Snapdragon 820 chipset now official

Snapdragon 820 chipset now official
At long last, Qualcomm has officially unveiled the Snapdragon 820 chipset. The 64-bit quad-core CPU uses Qualcomm's own Kryo cores (running as fast as 2.2GHz), which provides twice the performance of the CPU on the Snapdragon 810 chipset. The Adreno 530 GPU promises to deliver "photorealistic" graphics, while performing 40% faster than the Adreno 430 GPU. The chip supports a 28MP camera with 4K Ultra HD capture and playback.

The Snapdragon 820 chipset comes with Quick Charge 3.0. This allows you to charge up your device four times as fast as conventional charging, and is 38% faster than Quick Charge 2.0. By supporting Wi-Fi 802.11ad and 802.11ac 2x2 MU-MIMO, you can achieve faster Wi-Fi connectivity, and the Snapdragon 820 is the first SoC to support LTE-U. This is an unlicensed part of the radio spectrum that is beginning to be used for mobile communications using Wi-Fi.

Speaking of LTE, the new X12 LTE modem in the Snapdragon 820 is enabled for Cat.12 LTE download speed, up to 600Mb/sec. It also handles Cat.13 upload speeds as fast as 150Mbps. That is a 33% improvement from the download speed, and a 300% improvement on the upload speed, found on the Snapdragon 810 with the X10 LTE modem. The chip supports LTE Advanced 3x20MHz Carrier Aggregation on the downlink, 2x20 MHz in the uplink.
Now that the Snapdragon 820 chipset is official, we should see it start to appear inside new handsets released next year.

source: Qualcomm



52. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

wanna see a head to head with the exynos 8890.

48. hanabi

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 08, 2015

Life of sony htc moto depend on this haha

43. iHateFans

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

terrible writing, you can get better about this to their main website

39. shimanto1123

Posts: 105; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

Bringing back the powerful Quad Core is always a better idea that using weak Octa cores. Good Job Qualcomm!

46. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

And powerful octacores are better than powerful quadcores.

29. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

Where is their Ultrasonic fingerprint reading technology???

33. vuyonc

Posts: 1094; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

That's at the OEM's discretion. The SD820 is Sense ID compatible as expected anyway.

23. f_u_006

Posts: 127; Member since: Mar 19, 2014

Let me Snapchat this to my dragons....

20. thartist

Posts: 45; Member since: Jul 14, 2014

Not revealing the final clock speed? = heating issues, will define clock later.

21. bambamboogy02

Posts: 842; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Qualcomm today unveiled the Snapdragon 820 processor, a top-of-the-line chip bound for flagship handsets and tablets. The 820 features a Qualcomm-designed, 64-bit quad-core Kryo processor. In past chips, Qualcomm used ARM designs; the Kryo is its own and supports clock speeds up to 2.2 GHz. Qualcomm says the Kryo CPU delivers twice the power and efficiency of the Snapdragon 810 thanks to its 14nm process. The 820 is paired with a number of companion elements that boost its overall capabilities, including the Hexagon 680 digital signal processor, Spectra image signal processor, Adreno 530 GPU, X12 LTE modem with support for LTE-U, and advanced tri-band WiFi. The 820 adds QuickCharge 3.0, which Qualcomm says is four times faster than conventional charging and 38% more efficient than QuickCharge 2.0. Qualcomm expects to see the Snapdragon 820 in handsets next year. From phonescoop

47. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

1,6 - 1,7 GHz Kryo LP 2,2 GHz Kryo HP.

19. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Quad-Core huh....i think the cores was the reason for the overheat on SD810.

18. Comicgeek300

Posts: 21; Member since: Sep 22, 2015

Would twice as fast as the SD 810 be enough to go head to head with Apple's A10 chip come 2016? Because I guess not...

25. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Nope. The S820 is basically equal to the A9 in performance.

