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Qualcomm officially unveils the Snapdragon 820

Wondering what's new in Qualcomm's recently-announced Snapdragon 820? We've got all the details!
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November 10, 2015

Despite what many folks would say, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 – the processor that’s powering most high-end smartphones in today’s market – is a perfectly capable CPU that does wonders in terms of performance. Now the company’s latest flagship chipset has just been revealed, boasting X12 LTE support, an upgraded Adreno 530 GPU and much, much more.

For starters, the new Snapdragon 820 processor supports LTE Cat. 12 download speeds of up to 600 Mbps as well as LTE Cat. 13 uplink speeds of up to 150 Mbps. It also comes with support for X12 LTE, which is said to provide 33% faster peak download speeds and triple the peak upload speeds of the company’s 810 processor with X10 LTE.

It's the first commercial mobile processor to take advantage of LTE-U
The 820 also supports both 802.11ad and 802.11ac 2×2 MU-MIMO, which will allow Wi-Fi connectivity to be up to 2-3x faster than the standard 802.11ac without MU-MIMO. This is also the first commercial mobile processor to take advantage of LTE-U, allowing it to access LTE connections in both licensed and unlicensed spectrum. This will help boost your phone’s connection speeds and mobile broadband access in areas that are normally congested.

Take a look at the table below to see just how the new 820 compares to Qualcomm’s other flagships, the 810 and the 808:

Snapdragon 808Snapdragon 810Snapdragon 820
CPU
Snapdragon 808
Up to 2 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex A57, quad-core Cortex A53 CPU
64-bit
Snapdragon 810
Up to 2 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex A57, quad-core A53 CPU
64-bit
Snapdragon 820
Up to 2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Kryo CPU
64-bit
GPU
Snapdragon 808
Adreno 418
Snapdragon 810
Adreno 430
Snapdragon 820
Adreno 530
Modem
Snapdragon 808
X10 LTE
- LTE Advanced 3x20MHz Carrier Aggregation in the downlink
- Cat 9 speeds up to 450 Mbps down/50 Mbps up
- Global Mode
RF360 support
Snapdragon 810
X10 LTE
- LTE Advanced 3x20MHz Carrier Aggregation in the downlink
- Cat 9 speeds up to 450 Mbps down/50 Mbps up
- Global Mode
RF360 support
Snapdragon 820
X12 LTE
- LTE Advanced 3x20MHz Carrier Aggregation in the downlink, 2x20 MHZ in the uplink
- Cat 12/13 speeds up to 600 Mbps down/150 Mbps up
- Global Mode
RF360 support
Video/audio
Snapdragon 808
1080p and 4K Ultra HD capture, playback, and display
4K playback with H.264 (AVC) and H.265 (HEVC)
4K capture with H.264 (AVC)
Snapdragon 810
1080p and 4K Ultra HD capture, playback, and display
4K capture and playback with H.264 (AVC) and H.265 (HEVC)
Snapdragon 820
1080p and 4K Ultra HD capture, playback, and display
4K capture and playback with H.264 (AVC) and H.265 (HEVC)
Camera
Snapdragon 808
Up to 21MP
Snapdragon 810
Up to 55MP
Snapdragon 820
Up to 28MP
2x Spectra Camera ISP
Display
Snapdragon 808
2K native and 4K external displays
Ultra HD on-device display concurrent with Ultra HD output to HDTV
Snapdragon 810
4K native and 4K external displays
Ultra HD on-device display concurrent with Ultra HD output to HDTV
Snapdragon 820
4K native and 4K external displays
Ultra HD on-device display concurrent with Ultra HD output to HDTV
Qualcomm Kryo and heterogeneous computing explained
Features

Additionally, the Snapdragon 820 features the Qualcomm Adreno 530 GPU that should be able to deliver up to 40% improved graphics performance compared to the Adreno 430 GPU, as well as the custom-designed 64-bit quad-core Kryo CPU which uses Qualcomm’s Symphony System Manager to help with power management across the entire processor.

Also, as previously announced, this chipset comes with support for Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0, which is approximately 4x faster than conventional charging methods, and 38% more efficient than Quick Charge 2.0.

There are many new features that come with this chipset that we didn’t list here, so be sure to head to the source link below for all of the specifications. Even though the company has made the 820 official, we’re still a little ways out from seeing the processor make its way into new smartphones.