Pan Jiutang, Chinese analyst, spilt the beans on the supposed specs of Snapdragon 820. Announced on Weibo, some of the specs include 14nm construction, a new Adreno 530 GPU and support for 28 megapixel cameras. He seems to have gotten a few handfuls of information on it, as there is a rather bountiful load of information.
Named the MSM8996, the chip is expected to come in with 4 64-bit cores. Interestingly enough, these are said to be Hydra chips, which Qualcomm has been developing, instead of the old Kryo that Qualcomm also made. The Adreno 530 is said to deliver up to 40% better performance and, coupled with the 30% better battery efficiency, should also provide a better user experience.
Dual-channel, LPDDR4 memory that supports up to 1866MHz and the ability to record 4K video at 60fps should help manufacturers out in the spec wars. There will also be a dedicated, low-power sensor that will enable the phone to determine idle use and save battery.
Lastly, the chipset is expected to see commercial release by the end of 2015, and to be seen on phones in early 2016, suggesting the inevitable announcement will be in the near future. It seems a bit late considering the specs are similar to Samsung’s Exynos 7420, and we can only pray that Qualcomm learnt their lesson with the 810.
Let’s just hope it doesn’t overheat this time.
As these specs aren’t confirmed, take them with a pinch of salt.