Qualcomm described the Snapdragon 865 in detail on Wednesday, with a long list of new features that included 5G, PC-like gaming features, high-resolution camera imagery, and much more.

Qualcomm set up a demo room where we could go hands-on with some of the features. We took the opportunity to shoot some short videos to go with our descriptions, and you can see them all below.

Single-camera video bokeh

We’ve all probably used “portrait mode” on a smartphone camera—that’s the feature that blurs the background to create the “bokeh” effect of a traditional lensed camera. It’s a nifty way to make the eye zero in on the subject of the image. Smartphone cameras use AI to distinguish the subject from the background, which usually works pretty well.

The Snapdragon 855 first introduced bokeh to video captured with the smartphone camera. The 865’s implementation differs in two ways: It uses a single smartphone camera to achieve the effect, and it uses AI to identify the subject—the same technique it uses for slo-mo video. In the demo we saw, it worked most of the time.

And no, we didn’t get a drink out of it.

Multi-user upload MIMO Wi-Fi

Yes, that seems like a bunch of gibberish—which is probably why Qualcomm felt it necessary to show what it means in the real world. Imagine a concert, or a football game, or a school play—somewhere where multiple users might be streaming video over Wi-Fi to others who aren’t there.

If you’ve ever downloaded something over Wi-Fi, you know that speeds can be excellent, depending on the available bandwidth. Upload speeds, though, usually stink—whether it’s the paltry available upstream bandwidth or limitations on the Wi-Fi.

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This is a demo that allegedly shows the competition—we don’t know who, or what. But if Qualcomm’s trying for smooth streaming, that’s a plus.



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