Qualcomm initially proffered only sparse details about its new Snapdragon 821 chipset when it was announced in early July, but the company has revealed information at annual consumer tech trade show IFA that paints a more detailed picture of the SoC and its capabilities.
The headline earlier this summer was that the Snapdragon 821 was a moderate step forward, meant more as an interim advancement that would suffice until a next-generation chip is ready. Qualcomm stated it would deliver a decent 10 percent performance increase and could reach speeds up to 2.4GHz — up from 2.1GHz in the 820.
We now know additionally that the chipset includes support for Snapdragon VR SDK, meaning that any phones that carry the processor will support Google’s virtual reality project, Daydream. First up on that list is the Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe. This makes perfect sense, considering that Asus is one of Google’s hardware partners for Daydream.
Additionally, Qualcomm is promising 10 percent faster app loading and boot speeds with the new SoC, and a five percent bump in both energy efficiency and graphics processing speed (653 MHz from 624 MHz).
Altogether, the news reveals an impressively substantive iteration on the already massively popular 800 line that runs on the majority of 2016 high-end flagship phones.