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Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 is finally official, though it could be a while before we see the first smartphones make use of the newly-announced chip. The company broke the news at Mobile World Congress on Monday, promising the first Snapdragon 820-powered devices in early 2016.

The upcoming processor will make use of a brand new 64-bit CPU core called Kryo. The chip will also take advantage of "a leading edge FinFET process." Hopefully this means Qualcomm can avoid the same overheating issues that allegedly plagued its Snapdragon 810.

The Snapdragon 820 also represents the company's push into cognitive computing. Qualcomm's new platform, called Zeroth, hopes to elevate your device with human-style problem solving. For example, the new chip might make it possible to recognize different facial expressions using the phone's camera. It could also improve security by taking other contextual data into consideration, again by using the sensors in your device.

There's still a lot we don't know about the Snapdragon 820, and what we do know is pretty vague. Hopefully we'll learn more about Qualcomm's latest chip before too long, though we probably won't actually see it in action until roughly a year from now.