Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 with Kyro CPU and Adreno 530 Unwrapped

November 16, 2015, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

It had been coming to us in forms of bits and pieces. But now it’s finally here, and official. Yes, the Snapdragon 820 SoC by Qualcomm has arrived.

As expected, Qualcomm has made heavy investments into its next-gen processor, mainly towards improving the overall performance and power efficiency.

The new unified inner architecture is said to offer a performance boost of 40%, combined with an efficiency of same range. In effect, this could bring down the power consumption by 30%.


Moving on to the hardware, the Snapdragon 820 features the Kyro quad-core 64bit CPU, which is built around Samsung’s second-generation 14nm technology used for Exynos. It will be presumably clocked at 2.2GHz.

That doesn’t sound much different from that of the previous 810 SoC. However, the shift in its processor block could play a role in improving the performance.

The new GPU being roped is the Adreno 530, which obviously features reduced power consumption and increased performance. The GPU is capable of running 4K UHD videos, and will support cameras of up to 28MP.

There are also other elements included, such as 64-bit virtual addressing, hardware tessellation, programmable blending, and more.

Speaking of the connectivity, Snapdragon 820 packs an integrated X12 LTE modem, which is claimed to offer 600Mbps download speed in theory. That’s 33% faster than that of in the previous Snapdragon. It will also have its upload speed clocked at around 150Mbps.

Overall, Qualcomm does appear to have matched up the expectation that was buried upon them. But yet, it is too early to judge the effective performance. The first wave of smartphones powered by Snapdragon 820 will be arriving only by 2016 March at the earliest.

Until then, we won’t be able to have any deep assessment of its heat dissipation features, an accusation that has choked Snapdragon 810.

It will also have to address the market issue, where it fell behind its previous figures, especially with the big players like Samsung resorting to in-house chipsets.

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