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

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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60 Comments

1. NotAGeek

Posts: 279; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Samsung as the manufacturer?alright no worries for overheating anymore

2. AnTuTu

Posts: 1595; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Finally they realized who is best in the business. Kudos to Sammy and SD for this.

25. Simona unregistered

DON'T go ahead with events when you don't know what surprise awaits !

45. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

That profile pic...wow!

31. nuldolor5x.com unregistered

To be tested by Sony, HTC and Xiaomi, sounds like an effort to compensate them for the poor sales due the burning SOC 810.

42. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Everything is fair in Love, War and Business.....

6. waddup121 unregistered

BASED SAMSUNG TO THE RESCUE! No more wildfires and daily CNN reports on the S810 outrage anymore! wew!

17. limporgyuk

Posts: 353; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

Yuk, you Samsung fanboys make me sick. You're grown men for goodness sake, you sound like One Direction fans

21. AnTuTu

Posts: 1595; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

It's not Samsung fanboys who make u sick. Seems to me you are already sick for some other reasons.

22. limporgyuk

Posts: 353; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

You have just prooved my point with your comment. Were you sad when Zayn left?

26. Simona unregistered

I can't believe they are in TOP chart youtube subscribers on 6th place https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_the_most_subscribed_users_on_YouTube

27. Pinocchio

Posts: 141; Member since: Apr 14, 2015

Why are you so butthurt by such a comment? Don't have any better comments, just don't comment at all then problem solved Sony fanboys!

30. Shocky unregistered

I haven't seen any comments that warrant that response, you need to get a grip. This makes perfect sense for qualcomm, also happens to be great news for Samsung as well. But best of all it's great news for us because the next snapdragon SoC will probably not overheat!.

43. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Exactly limporgyuk lol

44. limporgyuk

Posts: 353; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

Thanks mate, these babies won't let anyone criticise their beloved Samsung without crying 'butthurt'. It's embarrassing

51. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Samsung will only build the chip following the plan developped by... Qualcomm. They do have good soc building maufacture but thats its. IF anyone else had 14 nanometer or 10 nanometer out Qualcomm would have chosen them first.

56. CultDude

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 24, 2015

Designing a low-distance node fab process is far more difficult than designing a SoC and custom cores. The 14nm FinFET process allows Qualcomm to make design rules that are not possible in 20nm planar fabs. Don't try to downplay Samsung's role in the 820's development.

68. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Well Samsung only manufacture the CPU bit designing it or anything and it's not doing it for free so if the result was good it's Samsung's power and if it's bad it's qcom false i think the opposite.

9. TyrionLannister unregistered

TSMC had no share in the Sd810 heating. It was the chip design that was faulty. They clocked the chip a bit too high and used a custom CCI which further favored performance. As a result, the chip stays at higher clock than it should be and hence it throttles. TSMC 20 nm process was also used for Apple's A8 and A8x chips and it didn't have any problem.

19. Nathillien unregistered

Yeah, but A8 didn't perform much better than A7. Pointing at TSMC.

20. TyrionLannister unregistered

The A8 did perform exactly as expected. It was supposed to be a 20-25% performance bump as it was a minor improvement.

28. Simona unregistered

Apple chips are useless bcos they don't have such stress as on android .. where FULL OS running and iOS is just shell no processes at all ..

35. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

I don't fully agree with that, TSMC only develop a LPE version in 20nm because their decission of not using FinFET. Therefore the SoCs that were planned for high frequencies like SD810 suffered the consecuencies of that decission (not having a high performance variant), as LPE doesn't play nice with high frequencies. So yes, it's partially the fault of TSMC.

36. TyrionLannister unregistered

Qualcomm decided to go with them. if TSMC can't provide them with LPP manufacturing, why go with them. And where is Qualcomm's QC ensuring that the clock is not too high.

47. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

A SoC design takes 3 to 5 years, so when the decission is taken normally they have to guess part of the future, in this case probably that either 16nm FinFet or at least som kind of High Performance would be ready for SD 810. TSMC promised those kind of technologies and didn't deliver either, so I see as partially guilty of the failure.

52. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

ITs called a mistake :) They made one mistake in past 5 year where samsung failed several time with Exynos. Now they learned from it and wont use TSMC until they upgrade the manufacturing process.

67. rnagic

Posts: 215; Member since: Jul 13, 2014

One mistake? Overheating has been an issue since the beginning of the 800 series. I still don't understand why any phone needs to be clocked over 2 ghz.

70. Simona unregistered

bcos small kiddos play stupid gamez. it is just for them..

18. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

As a matter of fact, all CPU heat up with intense usage! SD810 would perform real well with a heatsink ;-)

24. Simona unregistered

Selling with fans ?

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