Qualcomm Outs Partial Details of Upcoming 820 Processor


Will Qualcomm be able to recover from their disastrous issues with the 810?

Qualcomm’s top of the line 810 processors has had a rough time ever since its introduction, mainly because of overheating issues. Qualcomm has been trying to move on from that debacle, and has revealed some details of its upcoming flagship 820 processor, namely the graphics processing unit and the image signal processor.


Obviously with a new processor comes a new GPU, and the 820 is no different. It’ll be powered by an Adreno 530 GPU, whihc promises a performance jump of 40% over the Adreno 430. What’s nice is that the 530 is able to achieve this performance increase with a signifant power requirement decrease, around 40% compared to the previous GPU. That means that the Adreno 530 is able to do more with less, which should mean increased battery life and decreased thermal issues while playing games and other graphically intensive tasks.

API wise the 530 will support OpenGL ES 3.1 and the Android Expansion pack, and for select platforms OpenGL ES 3.2 will also be supported, with backwarks compatibility for OpenGL 2.0 and Renderscript for GPGPU. The new GPU is also capable of wirelessly streaming 4K content at 30FPS, and 60FPS when connected via HDMI 2.0.


The new ISP is dubbed spectra, and brings a lot of new features to the table. For instance, Spectra can handle multi-camera setups with up to three(!) sensors working simultaneously, with the resolution cap being set at 25-megapixels, with video set to 30FPS at max resolution. Additional features include enhanced de-mosaicing as well as improved hybrid AF framework and more.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.


  1. This should be a good one should Qualcomm manage the heating issues that plagued the S810 and make it least existent on the S820. From what i read around the net, the 820 will be clocked around 3.0 ghz which will definetly make it an oven. But since the 820 will be a custom designed core (Kyro) and will have a die size of 16nm or 14nm, qualcomm might actually get away with such an incredibly high clock speed for a mobile device without having crazy overheating issues. It’s going to face tough competition though, the A9 of the iphone 6S, the tegra X1 which will have what, 300+ maxwell cores? (The K1 is already a beast. Using it right now on MiPad hehe) and the next generation octa-core Exynos and deca-core Mediatek SoCs which will have the A-72 cores which provides 3x something the power of the a-15 (not that sure, can’t remember exact details. Correct me if im wrong) while being more power efficient at the same time.

    1. A very thorough explanation! I just feel sorry for Qualcomm, they are in a tight spot now, unlike before when they can control and manipulate the market. Mediatek and company has already gobbled up the market that was only being catered by SD ? 🙂

  2. Mediatek deserves props for finally making it to the big leagues. Flagships are finally using mtk’s as their SoCs. The only thing holding down mediatek chips from really dominating is the gpu and modem. If they can somehow incorporate a modem that can perform on the same level of snapdragons and a good gpu, mediatek will monopolize the whole market. They’ve already got the lower end and mid range, only thing left is the top tier. Samsung is the biggest winner btw, since the a9 of the iphone 6s will be built on thier 14 nm process which means $$$ for sammy even if the s6 didn’t sell that much xD

    1. Qualcomm is also planning to use Samsung foundries. I hope they will say no. Time to kill Qualcomm and take over its market.

      1. Yep! Time for Samsung and others to take the helm from Qualcomm’s overheating failures.

        Its just that i’m not to keen on Mediatek on releasing updates for their SoC’s on a timely basis.

  3. I’m not a Qualcomm fan but they do need to up their game and stay in the playing field. More players the better, otherwise there’s no natural restraints on monopolistic tendencies for any company.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Back to top button
%d bloggers like this: