After running into overheating and throttling issues with the Snapdragon 810, Qualcomm is preparing to release a successor to its troubled flagship system on a chip, the Snapdragon 820 – and we’re finally starting to learn more about its technical specifications.
The chipset was originally announced at this year’s Mobile World Congress, but until now not much has been known about how Qualcomm intended to upgrade the SoC beyond its 64-bit CPU architecture and FinFET design, as well as rumoured focus on multimedia capabilities.
We also know that the Snapdragon 820 is set to feature an Adreno 530 GPU that’s 40 percent faster and uses 40 percent less power than the GPU included in the Snapdragon 810.
The Snapdragon 820’s recently released technical specifications are as follows:
- LTE Advanced speeds
- Cat 12 (up to 600 Mbps) in the downlink
- Cat 13 (up to 150 Mbps) in the uplink
- Up to 4×4 MIMO on one downlink LTE carrier
- Breakthrough connectivity support in unlicensed spectrum:
- 2×2 MU-MIMO (802.11ac)
- Multi-gigabit 802.11ad
- LTE-U and LTE+Wi-Fi Link Aggregation (LWA)
- Comprehensive service across connection types
- Next Gen HD Voice and Video calling over LTE and Wi-Fi
- Call Continuity across Wi-Fi, LTE, 3G, and 2G
- RF front end innovations
- Advanced Closed Loop Antenna Tuner
- Qualcomm RF360™ front end solution with CA
- Wi-Fi/LTE antenna sharing
The big take away from the Snapdragon 820’s new specs is how extremely fast the processor’s LTE Category 12 capabilities really are – a blistering 600 megabits per second.
Source: Android Police