Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 820 processor

Qualcomm has announced its latest mobile processor, the Snapdragon 820. As always, it’s a significant improvement over previous generations of processors, namely the Snapdragon 810. The 810 has been enveloped in controversy, whether legitimate or not, and there’s no doubt Qualcomm wants to get past that.

The Snapdragon 820 features the new Adreno GPU, which according to Qualcomm, features a 40% improvement in performance over the Adreno 430 used in the Snapdragon 810. The CPU itself doubles performance and efficiency over the 810. The X12 LTE chip features 3 times faster peak uploads and 33% faster peak downloads. And the new 14-bit Qualcomm Spectra image signal processor supports up to 28-megapixel captures.

The new processor is quite impressive, though Qualcomm has been putting out good hardware for quite some time now. Hopefully the Snapdragon 820 will have no thermal issues. The company is likely working hard to keep that from happening. The processor should show up in devices sometime next year.

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