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Qualcomm's had a bit of a rough year, mostly due to the overheating rumors plaguing its flagship Snapdragon 810 chip. So it's no surprise that the company is racing to release a new processor, and according to one new report the Snapdragon 820 may be a top competitor.

Chinese leaker Mobile-Dad claims the upcoming processor will clock in at 3.0 GHz. By comparison, the Snapdragon 810 came in at just 2.0GHz, while Samsung's in-house Exynos 7420 hit 2.1GHz.

Qualcomm is also expected to fix its overheating issue with a little help from Samsung. Earlier reports suggest the South Korean company is set to manufacture the Snapdragon 820, using the latest 14nm process. Mobile-Dad adds that the chip will feature custom Kyro cores, which should help alleviate overheating, too.

Normally we wouldn't expect a new flagship chip from Qualcomm until early next year but, considering the issues it faced with the Snapdragon 810, it makes sense we'll see a new model earlier. Mobile-Dad suggests the processor could launch in October. It's apparently set to power Xiaomi's upcoming Mi5 along with new devices from HTC and Sony, meaning we may get a crop of super phones right at the end of 2015.