The Snapdragon 820 is far from a secret, but today marked the official "launch" of the upcoming chipset from Qualcomm in New York. The 820 is a huge bet for Qualcomm on the future of its high-end SoC business, marrying the latest technologies across the board for what it hopes will be the ultimate mobile processor.
The 820's full specification sheet, such as it is, is below.
The 820 will be manufactured on a 14nm FinFet process, sporting four brand-new Kryo CPU cores designed by Qualcomm. This marks a departure from the ARM reference cores Qualcomm has used exclusively on its 2015 lineup and which have arguably been a source of woe for the company this year. These new Kryo cores boast a 2x efficiency and performance improvement compared to the eight-core setup on the outgoing Snapdragon 810. An all-new Adreno 530 GPU boosts performance by 40% over the Adreno 430, and Qualcomm's Specra ISP (image signal processor) promises high-megapixel camera support and a bevy of new processing features.
Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, Wi-Fi ad (aka WiGig), the new X12 LTE modem, and more efficient Hexagon 680 DSP round out the major hardware additions to the chip versus the old 810.
You can read through Qualcomm's marketing mumbo-jumbo here (in which they claim that front-facing speakers are now good enough to replace your headphones, which, OK, no) and check out the official product page here.
Late last week, Qualcomm's stock took a big tumble, bringing the price of shares to an over 4-year low. Today's announcement seems to have done little to reignite investor confidence.