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Snapdragon 820 specs detailed in new leaked slides

by Jacob Kleinman | August 5, 2015August 5, 2015 8:00 am PST

Rumor has it Qualcomm could unveil its Snapdragon 820 chip next week. Now we may be getting early details on the processor thanks to some leaked slides.

Obtained by Chinese analyst Pan Jiutang, the slides detail how Qualcomm beefed up the Snapdragon 820. The new chip apparently features a new Hydra CPU that’s 35 percent faster than the Snapdragon 810, and an Adreno 530 GPU with 40 percent better graphics performance. It also uses a 14nm FF manufacturing process instead of the old 20nm method, and an integrated Cat 10 LTE modem.

The Snapdragon 820 will also feature something called a “dedicated low-power sensor for emerging always-on use-cases.” It also promises improved security. Finally, Pan claims that Xiaomi will be the first company to release a phone with the new chip onboard.

We’re expecting the Snapdragon 820 to clock in at 3.0GHz, compared to the current 2.0GHz Snapdragon 810. It should be faster than anything currently on the market, though we’re sure Samsung is already cooking up a new Exynos processor in response. The new Qualcomm chip should also correct the overheating issues the company faced earlier this year with its Snapdragon 810 chip.

It’s starting to look more likely that the Snapdragon 820 really will launch next week, though when it actually shows up in the first smartphones remains to be seen.

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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...