Ahead of tomorrow's Snapdragon 820 unveiling, Qualcomm says overheating will not be an issue

Ahead of tomorrow's Snapdragon 820 unveiling, Qualcomm says overheating will not be an issue
After previewing the Snapdragon 820 back in early spring and gradually unveiling more information about its upcoming chipset over the past few months, Qualcomm is about to finally lift the curtain off the new SoC. Qualcomm is set to officially debut the Snapdragon 820 tomorrow, November 10th.

With less than a day to go until the grand unveiling, the company's head of marketing recently took to Twitter to announce that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 beats the thermal requirements of device makers. Despite numerous reports which pointed out that the current-generation Snapdragon 810 chipset features poor thermal performance, Qualcomm has often denied such reports in the past six months. Hopefully, these new claims regarding the thermal efficiency of the Snapdragon 820 will turn out to hold water when the first devices powered by the beast reach our testing lab.

According to our current expectations, which are based on both rumors and official information from Qualcomm itself, the Snapdragon 820 should come with a new dual-cluster quad-core processor with custom CPU cores, a new and significantly Adreno 530 GPU, support for dual-channel LPDDR 4 RAM, Cat. 10 LTE connectivity, as well a dedicated low-power sensor hub for always-on use cases. Qualcomm has recently confirmed that the Snapdragon 820 will be built using the 14nm FinFET non-planar node technology, which is thought to mean that the chip will be manufactured by Samsung. 

If you want to do your homework before Qualcomm unveils the chip tomorrow, here's everything you should know about the Snapdragon 820.

Although each product launch has its own importance, it's safe to say that Qualcomm has a lot riding on the success of the Snapdragon 820. The chip maker lost a tempo with the Snapdragon 810, a chip that packed a lot of processing power but was plagued by overheating issues, and it definitely cannot afford to skip another beat if it wants to maintain its position as the world's leading mobile chipset manufacturer.

What do you guys think? Are you ready for the beast?



1. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

To the haters who talks as if they actually tested it, wait for the tests.

5. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Overheating will not be an issue for qualcomm... but for us, it will be an issue... like sd810 has no overheating issue for them but for rest of all, it overheat

12. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Yes I know. But I'm not saying that it will not overheat, I'm just saying that let's wait for the tests before concluding.

14. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

just like how intel said 100°C is fine for their i7 desktop line, and at 120°C it will be throttled.. while for most user 40-60°C is normal heat and more that that is overheat :-/

17. vincelongman

Posts: 5762; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Where have Intel said that? AFAIK Intel say that 100°C is their TJ MAX, which is where it starts throttle to prevent damage

26. Nopers unregistered

Because you're not holding a desktop processor in your hand.... desktop processors also have a heat sink and better heat spreaders, you don't really get those in a mobile processor.

28. plck74

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

true what you say...aint don't like overheating when playing game...

2. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Too bad it didn't come out in time for the Nexus devices. Shame indeed.

6. Shubham412302

Posts: 593; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Microsoft even used liquid cooling

10. TyrionLannister unregistered

So is Sony doing since a year or more. Liquid cooling only cools the processor and helps with throttling. The heat still stays inside the phone. That means the phone will still heat up. It's basic physics, you can't just make heat disappear.

13. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

I'm feeling Qualcomm used that radiation pipe to help with the heat.

15. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yeah, liquid colling is useless without fan or they can try to connect heat pipe to phone's metal backcover

19. vincelongman

Posts: 5762; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

BTW, Sony/MS aren't actually using Liquid cooling They are using heat pipes/vapor chambers, which work using evaporative cooling

20. TyrionLannister unregistered

The point still stands.

21. brunelian92

Posts: 79; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

Evaporation is a temperature constant process. So while the cooling fluid, which ever it is they use, evaporates. Heat will be extracted with not change in temperature (of the fluid, this does not necessarily mean the processor).

22. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

Liquid cooling helps to spread heat in phone faster which results in a lower, more uniform temperature profile for the phone. And you can make heat disappear FYI. (not really disappering though, technically speaking you can convert heat to work, etc.)

18. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

Microsoft uses heat pipes and calls it liquid cooling. Even then it only works on PC's as the pipes are stationary bc you PC just sits there. This allows the heat to move up to the cooler end and release the liquid back down to the hot end and repeat. A phone is constantly moving around so this does not allow there to be a hot and cold end. Just one warm piece of metal. It is a gimic.

3. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Throttling is the key....LOL

4. Cheezwiz

Posts: 500; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

And yet the Nexus 6P doesn't really have any thermal problems. *shrug* I wonder how the Lumia 950 XL will fare. The same?

7. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

What time will it be unveiled tho?

8. reaper61616

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

'Qualcomm says overheating will not be an issue', it will be standard ;)

9. Zylam

Posts: 1823; Member since: Oct 20, 2010


27. enzo357

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

lol you're funny as your avatar

11. Carl3000

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 11, 2014

As someone mentioned, the Nexus 6P doesn't suffer from overheating whatsoever. Its the first device to my knowledge to not have this issue when using the 810. I wonder, what did Google do to the chip? Undercooked it from the start?

16. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

I'm sure Mediatek will start the thermal rumor again tomorrow.

23. aimkul

Posts: 33; Member since: Nov 07, 2015

well if qualcomm says its thermal is under contro then it is control.everytime we can't question out qualcomm.everybody need second chance.good luck qualcomm..and if oneplus 3 uses their chipset..it gonna blow the market

24. Makimaki11

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 05, 2015

I dont understand something. It is manufacturers problem if they cannot make better cooling options. It was never confirmed that Lg g flex 2 overheats, meanwhile other companies had problems with heating. So it is not entirely Qualcomms fault but phonemakers as well. There is no report that Sony Xperia z5 overheats and benchmarks are very near Samsungs. So i dont know who is idiot here. Probably people cuz they let themselve get fooled by rumors

25. MichiGo

Posts: 173; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

2016 reaper confirmed

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