Report: Qualcomm to release octa-core version of Snapdragon 820 during the first half of next year

Report: Qualcomm to release octa-core version of Snapdragon 820 during the first half of next year
Ever since the Snapdragon 810 chipset was released by Qualcomm, the chip was dogged by reports that it overheats. Looking to distance the Snapdragon 820 from its predecessor, Qualcomm stuffed the recently introduced chip with four home made "Kryo" cores. While Qualcomm was shrinking the number of cores on the Snapdragon 820, MediaTek was introducing its Helio X20 chipset, which features a deca-core (10 cores) design.

With a public that believes that a higher number of cores means a more powerful chip, Qualcomm might decide to give in to public perceptions. According to sources cited by Digitimes, the company will rollout an octa-core version of the Snapdragon 820 chipset in the first half of next year. The Snapdragon 820 with the quad-core Kryo CPU is more powerful than the Snapdragon 810, and is 30% more power-efficient.

But apparently, smartphone manufacturers like Samsung, Huawei, ZTE, Sony and LG are committed to using octa-core processors in their 2016 Android phones. In a highly competitive smartphone industry, it is easier for the public to make snap buying decisions based on a simple numbers game. Eight is greater than four is the math they apply, and the majority of the public wouldn't know AnTuTu from Aunt Suzy, or Geekbench from park bench.

We do recommend taking this report with a grain of salt. And we can add that the specs for an octa-core version of the Snapdragon 820 SoC were not mentioned in the report. Since the quad-core version of the chip employs the big.LITTLE architecture (two high-powered cores handle the powerful tasks and the remaining two do the light chores), we would assume that an octa-core version would also use the same big.LITTLE design.

source: Digitimes



1. amanjain1

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29. vincelongman

Posts: 5750; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yea, Qualcomm has been very hypocritical about octa cores But I won't be too surprised if this happens Microarchitecture take ages to design, we won't see a successor to Kyro until at least 2017 at the earliest The 820 is already 14nm LPP, no better process until 10nm which wont be until at least very late 2016/2017 at the earliest So Qualcomm's best option to improve CPU performance/efficiency is probably to add some more Kryo cores and/or some A35s

37. jove39

Posts: 2148; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

This is just in response to market demand.

32. cheetah2k

Posts: 2297; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Let the BBQ begin!

2. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

didnt they just say ' double the count of cores is useless '

3. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

That is what they still say. They just go along with the 8-10 cores because consumers are brainless sheep that buy anything with a higher number. I already see every salesman saying "yea it has 8 cores so its way better". That's how marketing works. You don't go for the best and most powerfull hardware, you have to make things that sell. Look at Apple and their moneygame.

4. Darkerm

Posts: 322; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

hate to admit it but Apple dual core is seriously awesome

9. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Yeah, awesome at running only a single app at a time. But on multi-threaded tasks, it lags far behind the competition. Single core is irrelevant on Android. Even the old Galaxy S2 will barely run with a single core, even without heavy usage.

22. Shocky unregistered

What? it's not far behind at all 4400 vs 5000 in multicore .

30. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

In real life usage its lag far behind.. And next gen octocore will go way faster. the quad core version of the 820 is a beast with double the core its would even destroy the new exynos as well.

39. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

Doesn't seem to because Exynos is on par with SD820 in single core perf at least in Geekbench.

40. Shocky unregistered

Real life usage? provide proof or this is just more of your BS. When will you learn? if you're going to make these claims back them up or don't bother wasting our time.

12. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Sorry but there is nothing awesome about them, it gets good scores in single core as it 2 cores and that the score you get if its just 2 big cores, if they put then A9 on android than the 7420 in test will easy out do it I. All things but gpu as iOS is setup for single core and android is setup best to work on more cores Please note the speed you noted on how fast the new iPhone is, is linked to them removing Emmc HD from the iPhone and doing a Samsung move to HD that can r and w at the same time and that runs 3 X faster tha what they used in the iPhone 6 I.e. It's not linked to the A9

14. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

25. iushnt

Posts: 3152; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

This video made me want to buy a Note 5

31. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

Imagine 7420 on a FHD screen. I'm so tempted to get a Meizu Pro 5.

6. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

It's idiotic to think that more cores equals more power because low-end and high-end Android phones use the same amount of cores.

19. Kary1

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

Not necessarily--there is no standard number of cores. But in any case, number of cores isn't the only factor determinative of overall speed.

35. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Customers? Samsung, HTC, LG,... are their customers. Are they brainless?

5. letosaw

Posts: 135; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

I seriously doubt that they will release octa-core variant of the snapdragon 820 because all this time they've been claiming 8 core chips were useless and just pure marketing gimmick. Maybe snapdragon 818 ( if it exists ) will be octa-core :/

7. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Their current chips employ 6 to 8 cores.

10. letosaw

Posts: 135; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

They had to release 808/810 because they didn't have their custom core ready for mass production in early 2015

17. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Iverson... Have you seen the rookie Kristaps Porzingis? The Latvian Mamba? (Yes it's totally off topic.)

20. letosaw

Posts: 135; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

He hasn't just have the height and length to be a dangerous shot-blocker ( 7foot-3inch) but also he's showed his potential to become a truly great player. And let's not forget that he is just 20 years old.

8. plasteek

Posts: 265; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

820+820=Snapdragon 1640 ez maths...

11. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

I know park bench better than geek bench

13. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Well this will improve multi-core even further

15. prashant1707

Posts: 83; Member since: Nov 13, 2015

yes there is every bit of possibility in it but it will be alloted different SD number i.e either greater than SD820 or less than it probably fitting between SD810-SD820.

16. combatmedic870

Posts: 986; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Well S7 will be quad core 820 note 6 Octocore 820. Or the S7 will get the Octocore and everything else will get the quad core

18. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

*trying to match Exynos and Huawei*

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