Qualcomm took its sweet time to announce its flagship processor but it’s now finally here. Snapdragon 820 is here. This is the processor you will see in the flagships arriving next year.
Qualcomm had a rough year because of its Snapdragon 810 that quickly became infamous for overheating. It continues to shadow the launch of Snapdragon 820 although Qualcomm keeps saying it won’t suffer from any such problem.
Let’s have a quick look at the new features of Snapdragon 820. It doubles up on the performance with Qualcomm’s custom made Kryo CPU with half the number of cores, four cores, compared to the octa-core Snapdragon 810. There’s also new Adreno 530 GPU to go with it. Qualcomm has used upgraded Hexagon 680 DSP, which should help the CPU perform tasks even more efficiently.
Snapdragon 820 will also power 4K UltraHD display, both on the device as well as external with the 4K output. It will natively support camera sensors up to 25MP. It is also the first to make use of Qualcomm Sense ID along with other security and safety features such as Qualcomm SafeSwtich. Snapdragon 820 will also come with the latest Quick Charge 3.0 feature that charges batteries faster. Qualcomm is also promoting its proprietary WiPower wireless charging.
Expect the major OEMs to have this one inside their flagships next year.