Although smartphones with Snapdragon 810 remain a viable choice this year, Qualcomm is already preparing a new chip that high-end consumers can be excited about—the Snapdragon 820.
So far, the technical details about the Snapdragon 820 are incomplete; Qualcomm plans to reveal the specs bit by bit throughout 2015. What we do know is that this upcoming chipset abandons the Cortex cores in favor of custom 64-bit Kyro cores. Adreno 530 GPU handles the graphics department and delivers a 40-percent boost in performance versus the Adreno 430, while reducing power consumption by as much as 40 percent.
The Snapdragon 820 also uses a new image signal processor called the Qualcomm Spectra that can accommodate small camera pixels more efficiently. It can deliver high quality photos by means of its hybrid autofocus framework. It can support three cameras up to 25 megapixels of resolution and 30 frames per second with zero shutter lag.
Suffice to say, the improvements here are worthwhile. They’re not just minor upgrades (i.e., the Snapdragon 212, 412 and 616) to refresh Qualcomm’s current processor lineup.
Mobile devices powered by the Snapdragon 820 are expected to become available in the first half of 2016.