up low-light areas of video and photos faster, using only a fraction of the power used by the CPU.

Qualcomm All-Ways Aware Hub

Qualcomm All-Ways Aware™ sensor technology senses and collects data at virtually all times while using very little battery life. It is designed to improve the battery efficiency of always-on activities like activity counters so you can keep track of your steps, and sensor-assisted location accuracy to help ensure you’re headed in the right direction.

Multimedia and immersive experiences

Snapdragon Elite Gaming

Develop immersive games that don’t drain battery life with Snapdragon Elite Gaming on select Snapdragon mobile platforms. Our Snapdragon Elite Gaming solutions bring the best of console gaming to the mobile device, with a jam-packed arsenal of hardware and software features that deliver cinema-quality graphics, powerful audio, and smooth play.

Adreno GPU

A built-in Qualcomm® Adreno™ GPU is the powerhouse engine behind extraordinary video detail and fluid animations. It is designed to quickly render complex geometries for next-level visuals in games and apps with super-fast responsiveness and superior mobile connectivity in order to create truly immersive experiences.

Qualcomm Spectra ISP

Qualcomm Spectra™ dual ISPs are engineered to support high megapixel (MP) cameras, superb image quality, super-fast autofocus and cutting-edge noise reduction technologies—bringing professional-grade imagery to mobile devices. 

Snapdragon dual cameras: Capture photos first, adjust focus later
Mar 22, 2016 | 1:00

Clear Sight camera technology

Qualcomm® Clear Sight™ camera technology consists of a single, fully integrated hardware module using two cameras designed to take photos at the exact same time and instantly merge them together, providing outstanding image quality—even in low lighting. 

Hybrid auto focus

Devices featuring certain Snapdragon processors are designed to support lightning-fast hybrid auto focusing systems, so you can snap with precision.

Snapdragon hybrid auto focus
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Low-light mobile photography

Snapdragon processors enable photos and videos that are bright and colorful, regardless of lighting conditions. The processors can scan for visual noise, brightening and sharpening spots as needed.

4K Ultra HD capture and playback

When it comes to displays, an increase in pixels means better clarity, depth and contrast. 4K Ultra HD—found in Snapdragon 8 series processors—employs four times the pixels of standard 1080p full HD.


Play, record, display and share videos in 4K Ultra HD.
Mar 23, 2016 | 2:12


Select Snapdragon processors are ULTRA HD PREMIUM-ready with support for High Dynamic Range (HDR), wider color gamut, and 10-bit color depth (HDR10). These technologies are engineered to deliver brighter whites and deeper blacks, making colors more vibrant and capturing details in the subject that might otherwise be lost with Standard Dynamic Range (SDR).

TruPalette color tuning

Truly accurate color requires fine tuning at the pixel level. Qualcomm® TruPalette™ display features are designed to work behind the scenes without any user adjustments to display settings. TruPalette is engineered to enhance a device display’s appearance through an intelligent color adjustment and gamut-mapping system, to make colors look vibrant and true to life.

Qualcomm TruPalette Technology Brings Your Phone’s Display to Life
May 2, 2016 | 1:00

Low power light adjustment

Device displays using Qualcomm® low-power picture enhancement adapt to a device's surroundings, making the display easily viewed—even in bright sunlight.

Snapdragon Display Technology Makes Smartphones Smarter Under the Sun
May 2, 2016 | 1:00

Audio Features

Audio hardware leadership

Qualcomm Aqstic audio codec and speaker amplifier

The Qualcomm Aqstic™ audio codec offers authentic Hi-Fi sound reproduction with high dynamic range and an ultra-low noise floor while using low power. And the speaker amplifier provides a loud volume boost with protection technology. Together, they are designed to deliver true studio-quality sound experiences to - smartphones with Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Mobile Platform.

Immersive VR audio

Qualcomm Aqstic MPEG-H 3D audio

Feel truly immersed in VR with superior 360-degree surround sound, made possible by Qualcomm Aqstic MPEG-H scene-based audio. Extraordinary sound capture and playback is available in a unique, single scalable format.


Qualcomm Aqstic audio zoom and surround sound recording

Qualcomm Aqstic audio zoom uses multiple microphones on a mobile device, so you can easily hone in on a single sound source. And real 3D surround sound 5.1 recording is designed to allow you to have the best possible sound experience through your Snapdragon-powered device and home theater.


Qualcomm Aqstic active noise cancellation

With Qualcomm Aqstic active-noise-cancellation technology, uninterrupted music and crystal-clear audio phone calls are now possible on your battery-free, active-noise-cancellation headset. Qualcomm Aqstic is also engineered to improve device security and efficiency through low-power, always-on and always-listening voice activation.

Safeguarding devices from beneath the screen.

Our most cutting-edge, security-rich, reliable fingerprint sensor is completely ultrasonic. Qualcomm® 3D Sonic Sensor technology enables spoof-proof mobile device protection by using sound waves to better recognize and safeguard users and their data.

Qualcomm® 3D Sonic Sensor is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries.


Camera security

Using the very latest iris and facial recognition technology, secure camera — part of the Qualcomm® Mobile Security suite — takes user authentication to the next level to help support safe payments and purchases on your device.

Hardware Token

As another part of the Qualcomm Mobile Security suite, on-demand security tokens from the device to third-party backend services are designed to provide next-generation authentication and comprehensive encryption to help keep your mobile transactions confidential.

Malware Protection

Qualcomm® Malware Protection within the Qualcomm Mobile security suite uses real-time, machine learning-based malware detection as well as hardware-based security features to better protect data on your device against attacks.

Snapdragon security platform

The Qualcomm® Mobile Security suite is designed to provide a robust, multidimensional suite of mobile security technologies based on a security-rich foundation of hardware and software, engineered for performance and efficiency in today's complex mobile environment.

Qualcomm Quick Charge, Qualcomm Hexagon, Qualcomm All-Ways Aware, Qualcomm Kryo, Qualcomm Adreno, Qualcomm Spectra, Qualcomm Clear Sight, Qualcomm TruPalette, Qualcomm Low-Power Picture Enhancement, Qualcomm Aqstic, Qualcomm Mobile Security, Qualcomm Malware Protection and Qualcomm Snapdragon Security Platform are products of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries.


Enabling the Full 4K Mobile Experience: System Leadership
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Whitepaper: Breakthrough Mobile Imaging Experiences
Jan 5, 2015
Snapdragon 4K Datasheet
Dec 30, 2014
Whitepaper: Making Immersive Virtual Reality Possible in Mobile
Mar 8, 2016
Making Immersive Virtual Reality Possible in Mobile
Dec 23, 2015

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