The first smartphones to pack a Snapdragon 820 chip probably won’t launch until late 2015 or early 2016, but Qualcomm could unveil the new processor as soon as next week. A new report out of China claims the company is holding an event on August 11 in Los Angeles where we’ll get an official look at the new Snapdragon CPU.
Qualcomm previously confirmed plans for a Snapdragon 820 without offering many details. We know the chip will feature a specialized 64-bit core called Kyro. According to this new report, it could also sport an Adreno 530 GPU and an LTE Cat.10 modem.
The Snapdragon 820 is expected to blow the competition away when it comes to speed. According to one rumor, it could clock in at 3.0GHz, compared to the 2.0GHz Snapdragon 810 and the 2.1GHz Exynos 7420 from Samsung. A recent benchmark also suggests the new processor will be significantly faster than anything currently on the market.
Of course, the big question is how Qualcomm can fix the overheating issues that plagued the Snapdragon 810. It sounds like the company is taking multiple precautions to avoid another issue, so hopefully this chip will run without any problems.
If Qualcomm does announce the Snapdragon 820 next week, we should see it show up in new smartphones before the end of the year. Then again, this is the first time we’re hearing of an event that’s allegedly just days away. So for now we’ll try not to get too excited about the possibility of an early launch for the speedy new processor.