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Snapdragon 820 Revealed in Qualcomm’s Leaked Roadmap

by Jacob Kleinman | January 20, 2015January 20, 2015 10:00 am PDT


We’re still waiting to see the first batch of Snapdragon 810 devices hit the market, such as the G Flex 2 introduced during CES 2015, but a new leak offers a look at Qualcomm’s plans for future chips coming later this year. The company’s outed roadmap for 2015 reveals what’s coming next, including a powerful new Snapdragon 820 chip.

It looks like the Snapdragon 820 will be another 64-bit octa-core chip, though Qualcomm apparently plans to upgrade the graphics to an Adreno 530 over the current Adreno 430. The new processor should also support LPDDR4 RAM for more bandwidth and more speed. Finally, the Snapdragon 820 will be manufactured by Samsung, using the company’s newest 14nm process.

We’re guessing the Snapdragon 820 won’t arrive until late 2015, potentially powering flagship phones like the Galaxy Note 5. It’s also possible the chip won’t actually hit the market until early 2016, even if it’s announced by the end of the year. Before then, Qualcomm will apparently unveil the Snapdragon 815, which also offers eight-cores and LPDDR4 RAM support but packs a less powerful graphics chip. There’s also a handful of budget chips, including the Snapdragon 616, 620, 625 and 629, which could power upcoming mid-range phones.

The real question is what kind of features these new Snapdragon chips will unlock. Recent Qualcomm innovations have paved the way for impressive power saving modes, advanced cameras and quicker charging. We can’t wait to see what the company comes up with next.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...