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Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 rumored to come with 3.0GHz Kyro CPU, Samsung tipped as the manufacturer

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Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 rumored to come with 3.0GHz Kyro CPU, Samsung tipped as the manufacturer
A new report from China claims that Qualcomm has finalized the spec sheet for its upcoming Snapdragon 820 chipset, and that the chip maker is now sending Snapdragon 820 samples to smartphone manufacturers.

Back at MWC 2015 in March, Qualcomm teased its upcoming high-end chip, the Snapdragon 820, revealing that the upcoming SoC will integrate custom-designed 64-bit CPU cores called Kyro. If this new report is to be believed, the Snapdragon 820's Kyro CPU cores will be clocked at up to 3.0GHz, and the new chip will be manufactured using Samsung's 14nm node manufacturing technology. 

This is not the first time we're hearing rumors of Qualcomm jumping the TSMC ship and partnering with Samsung to manufacture its upcoming chip, but the suggested CPU core frequency is new information. However, one very important details that is currently missing from the equation is the number of CPU cores that the Snapdragon 810 will make use of.

The report suggests that companies such as Sony, HTC, and Xiaomi will be the first smartphone manufacturers to test out the new chips. According to 'reliable sources' quoted by the Chinese report, Xiaomi has plans to include the Snapdragon 820 in its upcoming Mi 5 flagship, a smartphone that is said to be launched this October if the new chip behaves well in tests.

The real question now is whether the Snapdragon 820 will be able to solve the overheating issues that have plagued the Snapdragon 810, a chip manufactured by TSMC on 20nm. Given that the Snapdragon 820 is said to be manufactured using Samsung's 14nm node process, which is the same technology that Samsung used to manufacture the Exynos 7420 chip that powers the Galaxy S6 series, a noticeable improvement in thermal performance is to be expected. 

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