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Snapdragon 820 unveiled with Quick Charge 3.0, 3D fingerprint technology and more

by Jacob Kleinman | November 10, 2015November 10, 2015 8:45 am PDT

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Qualcomm finally revealed its Snapdragon 820 processor on Tuesday. The chip, which is expected to power most of next year’s flagship smartphones, promises faster speeds and a more power-efficient design, along with some great new features.

The Snapdragon 820 clocks in at 2.2GHz and packs Qualcomm’s new Kyro CPU, which the company says will offer twice as much power and efficiency as last year’s Snapdragon 810 thanks to the new 14nm FinFET process. It also includes a new Spectra image signal processor, which lets you capture photos with up to 28-megapixels, and a Hexagon 680 digital signal processor for better battery life and performance. Other specs include an Adreno 530 GPU, an X12LTE modem and advanced tri-band Wi-Fi.

Qualcomm’s new processor also introduces Quick Charge 3.0, which the company says is 38 percent more efficient than Quick Charge 2.0 and four times faster than regular charging. Finally, it includes support for Snapdragon Sense ID, a new security feature that takes an ultrasonic reading of your fingerprint to unlock the device.

We probably won’t see the first Snapdragon 820-powered devices until early 2016, though recent rumors suggest at least one company could be racing to release the first phone by the end of the year. Either way, we can’t wait to try Qualcomm’s new chip out for ourselves.


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...