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Qualcomm shares Snapdragon 820 features, offers ETA on first 820-based devices

By Stephen Schenck August 12, 2015, 11:27 am

Qualcomm’s next-gen Snapdragon 820 SoC has been official for a long time now, but so far the company’s been light on details about the chip, only providing some brief “preview” data. Ever since, we’ve been looking to get the full picture on this component, and rumors had suggested that answers might come this week. Well, the rumored August 11 date passed by without any new 820 info, but it turns out that was only off by a day, and today Qualcomm offers new insight into its SoC as it talks about its latest image signal processor and Adreno 5-series GPUs.

We’re actually learning about more than just the 820 today, as the new Adreno GPUs will also show up in Snapdragon 620 and 618 chips. The 820 gets the Adreno 530, and Qualcomm says that should offer the chip graphics performance that’s 40 percent better than the Adreno 430 brings the Snapdragon 810 – while also cutting power consumption by the same factor. The GPU will support OpenGL ES 3.1+AEP, Renderscript, OpenCL 2.0, and Vulkan APIs. Where HDMI 2.0 hardware support is present, it will even be able to drive 4K video at 60fps on external monitors. We don’t get a lot of detail on the Adreno 510 that will presumably show up in those 6-series chips just yet, but we’re presumably looking at similar performance/power-consumption improvements.


The Qualcomm Spectra ISP in the Snapdragon 820 is a 14-bit component supporting up to three cameras. It provides advanced auto-focus algorithms, can handle 25MP capture at 30fps, and boasts high power efficiency.

Finally, Qualcomm gives us a ballpark figure for when we can hope to start seeing the availability of the very first phones and tablets running the Snapdragon 820: sometime in the first half of 2016.

Source: Qualcomm
Via: phoneArena


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