As mobile processors become increasingly powerful the advances in each subsequent release become progressively smaller. However, taking advantage of the latest hardware in a mobile device is still important, especially when using resource intensive applications.
Mobile chip maker Qualcomm unveiled today the company’s newest mobile processor, the Snapdragon 820. While the processor is only slightly faster than its predecessor, the Snapdragon 810, but its move to 14nm FitFET production means it will be much more efficient. The Kryo cores inside the S820 are also custom-designed, harkening back to the Krait days of the Snapdragon 600, 800 and 805.
The Snapdragon 820 supports up to 600 Mbps downloads and uploads of up to 150 Mbps on LTE. 802.11ad/802.11ac WiFi signal support has also been added to the new chip set.
Qualcomm’s new processor includes support for LTE-U, allowing smartphones to take advantage of unlicensed spectrum that helps solve connection probles in congested or slow network areas. The Snapdragon 820 is the first mobile processor to support LTE-U.
The new chip also features an Adreno 530 GPU, bringing a 40 percent improvement in graphics performance over the last generation Adreno 430. There’s also a new 14-bit Spectra image signal processor, for much faster autofocus and better low-light shots.
Finally, the processor supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0, which reportedly improves quick charging time significantly.
Since the chip was just announced, we won’t see it appearing in phones until early next year.