Qualcomm Snapdragon 820

Qualcomm are renowned for not only their powerful chip-sets but also the various innovations that the company brings to its Snapdragon line of mobile processors. Being the pioneers of the 64-bit architecture chip-sets with the introduction of the Snapdragon 810 lineup, the US based company has today announced the launch of the Snapdragon 820 processor based on 14nm FinFET technology. Some of the key features of the new processor include support for ultra fast LTE speeds catered together with next-gen Quick Charge 3.0. Besides the aforementioned two features, the new Hexa core chipset includes:

  • X12 LTE modem – Offers 3x faster peak upload speeds and 33% faster peak download speeds compared to those of X10 LTE.
  • 64-bit custom Kryo CPU – The new 64-bit Qualcomm Kryo CPU has 2x performance and efficiency when compared to the CPU of Snapdragon 810.
  • Hexagon 680 DSP – The new Qualcomm Hexagon 680 DSP with Hexagon Vector eXtensions and a sensor processing “low power island” brings significant improvement to performance and battery life.
  • Adreno 530 GPU – Offers 40% improvement to graphics performance, compute capabilities, and power usage when compared to Adreno 430.
  • 14-bit Spectra Camera ISP – Camera Image Signal Processor (ISP) supports the capture of up to 28 megapixels.

The company has not disclosed as to which OEM would be the first to try out their new chipset but we do expect most of the flagship devices of 2016 to be up and running on the Snapdragon 820 processor. For a more in-depth look at what the processor has to offer, please visit the official Qualcomm blog post