5 upcoming smartphones powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor

5 upcoming smartphones powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
The Snapdragon 810's throttling and overheating problems made the first half of 2015 quite bothersome for chipmaker Qualcomm. After building a reputation for strong, compelling products, the company found itself in the unnatural position of having to defend itself and a compromised chipset against the overwhelming criticism it faced.

Although Qualcomm's PR department did do whatever it could to exercise damage control, the company's upcoming Snapdragon 820 SoC might turn out to be exactly the form of reputation management needed. Over the years, it has been powerful, yet efficient chipsets with custom-designed cores and integrated LTE modems that built the Qualcomm powerhouse across the low, mid, and high-end device tiers. So if the Snapdragon 820 SoC, which will inevitably propel the majority of second-half 2015 and early 2016 flagships, regardless of its reliability, returns to the glory days of awesome Qualcomm chips, everyone will win. The chipmaker. The customers. Even Samsung! How so?

If the prophecy is fulfilled, Samsung will become Qualcomm's manufacturing partner for the SD 820, which will let Qcom take advantage of Sammy's established 14nm FinFET production process to build its most powerful chipset to date. Its CPU integrates four custom 64-bit CPU cores codenamed Kryo, clocked at up to 3GHz each. There's also the new Adreno 530 GPU at play, along with an advanced MDM9X55 LTE-A Cat. 10 modem.

It's way early to predict how the Snapdragon 820 will turn out, but with custom cores and an advanced production process involved, we reckon we should keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best! And to put "hope" into a more material context, here are five Snapdragon 820-powered smartphone "hopefuls" in the making. They shall be announced in the third and fourth quarter of 2015, due for release in early 2016 as Qualcomm and Samsung sort out the SD 820's mass production process.



1. Nexus4lifes

Posts: 298; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Nexus 2015?

4. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Eagerly waiting for Mi5....

14. may_czos

Posts: 955; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

Snapdragon 808/810.

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2. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Sooo this is basically a Samsung EXYNOS?

8. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

No, it's just on the same process (14nm) as the Exynos. The Exynos is just a stock ARM CPU with a stock ARM Mali GPU, all at 14nm. The SD810 was stock ARM CPU combined with a custom Adreno 430 GPU. The SD820 will be a custom Qualcomm CPU and GPU (Adreno 530) at 14nm.

21. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

GreekGeek when you dont know what you talking about you should shut up. Samsung will only make the chip based on plan and developpement made by Qualcomm. Custom Core instead of Arm core ( Exynos use Stock Arm core btw ) Past Qualcomm Chip with Custom core where always at the top of all SOC maker. Qualcomm 800 , 801 , 805 is an example. The snapdragon 820 is A 64 bit version of the 805 mostly with higher performance and a killer GPU. All Samsung is putting on the Table is the SOC foundry and the 14nm process wich make smaller soc thats will use less energy and make less heat than 20nm or 28 nm. So yeah its help but the only reason Qualcomm is going with Samsung is thats no one else can make 14nm correctly beside intel and intel dont want to work with Qualcomm. IF Samsung dont come out with 10nm first ad TSMC come out with it first when Qualcomm will make a 10nm chip they will go to TSMC.

3. alipashang77

Posts: 15; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

I wish the new Nexus has 820...

10. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015


13. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Then I am buying next nexus.

19. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Everyone should buy a Nexus... except the most recent one which was too big and expensive. Still a good phone but not my cup of tea.

20. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

I was ok with size of nexus 6 but I didn't want to go with last generation of 32 bit SOC built in 28nm. I really liked it though. I expect my device not to be absolute for as many year as it can.

5. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Don't know about you but I'm sure there's 6 phones on that list.

6. ekalavya

Posts: 10; Member since: Jun 17, 2015

I would love to see a new Nexus phone in this list

7. fiddler

Posts: 21; Member since: Jun 06, 2014

Waiting to see it in Nexus 2015.

9. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Gimme that Xperia Z5 Ultra, and we are done for a year.

11. RajRicardo

Posts: 500; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

That Xperia Z5 looks dope. Is it a concept? or already existing model?

15. may_czos

Posts: 955; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

It's a concept.

12. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

G4 pro.. have a digitised stylus,so card option and voila you'll beat the hell of "underwhelming " note 5 rumours. :) ^Bm ™

17. rency0722

Posts: 158; Member since: Jun 12, 2013

It's Kryo, not Kyro. And looking forward with the Z5 Compact. Give us a 4K HEVC video recording with 3-axis OIS OIS.

18. kassi

Posts: 109; Member since: May 25, 2013

its kryo what means something like frost, so im damn curious if this is correct.

22. TechNeck

Posts: 656; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

The Z5 and HTC Aero Look promising...

23. ppoojavermaa

Posts: 45; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

Thanks Man

24. goodenough

Posts: 82; Member since: Sep 28, 2014

I am waiting for the Z5 with a brand-new look.

25. gosselin

Posts: 90; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Z5 Compact. Hopefully it will be introduced at IFA and better than Z3C.

26. gosselin

Posts: 90; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Z5 Compact Compact. Hopefully it will be introduced at IFA and better than Z3C

27. b1acktiger

Posts: 223; Member since: May 19, 2012

Looking forward to the launch of Aero to replace my M8.

28. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

I still don't understand what was so horrible about the m9.. lol if i could dream, i'd want the m9 with a snapdragon 820 instead.... maybe a better camera but other than that i love the aesthetics.. i don't understand everyone's need to have something completely "fresh" every year... how can you complain when these same people are buying iphones year after year and not complaining about the little difference over the past 15 years. YES the iphone 6 was a huge change. good for them, so was the galaxy s6 but just because those OEM's needed to experiment and change their look doesn't mean HTC's formula one was a crash and burn failure... i'm not saying they shouldn't ever need to change their design but this incredible backlash all of a sudden where no one is satisfied anymore. even the galaxy s6 which has had hundreds of articles hailing it as the greatest android phone ever has CONTINUALLY disappointed in sales.. people must be wondering at this point how OEM's can keep up with public demand if the public demand is unrealistic and unruly.

31. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

Apple has a lot of sheep. They will only buy Apple products. They don't care if it's 640p or finally 1080p screen resolution. The screen will always be the best compared to other phones. :)

29. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

HTC Aero looks nice concept.

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