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Snapdragon 820 unveiled: coming with Kryo CPU, Qualcomm's first custom 64-bit core

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Snapdragon 820 unveiled: coming with Kryo CPU, Qualcomm's first custom 64-bit core

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 system chip has just broken cover at the company's keynote at Mobile World Congress 2015. This is the newest flagship chip from Qualcomm and we expect it to power a bunch of high-profile Android and Windows Phone devices when it becomes available.

The Snapdragon 820 introduces us to the first 64-bit custom Qualcomm CPU core called Kryo, and the whole chip will be built using the non-planar FinFET architecture, meaning that we have TSMC's 16nm and Samsung's 14nm fabs as the candidates to manufacture it. 

The new system chip is also the first of a new platform called Zeroth.

The Snapdragon 820 is expected to sample in the second half of 2015. Unfortunately, these are the only details we have for the time being, but do stay tuned as we will visit Qualcomm's booth and try to learn more details about the upcoming chip.

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posted on 02 Mar 2015, 03:10 3

1. sip1995 (Posts: 1594; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


4K video at 60fps ?

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 03:22 3

8. vincelongman (Posts: 4577; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


I can't find any details about this 820

Strange since Qualcomm usually boast about their SoCs quite a lot

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 03:28 2

9. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


They have just thought about the chip. It's far from final details and production. I guess we'll receive first phones in Q1 2016.

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 03:40 23

13. havefunlets889 (Posts: 16; Member since: 23 Feb 2015)


"They just thought about the chip" - this maybe one of the stupidest comment I read in a while. It takes at least 3 years for a custom chip to go from design table to the final production. That means Qualcomm has been working on "Kryo" from the beginning of 2013 or maybe even earlier. So no they didn't just thought about the chip, they have been working on "Kryo" for a very long time.

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 03:48 1

16. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


Thought about means preparing the architecture and thinking abut the details of the architechture. -_-

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 04:48 9

24. ankitp (Posts: 138; Member since: 19 Feb 2013)


thinking about details of the architecture ?? how could that giant processor compay qualcomm announce before thinking what would be their next architecture be like...they are into it..not thinking ..they would have been studied years before announcing infront of the mass ,thats so silly to make that big move without thinking and studying pros and cons lol

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 03:40 4

14. vincelongman (Posts: 4577; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


There's literally no details except the name of their next custom core

Maybe this seems like a panic announcement to try move attention of the performance issues with the 810 on the G Flex 2 and One M9

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 04:13 6

20. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1536; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


Looks like that to me. They know they are going to lose the performance battle against Exynos7420 in phones and Tegra X1 in tablets, so they are trying to shift attention to their future plans.
(Even the first nice tablet announced already uses Snapdragon 810).

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 04:53 3

25. ankitp (Posts: 138; Member since: 19 Feb 2013)


may be panic announcement?? man it's not leaked and they are not talking about future possiblilities....how could a big oem promise if they cannot deliver it in future??

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 19:32

44. cheetah2k (Posts: 1599; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


The Future is Exynos... They know it too lol ..

PANIC STATIONS!!

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 06:21

30. Awalker (Posts: 1578; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


To be fair Qualcomm's roadmap for the second half of 2015 leaked out a couple of months ago and PA did an article on it.

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Qualcomm-late-2015-roadmap-leaks-out-14nm-FinFet-Snapdragon-820-surfaces-Taipan-Krait-successor-due_id65010

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 14:36

43. vincelongman (Posts: 4577; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


That's actually a fake leak

The 620 was announced to have A72 cores, not Taipan cores
And now the 820 is announced to have Kryo cores, ton Taipan cores

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 03:10 8

2. techperson211 (Posts: 1236; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


Hopefully Sony will opt for this for their Z4 and z4c if there will be z4c.

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 03:17 10

4. hboy857 (Posts: 349; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)


Not going to happen. SD820 phones will arrive at the end of 2015 and first half of 2016 (Read the anandtech article).

Anyway, no worries. I saw couple of videos where M9 performs really well. Really fluid performance. Looks like the second batch of SD810 have none of the overheating issues that plagued the first batch.

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 03:20 2

6. Captain_Doug (Posts: 1017; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Z4/Z4C haven't been released/announced yet. Could be delayed until then. It's feasible. I would be fine either way.

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 04:12 1

19. Fardon (Posts: 95; Member since: 24 Nov 2014)


Lol its not going to happen.
Sony simply cannot afford to just delay their mobile a whole year for a new processor...Just imagine If OEMS really did that, we'd be waiting forever for new phones.
The Z4 is using the 810 and its as simple as that.

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 06:47

31. Captain_Doug (Posts: 1017; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Who said anything about delaying a year? Says they're sampling this half of 2015. Another few months and it could be released. That's ~6 months. They can afford to wait if it's for something that big. I'm just saying it's a possibility. I wouldn't be crass enough to say what they will or won't do.

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 07:03

32. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


It says they're sampling in the second half, not this half.

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 12:44

48. Fardon (Posts: 95; Member since: 24 Nov 2014)


What an idiot...

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 03:47

15. techperson211 (Posts: 1236; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


We all know that Sony mobile division is in need of a game changer in their sales figure . With 810/820 and availability worldwide not to mention right pricing same as the m4. Then I guess they'll be back in the game.

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 03:54 2

17. hboy857 (Posts: 349; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)


Xperia Z3 series is a hit lineup for Sony. Z3 series is the reason Sony mobile saw profit in Q4 2014. Especially Z3C is selling really well. If they keep producing excellent product like Z3C and priced it competitively I think Sony mobile will be fine.

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 05:53 1

26. j2001m (Posts: 2979; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


The m9 is very big so I ne thinking no big problem, it's close to the dev phome

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 12:09 1

42. AppleCultist (banned) (Posts: 335; Member since: 18 Feb 2015)


Really? because Anandtech reported that the M9 lags and stutters.

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 03:12 3

3. usermaxthon (Posts: 70; Member since: 20 Jan 2015)


Awesome. I've been waiting for this. Good job Qualcomm. Next year phones will be awesome.

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 03:17 4

5. techperson211 (Posts: 1236; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


Yeah I think 810 has a lot of issues the reason why they release these 820 earlier. Hopefully they'll step up the game cause Samsung and other chip maker are ahead of them.

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 03:21 2

7. mostafawael.1998 (Posts: 240; Member since: 01 Oct 2014)


I will wait then. Better wait for a powerful correct SoC.

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 03:31 7

10. dimas (Posts: 2270; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


So 810 just become outdated in an instant?

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 03:38 3

12. Kruze (Posts: 1285; Member since: 30 Dec 2014)


Kinda. Could be due to the overheating and throttling issue on the 810. If that's not the case, then they would've unveiled this 820 in IFA.

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 06:01 2

29. Mutation.X (banned) (Posts: 185; Member since: 09 Feb 2015)


Snapdragon were always outdated. Another overrated hyped products like Apple.

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 07:54 2

36. Trex95 (Posts: 938; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)


Apple is overrated hyped Lol. So this the reason why Samsung copied Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 4s including Xperia's z ultra desgin and call it galaxy S6..! Yeah I agree that Samsung manufacturing excllent chipsets and Nand flash, but don't rush it cause the next overrated hyped as you mentioned above iPhone 6 S and 6 plus S or 7 and 7 plus going to packed with the same 14nm chipset call it A9 and more powerful GPU than any smart phone in the market.

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