Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 will battle malware with cognitive computing, courtesy of Smart Protect

Qualcomm is certainly working hard on its Snapdragon 820 chipset, a chip that will have to wash away all the bad surrounding the Snapdragon 810. We already seem to know a lot about the SD820: Kryo architecture, allowing for a maximum clock of up to 3GHz per core, 14nm manufacturing process, an Adreno 530 GPU, and integrated LTE Cat 10 modem, or so rumors say

Yet, there is a host of features and functionalities that we still don't beans about. Qualcomm is fortunately willing to share a lot about its upcoming chipset (all about the official specs, though). The manufacturer recently announced that the Snapdragon 820 will be endowed with the Smart Protect technology, a security-centric entry in the upcoming chip's feature bag that aims to protect your phone from viruses, malware, and potentially-unwanted apps.

While the concept behind Smart Protect is nothing new, the highlight of Qualcomm's new security feature is the way it's executed. Unlike similar solutions, which rely on databases to identify malware and wrongdoing apps, Smart Protect will employ machine learning to take care of the task. 

Here's how it's done: at the first level, all known malware is being blocked; at the second level, the security feature will keep tabs on apps' activities and scan for abnormal behavior, like silently sending an SMS message. In the end, only apps that exhibit normal behavior will get "okayed". The big deal about Smart Protect is that it works even when the device is offline.

Well, with such a security feature on board, we can't wait for the Snapdragon 820 to come around, guns blazing. We expect it later this year.

source: Qualcomm via Engadget



1. WeezyF

Posts: 155; Member since: Jul 09, 2015

I have high hopes for the snapdragon 820. The fact that its gonna be quad core and hopefully do away with the thermal issues is just awesome.

2. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

I hope so. If they f**k up again it might spell doom for them.

8. vincelongman

Posts: 5653; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

IMO the fact that the 620 will have 4x A72s + 4x A53s is encouraging It shows Qualcomm believes their 4x custom cores can bring better performance and efficiency than 4x A72s + 4x A53s Hopefully Qualcomm deliver on their promises next year Also hopefully we see some more OEMs using other SoCs so Qualcomm dont get complacent/lazy again Especially if there some SoCs from Samsung and Huawei with new custom cores

12. WeezyF

Posts: 155; Member since: Jul 09, 2015

I'm not much into the technical aspect of the chips but u explained it really well. But what I don't understand is that the 820 is quad core right?

19. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Never mind Qualcomm will cripple SD 620 with a lower GPU, lower modem, DDR3 RAM. As they did with SD 808.

24. HR_19

Posts: 103; Member since: Aug 09, 2014

I actually almost want Qualcomm to flop again with another processor, so Intel can have a better chance to get in the game. I've always had SD phones on the past and loved them, but now I have the Asus Zenfone 2 with an Intel processor and it's awesome.

21. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Arm processors would be better if they used a bigger die area like Apple & lower clock speed. Arm at 3ghz is so inefficient

3. NonFanBoy

Posts: 180; Member since: May 28, 2015

I think the iPhone sales will be much lower next year. With this year's upgrade mainly dealing with improvements under the hood (something which most iPhone users don't care about) and the new Snapdragon 820 devices that are expected to be much better in terms of battery life, thermal management and general performance. Many users moved to iPhone because of these problems in many android flagships this year. Most people are not going to upgrade to the 6S and if they want a change they will have an option for more alternatives that are free from last year's problems once Snapdragon 820 is released.

5. WeezyF

Posts: 155; Member since: Jul 09, 2015

Personally I'm a hardcore android user with no hard feelings against apple but who knows how much the 6s and 6s plus would sell. Let's just wait and see the outcome but u doubt if it can sell as much as the OG 6 and 6 plus.

22. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Actually if you look at the specs for the 820 they aren't that much better than what's under the hood of my S6 that came out several months ago

4. manojmcn

Posts: 633; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Whatever technology Qualcomm brings, won't be enough to prevent PhoneArena site from popping up malware app ads to playstore in Adroid phones.

7. WeezyF

Posts: 155; Member since: Jul 09, 2015

Hahaha man!

10. vincelongman

Posts: 5653; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

What ads? (I have uBlock installed)

6. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Where is bobbybuster?

13. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

He made an attempt to suicide from Niagra Falls..

9. manojmcn

Posts: 633; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Big challenge ahead for Qualcomm. If the rumours about Mongose CPU core from Samsung is true the Snapdragon is set for humiliation again next year. Kryo may be no match for Mongose. Samsung dumped Qualcomm again for the Note 5/S6 edge+ flagships and it will again deplete the Qualcomm balancesheet for the second half this year.

11. WeezyF

Posts: 155; Member since: Jul 09, 2015

Mind u Samsung are testing 820 for the s7 and if all things go well the relationship might be rekindled.

14. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Samsung never had a bad relationship with Qualcomm. They skipped SD810 mainly because of the heating issues..

18. manojmcn

Posts: 633; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

True. It's just their quality standards. JK Shin has told if Qualcmm delivers what they expect, then they have no problem using those.

15. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

To all those Samsung haters, I just wanna remind you that the 820 manufacturing process relies on SAMSUNG 14nm tech. If you are the men, just don't buy whatever the 820-based devices.

16. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

I wonder if any company will trust the SD 820 after the 810 turned out so badly. One might even say that some companies are in bad positions because their flagship devices did not sell due to the heat problems.

20. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

This might have a negative impact on rooting...

23. Plutonium239

Posts: 1178; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Well, this would help address the security issues with android, but I doubt it would be foolproof.

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