Qualcomm will reportedly unveil the Snapdragon 820 technical specifications on Aug 11

Qualcomm will reportedly unveil the Snapdragon 820 technical specifications on Aug 11
According to a new report from China, Qualcomm will announce more details on the upcoming Snapdragon 820 SoC on August 11 at a special press conference in Las Vegas.

It's no news by now that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 was plagued by poor thermal performance. Its overheating woes have affected numerous smartphones, with many potential customers avoiding handsets such as the HTC One M9 or the Sony Xperia Z3+ specifically because of reports of overheating or severe throttling. In fact, Qualcomm itself has been affected by the poor financial performance of the Snapdragon 810, and has recently announced that it is forced to let go of 15% of its employees. In this context, it's fairly obvious that Qualcomm has a lot riding on its upcoming high-end chipset, the Snapdragon 820.

Back in March at MWC 2015, Qualcomm officially announced the Snapdragon 820, but the information that the company announced at the time was limited to naming a custom 64-bit CPU core called Kyro and the fact that the chip will be manufactured using the non-planar FinFET architecture.

While Qualcomm has yet to officially publish the technical specifications of the Snapdragon 820, rumors and leaks suggest that the chip will come with a dual-cluster quad-core CPU, with two cores running at 1.7GHz and two cores clocked a bit higher, at 2.2GHz. Other rumored specs include an Adreno 530 GPU clocked at 650MHz, support for LPDDR4 RAM, and integrated LTE Cat. 10 connectivity. Head over to our rumor roundup for a complete analysis of everything we know about the Snapdragon 820. If this recent report from China turns out to be accurate, then it won't be long before Qualcomm officially unveils the complete specification set for the Snapdragon 820.

The real question is whether Qualcomm has managed to overcome the overheating problems that it encountered with the Snapdragon 810. Like many of our readers, we're eager to test out the Snapdragon 820 for ourselves, but it looks like it might be a while before that can happen. While some sources have suggested that major smartphone manufacturers have already begun sampling the chip, the general consensus seems to be that the first smartphones powered by the Snapdragon 820 won't reach the market until 2016.

source: Layoaoba via GforGames

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31 Comments

1. NexusX

Posts: 610; Member since: May 16, 2013

it's interesting to see how one bad chip caused snapdragon to lay off 15% of their employees. it appears the chip business is incredibly cutthroat and the margins are very thin

6. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Hope this time they won't disappoint...

22. -SIR-

Posts: 120; Member since: Aug 03, 2015

They have always dissapointed us. What do you expect from Slowdragon. Substandard commercial CPU SOC. Exynos blows the custom made chip, out of water.

27. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

How did you always disappointed from Snapdragon? I would really like to know..

28. sharks

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

The next Nexus will be powered by 820. Incoming Christmas season, as always. 820 has already been reported some time ago on PA as still having heat issues by a source who did internal testing on the new chipset. I'll personally skip this year's Snapdragon chipsets.

7. AmitMajumder

Posts: 178; Member since: May 21, 2012

2 to be precise. 615 & 810

10. cwiley5045

Posts: 23; Member since: May 07, 2010

If your company were to lose a client like Samsung then I'm pretty sure you would have to down size as well. That hurt them bad and looks like Sammy isn't gong to return because there home baked chips is doing just fine.

11. NexusX

Posts: 610; Member since: May 16, 2013

i'm sure samsung accounted for a big chunk of their sales, but weren't they already using their own chips in certain regions of the world? there are also many new android phone makers like oneplus one, and low to mid spec phones that use their older/low end chips for the developing countries. i'm sure there are growth opportunities for them just not in the high-end market. i think they are putting too many eggs in one basket

12. mostafawael.1998

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

Yeah but it didn't pass 30-40% of the devices... Exynos used to suck until the E7420 came up and it improved the fame of Exynis a lot, but still there is room of improvement though IMO

19. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

Every exynos from 3110 (Galaxy S) crushed Qualcomm analog in performance especially GPU. E7420 is made maximum powerfull for its manufacturing process. If you raise the clocks/number of GPU cores you will make a Dragon 810 :D

16. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Qualcomm lost one product, the Galaxy S6, of one manufacturer, Samsung. The same manufacturer has launched other phones using Qualcomm's chips. So, no, this loss, albeit of a high margin product, is just cover for deeper issues.

23. -SIR-

Posts: 120; Member since: Aug 03, 2015

Thier homemade chip was always better then Thiers. Even from Galaxy S1 and S2. Rest of the world got Exynos, poor Americans got the slow dragon. Which everyone complained.

2. NexusX

Posts: 610; Member since: May 16, 2013

if only there are applications that can take advantage of such processing power...

26. Plutonium239

Posts: 1081; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Samsung will still manage to make it lag if they use it, like they make the s6 lag.

29. Bhamilton0347

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 05, 2015

This guy gets it!

3. iphonexus

Posts: 130; Member since: Jan 04, 2015

I am going to buy a phone with 820 inside for my son he might like it .... mostly xperia z5 his xperia z is outdated now

14. j2001m

Posts: 3060; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Please note the z5 is not getting the 820

4. det_bradlee

Posts: 150; Member since: Jun 08, 2015

When you lose an entire year's contracts for the largest phone vendor's flagship phones, heads will roll...

5. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

I think the problem is TSMC 20nm process, neither Nvidia or AMD are using it for their graphic cards. Hopefully the next process node they will use isn't plagued.

13. Techielover

Posts: 105; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

It's not the process that's the problem because apple used that same node for the A8 and that turned out to be the most efficient chip out the year.

21. Tizo101

Posts: 515; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

efficient? even though it's a dual core it's still not efficient. I wonder how you got to your conclusions.

25. Furbal unregistered

the a8 is a huge chip, running at lower clock speeds to keep voltage and heat under control (works well for them though)

18. vincelongman

Posts: 5559; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

There's different types of processes There's low power (Qualcomm's/Apple's/Nvidia's SoCs) and high performance (AMD's CPUs/GPUs and Nvidia's GPUs) TMSC only had 20nm low power ready, they couldn't get 20nm high performance ready in time and decided to skip it (and with Samsung, only Intel had 22nm high performance AFAIK) Nvidia/AMD would of used TSMC's 20nm if they had the chance no doubt In fact, Nvidia/AMD even delayed their cards waiting for TSMC

8. Cslfiero

Posts: 68; Member since: Jun 29, 2015

Since Microsoft is stalwart on SD, would it not be prudent that the W10 flagship be the 1st phone with the new 820 than the last phone to have a heat disaster

9. .KRATOS.

Posts: 434; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

I hope that the 820 will be included in the next nexus or else it would be disappointing to see the 810 or 808 I guess it would affect sale of the devices it's like those chips will be outdated soon

15. j2001m

Posts: 3060; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Hm, no 820 for nexus

30. Bhamilton0347

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 05, 2015

My guess is it will use the 810.

17. jove39

Posts: 2136; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I don't think qualcomm will dare to use with big.litle cpu arch in their flagship soc (again)...820 will have cpu core (krait revision to support ARM v8a) kryo/kyro...with little improvement in IPC otherwise similarly performing.

20. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

Biglittle has several advantages over aSMP. The four Kraits caused microlags while turning on/off.

24. slannmage

Posts: 289; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

Skip the 808 phones people

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