Report: Qualcomm to release octa-core version of Snapdragon 820 during the first half of next year
posted by Alan F. / Nov 17, 2015, 10:31 AM
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.
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posted on Nov 17, 2015, 10:37 AM 7
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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
posted on Nov 17, 2015, 3:39 PM 4
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didnt they just say ' double the count of cores is useless '
posted on Nov 17, 2015, 10:38 AM 11
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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.
posted on Nov 17, 2015, 10:43 AM 11
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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.
posted on Nov 17, 2015, 11:09 AM 17
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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
posted on Nov 17, 2015, 11:26 AM 4
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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 :/
posted on Nov 17, 2015, 11:01 AM 1
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Their current chips employ 6 to 8 cores.
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posted on Nov 17, 2015, 12:33 PM 0
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