Snapdragon 820 SoC Is Being Tested, Inching Towards Release

By 11:31 Sun, 25 Jul 2021 Comments

We've all heard the stories and the explanations, promises and let downs surrounding the Snapdragon 810. The whole overheating saga has entirely engulfed the existence of the beastly SoC and has rendered it a major market failure. The drama still rages on, especially since a few unlucky upcoming devices, like the OnePlus 2 are still set to incorporate the troublesome chip, but elegant Qualcomm seems to be cutting its losses and moving forward.

The next major step, of course, is the Snapdragon 820, which initially got announced at MWC 2015. It promises cutting edge performance and far better handling of overheating and throttling, a lesson which the manufacturer had to learn the hard way. Since then, news has mostly died out and the chip sunk into the realm of rumors. There were even talks of a sibling, dubbed the Snapdragon 815, but that was quickly denied.

The Snapdragon 820, however, is still on its way and a recent report shows that it might be closer to consumer markets than ever. According to industry sources, an initial batch of chips has already been sent to a customer for testing. If everything pans out, we might start seeing the chipset in various devices shortly after.

Actually, both the LG G4 Pro and Xiaomi Mi 5 are rumored to adopt the Snapdragon 820 and more are sure to come. This is a welcome sign that manufacturer support is still there for Qualcomm, but also means that a lot is riding on the recent chip.

With the 820 model, the company goes back to its recent ways and the chipset features recent custom 64-bit Central Processing Units (CPU) cores, dubbed Kryo. This custom hold on the ARMv8 core is also accompanied by recent manufacturing technologies, namely Samsung's state of the art 14 nm FinFET and TSMC’s recent 16 nm one. This should allow the cores to reach clocks of up to 3.0 GHz, although production units will be set to a less-aggressive and quite cooler speed.




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