Qualcomm hints at upcoming Tango phones with Snapdragon 820, other 800 ‘tier’ SoCs
In case you’re still scratching your heads in confusion as to Google and Lenovo’s decision to fit an arguably middling processor under the hood of the world’s road-opening consumer phone based on Project Tango, Qualcomm just came forward with an enlightening confession.
It turns out the Phab 2 Pro packs a Snapdragon 652 not only to keep the retail pricing bar comparatively low to mainstream Android flagships from Samsung, HTC or LG. It’s also about certain “Tango-specific software optimizations”, which the San Diego-headquartered semiconductor giant first executed on the 652… for some reason.
But fret not, as support for Tango technology is today officially expanded to the Snapdragon 820 SoC, with plans in place for full compatibility on unnamed “future Snapdragon 600 and 800 tier” chips. Will that include the 821, 825 and 830? Almost definitely, as long as augmented reality, indoor navigation, 3D mapping and all the other neat tricks up Google’s sleeve catch on.
It remains to be seen what companies will look to capitalize on the Snapdragon 600 and 800 series products’ “architectural advantages needed to deliver Tango experiences in highly mobile form factors” going forward. Lenovo yet again? Samsung? LG? Maybe Google, on its very own first-party smartphone? Let’s stay (cautiously) excited and wait for further announcements.