Snapdragon 810 troubled us quite a bit with the overheating issues that it presented – something that Qualcomm does not agree on, despite all the users that report overheating issues. Flagships such as the Sony Xperia Z4 (Z3+) and the HTC One M9 decided to go with is, while others such as the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the LG G4 kept their distance. So with all the fuss that went on with the previous processor, it is only expected that now the spotlight is focusing on the Snapdragon 820.
The new chipset is following the same 14 nm architecture that is used for the Exynos 7420 (used by Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge).
The first benchmark tests were good and even though the Snapdragon 820 didn’t manage to surpass Exynos’s score on the multi-core test, it is still pretty close. In fact, with the multi-core test, the Snapdragon 820’s score of 4970 topped the 4424 scored by its predecessor, but failed to top the 5284 tallied by the Exynos 7420.
It is said that Sony, Xiaomi and HTC will the first companies to use the new processor which will circulate this fall.
As for the technical features, here’s what we know. Although the Snapdragon 820 was expected to be announced with an octa-core CPU, it appears that this may not really be the case. A leaked sheet comparing the chipset to MediaTek’s deca-core Helio X20 architecture describes the SD 820 as having a “dual cluster” quad-core CPU with two cores operating at 1.7GHz and two running at 2.2GHz. Obviously, that’s nowhere near the 3GHz we’re promised, but the fact that Kryo cores support this max frequency doesn’t mean Qualcomm will outright push the CPU to them.
Despite the score though, the first rumours have leaked on Twitter by leaker Ricciolo who stated that when it comes to overheating, the Snapdragon 810 and its descendant are not so different and we should wait the Snapdragon 830 to partially solve the problem. However the Snapdragon 830 is not expected yet until the third quarter of 2016.
According to analysts, Qualcomm will start sending the 820 on December and the first device that will circulate wearing this processor is the Xiaomi Mi 5 Plus.
For the time being, no rumour has been confirmed by any official sources so we all ought to keep our distance before we take place and form an opinion.
Besides, given that the first device to come with the Snapdragon will be by Xiaomi, we’re not sure yet whether an opinion can be fully shaped since Xiaomi does not have – yet – big enough crowds like other major manufacturers such as Apple, Samsung and LG. Thus, the first impressions may be just a coincidence so we should not rush to any conclusions under any circumstances.
The time will come on way or another, when we will find out whether the rumours are true or not. Until then, stay tuned to read all the latest news on this and many other hot topics!