Qualcomm Takes Wraps Off Of Snapdragon 820 Processor

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Here’s what you can expect from the new chip

While Qualcomm gave us some information of their upcoming 820 processor a few months ago, the company left out a few important details about their upcoming flagship processor. Now the wait is over – Qualcomm has officially taken the wraps off of their next generation 820 SoC during an event in New York.

We already know that the 820 would come with the best in class X12 LTE with Cat 12 downlink speeds of 600Mbps and support for carrier aggregation. Now we know the rest of the story: the new processor is armed with Qualcomm’s new Kryo microarchitecture, and the chip maker is promising that the new SoC will have twice the performance and efficiency of their previous Snapdragon 810 processor.

Surprisingly, the new processor is quad-core instead of the more common octa-core SoCs of its competitors, and has a maximum speed of 2.2GHz. The new Kryo CPU is Qualcomm’s first custom-designed 64-bit quad-core CPU, and uses the company’s Symphony System manager to control everything in the SoC for maximum efficiency. The new processor is paired with the Adreno 530 GPU that boasts 40% improvement to graphics, performance, compute capabilities and power usage of the Adreno 430. The new SoC also uses the Hexagon 680 DSP that enables the CPU to offload more tasks to it resulting in less power consumption.

Qualcomm is also promising that the new SoC will not have the overheating problems of its previous 810 processor¬†and says that the 820 currently meets and even beats OEM thermal requirements. Of course, we’ve heard that before and the proof is always in the pudding – we’ll have to see how Snapdragon 820 equipped phones do out in the wild first.


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. They can’t add more cores because it’s expensive for them. Just like it’s expensive for Intel. Of course, the Crapcomm apologists will simply argue that it doesn’t matter, wah wah wah, yada yada yada, etc., they’re actually right somewhat. But multiple cores will matter when PC/phone hybrids start shipping in droves. Even more so now that Google merged android and that useless Chrome OS. And another American engineering sector will die. Just like their electronics industry decades ago. And just like their highly inferior automotive industry. Two thirds of it almost died and should have been allowed to die.

  2. when the news is about improvement on Snapdragon: ” Crapcomm”
    when the news is about improvement on Mediatek: Snapdragon is supreme wtf

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