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Qualcomm is rumored to detail the Snapdragon 820 on August 11

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Chinese analyst, Pan Jiutang, took to Weibo (China's Twitter equivalent) earlier today, spilling the beans on the supposedly upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, which is expected to be announced on August 11th in Los Angeles. Dubbed MSM8996, Jiutang seems to have gotten his hands on internal slides outlining the Snapdragon 820, and the intel grab is quite meaty here.


We start off with the obvious: Qualcomm will be moving to a 14nm (FinFet) node with the Snapdragon 820, matching Samsung's Exynos 7420. Unlike the Snapdragon 810, however, the Snapdragon 820 will go back to "just" four custom, 64-bit CPUs — referred to as Hydra, not Kryo here — supposedly ensuring a "~35% performance improvement". On the graphics end, we're told to expect an Adreno 530 GPU and 40% performance improvement, along with over 30% better power efficiency. 


The SD820 will also provide support for dual-channel, LPDDR4 memory interfaces (up to 1866MHz), up to 28-megapixel cameras with programmable DSPs that will allow manufacturers to further differentiate their smartphones, 4K video at 60 frames per second, and even a dedicated, low-power sensor that will enable "emerging, always-on use-cases"


Finally, the source revealed a timeline slide, suggesting that the Snapdragon 820, as Qualcomm promised, is expected to see the light of day by the end of 2015. From what we're told, however, it won't be until 2016's Q1 that we see any super-phones flaunting the new super-processor. More as we get it.

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