36. dazed1

Posts: 815; Member since: Jul 28, 2015


44. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

It depends how accurate Qualcomm's claims are and how well Kyro scale with multiple cores. The 820 probably won't reach complete 100% improvement over the 810, but let's be optimistic and say it'll be about 85-90%. Using the Xperia Z5 Compact as a reference; 810 Geekbench single core: ~1,350 A9 Geekbench single core: ~2,550 Assuming the 820 meets expectations, it'll be about 90% better than the 810 in normal situations (being optimistic). 820 estimated single core performance: 1,350 * 1.9 = 2,565 That's identical to the A9. But the 820 has 4 cores instead of 2. And while Apple does have excellent multi-core scaling, it won't make up for twice the amount of cores, so expect the 820 to have ~70% better performance than the A9 in multi-threaded situations, maybe more if Qualcomm improves their scaling. Unless Apple announces double single core performance with the A10 or adds more cores, the 820 will be fairly comparable to the A10.

35. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

See how it compares to the A9 first, then talk A10.

37. combatmedic870

Posts: 987; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Well this isn't a A10 competitor. It's an A9 competitor. It's announced far closer to the A9 vs A10. The 7420 is already a little too close for comfort compared to the A9. So I forsee the M1 beating the A9 and the SD820 to be close to or on par with the M1. The A10 will of coarse beat the 820 and M1 it'll be atleast 6 months ahead of it. It's to be expected...

49. Cazrack

Posts: 11; Member since: Apr 22, 2015

I dont agree with that, iphone 6s will still be the top of the line iphone when phones with this S820 starts to sell, just like Exynos 7420 still is the top of the line Android SOC in phones selling today when iphone 6s can be bought. They are on the same timeline. Everyone doesnt release a new phone with a new soc at the same time.

17. Cheezwiz

Posts: 500; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

at what point (if not already) are we essentially going to see smartphones overtaking gaming consoles in their processing power? It already seems to me that a SoC like the SD820 is really breathing down the neck of current gen consoles.

13. tyger11

Posts: 299; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

I hope LG comes out with a 5" version of the V10 with this SoC. (and wireless charging) And Project Ara should be looking at this, too.

8. azalucel

Posts: 141; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

I wish they would have implemented: USB 3.1/thunderbolt 3.0 Vulkan support And Fips 140 crypto chip

10. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

It will support Vulkan, even Adreno 400-series support it.

12. azalucel

Posts: 141; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

Ah I didn't notice the + next to open gl es 3.1, either way they should add in thunderbolt 3.0 its way faster then USB 3.1 and it uses the same port as USB type-c

16. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Agreed. They should at least went with USB 3.1 over USB 3.0.

24. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Isn't Thunderbolt a Intel technology hence limited to Intel chipsets? I would like to see them FINALLY use better DAC for audio processing, SD have terrible audio output, many flagships have shown this, every Xperia, Galaxy's with SD and many others. I love Exynos for having excellent Wolfson DAC. Apple also equips their phones with Cirrus DAC, don't know if it's integrated with CPU but I think so

42. azalucel

Posts: 141; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

I have a note 3 with snapdragon 800 and the stock audio does suck but if you flash​saudio-e-xloud-installer-t3029951 it makes it way better, even if it is an Intel technology some manufacturers have thunderbolt for their laptop by paying Intel so I'm pretty certain they could do something similar on mobile especially considering its the same exact port as USB type c but it has more pins on it

7. vuyonc

Posts: 1094; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

"MOAR BATTERI LYFFFFFFFSSSS" is all I'm hearing :P please be more efficient than the SD801!

5. combatmedic870

Posts: 987; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

It looks like qualcomm has supported h265 video coding for some time(800/801). Why in the hell aren't we using it!?!? It would really cut down on the space video takes up! If they would have been using it since the 800, we would have support for it in alot more video editors by now! Atleast give us an option to use the H265 coding in these new phones!

15. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Encoding is only supported by SD810, decoding by 805 I think. But ye, totally should use it, especially now with 4K becoming mainstream.

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