First Snapdragon 823 smartphone could be right around the corner

First Snapdragon 823 smartphone could be right around the corner
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 is currently the cream of the smartphone-processor crop, powering phones like the Samsung Galaxy S7, HTC 10, and LG G5. But while it's the chip driving some of the most in-demand handsets this season, it's not going to be on top forever, and we're already looking forward to what's coming up next: chips like the Snapdragon 825, 828, and 830. Before those get here, though, we're expecting to see devices built around the Snapdragon 823, a chip very similar to the 820 but running just a bit faster. Today we're picking up on a rumor that claims the very first phone featuring the Snapdragon 823 could be just about to launch, and may make its debut before the month is out.

Supposedly, LeEco has an 823-based phone lined up to launch at MWC Shanghai in three weeks. We haven't heard any other details about this handset, only that it would run this top-of-the-line processor.

LeEco's a brand that's been becoming of greater interest to smartphone users in the West recently, as we've seen the company set up a new office in Silicon Valley.

While this LeEco phone could be a contender for first-announced Snapdragon 823 phone, other companies are on our radar with possible 823-powered models of their own, and we recently heard that a variant of the just-launched Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe could also be in the works with a Snapdragon 823 under its hood.

We're not expecting the Snapdragon 823 to blow the 820 out of the water (so don't worry that your shiny new flagship is suddenly about to become outdated), but even as an incremental upgrade over its predecessor, we're very curious to give its capabilities a try for ourselves. With a little luck, we could have that chance within the next few months.

source: GizmoChina via Pocketnow



1. Garyhoo

Posts: 7; Member since: Apr 20, 2016

The new Nexus?

2. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

I can't imagine anyone needing a better, faster processor than SD820. What can SD823 add that non-gamers need?


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Nothing, that's what. When I get my SD 820 phone (ZTE Axon 7), I'm underclocking both the CPU and GPU as even then they can run QHD without hiccups. Unless it's on a new fab, the 823 will just eat through battery life faster.

9. cyborg009

Posts: 119; Member since: Sep 17, 2011

How are you underclocking.. any tool or link?

14. crzykiller

Posts: 86; Member since: Jan 03, 2015

you have to root and install a custom Kernel that supports CPU core controls. also you have to make sure you install the right stuff for your phone or you will bootloop

15. Senthilg

Posts: 49; Member since: Apr 07, 2016

I believe you cannot root ZTE Axon 7 similar to Axon Pro. Is that right?


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Once we get the Axon 7, we'll find out! But I love the fact that we'll be able to choose to run the phone in either stock android or with MiFavor UI

21. vincelongman

Posts: 5691; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

It could be from Samsung's 14LPP process maturing, allowing Qualcomm to reduce voltages and increase clocks without increasing power consumption But it is a big increase in clocks and 14LPP should have been pretty mature since its Samsung's second 14nm process Hopefully its also because its using improved Kryo cores, not just overclocked Like the improvement from 600->800 or 801->805

4. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Personally power efficiency would be the only reason for me for now.

5. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's better to have the power and not need it than to need it and not have it. Plus, it'll likely have a lower power draw, which is always good.

10. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

If you're not a gamer you're not going to use all that power.

24. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

But your goind to use thats extra battery thats its will bring. Most probably its will use same power as the 820 when both run at 100% so in the end its give better battery life.

8. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

I don't need a faster processor but one in which is very power efficient. Most importantly I want one that doesn't get warm unless you are gaming for an hour. My S7 Edge gets warm with the Camera app open for 10 seconds. Any type of picture taking or video gets it nice and toast. I want these types of task to be a cake walk for a processor.

19. combatmedic870

Posts: 984; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

So telling lies my S7 doesn't get hot at all with the camera app open. It does recording 4k.

22. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

Do you want a video? I have a laser thermometer

25. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Not a single phone made all of metal or glass and metal dont get warmer when gaming and using camera. Not a single one EVER.

27. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

My Note 5 or HTC One didn't get warm unless used extensively. Just having the camera app open on my Edge makes it noticeably warm. Lol what's great about having a metal and glass phone is that I can just blow on hotspot and it cools down instantly. Can't do that with a cheap play school plastic phone.

33. GoTstan

Posts: 386; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

You're right, metal&glass phones blow

32. iushnt

Posts: 3103; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

2 GS7 edge from my family don't get warm so easily. my brother's first impression of the phone, "it doesn't get warm at all like my previous s series." May be you got some faulty device?


Posts: 930; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Same can be said with 801 on my S5 still runs fine.

13. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

I wouldnt say it needs more speed..rather needs to be more energy efficient case-and-point the difference in battery life between the Exynos and Snapdragon Galaxy S7


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Exactly why I'm underclocking. To gain efficiency. Why must the designers keep chasing power? why not chase efficiency at this point?

16. danieldourado_2

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 07, 2015

Yeah, my grandfather keeps saying that since he bought a Galaxy S3

31. Steven58

Posts: 80; Member since: Nov 25, 2009

Years ago, I remember a geeky Radio Shack know-it-all store manager asking me why anyone would want/need 1 gb ram in their phone. :p Just sayin'.

34. fiji.siv

Posts: 95; Member since: Nov 25, 2015

Hilariously shortsighted comment.

6. T-Dizzle

Posts: 155; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

LeEco is going to be a major force in all things tech and media. Their expansion into media and devices is impressive. The LeSee car is a good example of their desire to innovate.

20. Furbal unregistered

I am praying they get to the states. Their phones look damn good - just need US LTE. I want to get the 1s for my parents but they need more bands.

23. T-Dizzle

Posts: 155; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

They are coming for sure, it's just a matter of when. They've announced their phones in their U.S. forums. The SD820 versions should be T-Mobile and AT&T compatible at the very least.

28. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

And LeBruce battle cries is annoying as Hell

7. TheHeartBreakKid

Posts: 102; Member since: Jul 07, 2015

The 820 powered Le Max pro is still No where to be seen on international market. They were the 1st to launch and little too late to sell. lol.

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