Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 expected next year
Call us surprised. Just a few days after introducing its latest halo technology, Qualcomm might be experiencing some whiplash after making clear the company’s attitude toward a high-end quad-core chipset. Threads and streams were more important than a processor core, but it’s the latter that makes all the difference in the mid- and low-end markets.
So if Qualcomm is pushing on with octa-core Snapdragon 600-series SoCs — not because it wants to, but because it “has to” — why are sources claiming that there’s an octa-core Snapdragon 820 on the way?
Like the four-core version, the newer one is based on a 14nm FinFET architecture from Samsung. It’s expected to splash onto the scene within the first half of 2016.
Perhaps the competitive fire is not just in the budget sector as we continue to hear of MediaTek’s plans for a deca-core Helio X30 chipset. Spreadtrum Communications of China is also playing up its octa-core processors for next year.