Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 will support blazing fast LTE and Wi-Fi data transfer speeds

Although the Snapdragon 820 is not out just yet, Qualcomm regularly updates us with certain aspects and specs of its upcoming top-of-the-line chipset. The chipset maker just announced that the Snapdragon 820 will be boasting a X12 LTE modem, which paves the way for some rather impressive data transfer speeds.

In the download part, the Snapdragon 820 supports Cat. 12 data speeds of up to 600Mbps. On the upload front, we have a maximum data transfer speed of 150Mbps. From the looks of it, the Snapdragon 820 will be the first chipset in the world to arrive with such download and upload transfer speeds. In addition, Qualcomm made it clear that the chipset will also be the first to support up to 4x4 MIMO (multiple input and multiple output) connections on a single LTE carrier. All in all, it looks like the Snapdragon 820 won't be too shabby on the connectivity part.

Another feature that we find particularly interesting is the SD820's Advanced Closed Loop Antenna Tuning feature, which has never before debuted on another chipset. The gist of it is that it aims to greatly reduce dropped calls and improve signal throughput on devices with "challenging metallic industrial designs".

Qualcomm seems to be pretty proud that the Snapdragon 820 comes with LTE-U. This abbreviation stands for "LTE Unlicensed" and is a technology that allows carriers to install compact cell towers in crowded areas with high demand for LTE. The Snapdragon's X12 modem will be able to simultaneously connect to the local LTE-U cell and the carrier's regular spectrum one operating in the area, providing more stable, faster LTE connections. 

Wi-Fi connectivity is another area in which the Snapdragon 820 sails comfortably. It supports multi-gigabit 802.11ad connectivity with a peak rate of 4.6Gbps, as well as 2x2 MU-MIMO 802.11ac one that has a peak rate of up to 867Mbps. It is said that these will bring "two-to-three" times faster download speeds on congested public networks. 

The Snapdragon 820 is expected to arrive later this year. Here's everything else you need to know about that chipset. 

source: Qualcomm 



1. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Me likey

2. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Still using 3g because the contract prices are outrageous here in the Netherlands.

7. ruwie

Posts: 103; Member since: Sep 25, 2014

Me too still using 3g because here in the Philipines the 5gb per month costs $22

8. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

faster GSM speed = faster monthly quota dried up but 5GB for $22 is cheap tough, here 1GB cost roughly $10

12. ruwie

Posts: 103; Member since: Sep 25, 2014

so horrible price. What is your country?

32. Plutonium239

Posts: 1239; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

I pay $100 for 15GB of data that rolls over on AT&T. That is not including the line access fee of each of my devices.

33. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

$70 for unlimited talk text 4g data on tmobile

35. Plutonium239

Posts: 1239; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

The little more extra I pay for better coverage and more consistent speeds is worth it.

9. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Outrageous? I'm paying €37 ($41) per month for unlimited calling, texting and 6GB of data. How is that outrageous?

15. savagx

Posts: 33; Member since: Sep 15, 2015

Im living in Poland and paying 8$ per month for unlimited texting, unlimited calling and 5GB of LTE data.

16. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Wow that is extremely low.

24. b0wzer

Posts: 103; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

I pay $75 USD for unlimited calling and unlimited data within Canada (15GB soft cap).

3. itsdeepak4u2000

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4. Cela911

Posts: 18; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Qualcomm's return

5. Michael.Parker

Posts: 273; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Not gonna make any difference to me because my broadband is only 6mbps and my 4G is 25mbps

6. T-rex unregistered

Same here, i m still using 3G and i have no problem with that, so it's the GPU i m more interested in

11. aesthetics

Posts: 128; Member since: Oct 02, 2014

The Adreno 530 will perform similar to A9 gpu

19. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

You know that none are out yet your only making a fool out of yourself.

21. Michael.Parker

Posts: 273; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

How exactly is saying my internet won't come anywhere near those speeds making a fool out of me? Are you just complaining for the sake of trolling or do you actually have a point?

22. b0wzer

Posts: 103; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

His comment makes more sense when you take into account that he is not actually replying to your comment, but aesthetics.

29. aesthetics

Posts: 128; Member since: Oct 02, 2014

Then mark my words. They will perform very similar

34. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Don't think so since the one in iPhone 6 perform really weaker than adreno 430 in 810 you can check off screen results of some phones.

10. Interceptor

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 08, 2015

I'm also using 3G, still... But not because of the prices, data providers in my country (Croatia) don't charge any extras for 4G, but simply because of the better battery life and less heat...

13. NonFanBoy

Posts: 180; Member since: May 28, 2015

I don't think anyone cares if its Cat 6 or Cat 10 or Cat 12 or whatever. No one is going to download huge 30GB games on their phones over the 4G connection. What everyone cares about is an efficient processor and GPU setup that gives the best performance using minimum power with minimum heat possible. If any chip maker can achieve that, it will have a winning formula in its hands. Currently, only Apple's A series come close and we all know where Apple is in the market currently.

23. b0wzer

Posts: 103; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

I care about faster speeds. I don't download 30GB games I do download large HD movies and TV shows. Faster internet browsing is also something I want. Sure an efficient CPU/GPU using minimum power and heat sounds great, but it isn't everything.

27. NonFanBoy

Posts: 180; Member since: May 28, 2015

Ohh, so you think jumping from 150 Mbps to a higher speeds will make much of a difference in downloading movies? It barely takes seconds to download a movie anyway. It would make a difference if you are downloading large 50 GB files, but then best of luck with your phone bills.

28. b0wzer

Posts: 103; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Minutes not seconds actually. Just because it's already fast doesn't mean technology should stop advancing. You're probably one of those guys that doesn't want phones to go above 1080p too aren't you?

14. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Not official? I thought something was official when it was presented by its maker.

17. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

don`t really care about the speed since I only have 100Mbit/s limit but what I do care about is the power draw from the modem it self for longer battery life wile surfing the web.

18. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

How are they first in various categories when this CPU hasn't even released

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