In recent years, Qualcomm has come to dominate a vast chunk of the mobile market. The company offers chips for all classes of mobile devices, including its high-end Snapdragon 808 and 810, which have been built into many of the latest flagships.
To replace the 810, which was mired in controversy with rampant rumours of excessive overheating, the company has announced the Snapdragon 820. The 64-bit chip features improvements across the board, and represents Qualcomm's commitment to 'immersive technologies' in the wake of virtual and augmented reality devices.
The company's new architecture, incorporating a custom Kryo CPU and Hexagon 680 DSP, is based on a 14nm FinFET process and promises double the performance of the last generation, while also optimising power consumption for greater battery life. On the graphics front, the Snapdragon 820 comes with an Adreno 530 GPU. All of these, combined with a new 14-bit 'Spectra' camera ISP, will provide vastly better experiences in gaming, imaging capabilities and everyday use.
Details of general availability have not yet been made public, but phones featuring the new SoC are expected sometime in the next year.
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