With a close conclusion of 2015, focus is concentrating on next generation of Android smartphones, powered by Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 820 SoC. The US chip company has successively released a streak of fast and efficient chipsets before, however the last flagship chipset Snapdragon 810 SoC disappointed us for its throttling and overheating problems. Would its successor SD 820 SoC devotes to the unaccomplished goals of two-fold increase in processing power, less heating and bigger battery? Here is what we have from a Chinese analyst.
Pan Juitang, the first to uncover details about the chipset, has made a new report on the Snapdragon 820. A promising result has been claimed that Qualcomm's dragonborn chipset is 50% faster than Samsung's own Exynos 7420, the chipset that's been at the heart of this year's premium Galaxy devices. Allegedly, the 820 is up to 50% more powerful in single thread performance, which sounds very delightful given that most Android apps do not prioritise multi-threading.
What’s more, there is another confirmation of a 14nm FinFET process being used for fabrication, along with Cat 10 LTE support (up to 450Mbps downlink), a "complete 4K60 entertainment system" that would enable 4K video playback at 60 FPS, a programmable pre/post-processing camera DSP (which manufacturers will hopefully take advantage of), and a dedicated low-power sensor for "emerging always-on use-cases". Very seemingly that Qualcomm is shovel-ready to survive the rigorous competition with powerful chipset and top shelf technology.
New chips always get the most attentions. Some Android smartphone manufacturers are already taking test samples of the Snapdragon 820 out for a spin. As is known from Frank Meng, president of Qualcomm China, there are as many as 30 Snapdragon 820-powered smartphones in their planning and design phases. Hopefully the SD 820 would turn out to meet the long expectations that 810 was due to, so that a more desirable terminal with a more speedy processor, less heating, and bigger battery is impossible for Android subscribers in the year of 2016.