5 upcoming smartphones powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
posted by Luis D. / Jul 10, 2015, 5:20 AM
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.
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posted on Jul 10, 2015, 5:24 AM 5
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Sooo this is basically a Samsung EXYNOS?
posted on Jul 10, 2015, 5:25 AM 1
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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.
posted on Jul 10, 2015, 6:38 AM 11
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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.
posted on Jul 10, 2015, 2:30 PM 4
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I wish the new Nexus has 820...
posted on Jul 10, 2015, 5:26 AM 5
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Then I am buying next nexus.
posted on Jul 10, 2015, 8:01 AM 0
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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.
posted on Jul 12, 2015, 4:58 PM 2
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