Qualcomm has officially announced their latest chipset which will be found inside the latter half of 2016’s flagships such as the next Nexus devices and possible the upcoming Galaxy Note 7. The processor, called the Snapdragon 821, builds on top of the excellent success of the previous 820 in many ways to provide the best speeds possible for your device.
Building on the technology leadership introduced with the Snapdragon 820 platform, the 821 is engineered to deliver faster speed, improved power savings, and greater application performance, ensuring 821 powered devices keep pace with the growing performance demands of users to deliver the unmatched user experiences the Snapdragon 800 tier is known for.
In fact, Qualcomm has stated that the new 821 can provide a 10% performance increase over the 820 by using the Qualcomm Kryo quad-core CPU. This means that the new chip is capable of delivering speeds up to 2.4GHz, 0.3GHz faster than the 820 which clocks in at 2.1GHz.
But when you consider the praise the 820 has received over time and how many reports claim it’s the best mobile processor ever built, you begin to wonder why make something a bit better just to crush it into the dust and never hear from it again. And Qualcomm recognizes this, so that’s why they’ve stated that the 820 isn’t going anywhere and that the 821 is a simple complement to their 800 series of Snapdragon processors.
Why would you introduce something to replace what many consider the best mobile processor available today? Simple, we’re not. Rather than replace the Snapdragon 820, the 821 is designed to complement and extend the competitive strengths of our Snapdragon 800 lineup.
Other than the increased clock speeds and performance enhancements, there’s not much else different between the 820 and 821. 600mbps X12 LTE, Ultra HD voice technology, and Upload+ for faster speeds are all present in this new chip alongside everything else Qualcomm packed into the 820 with the exception of a faster clock rate and improved core functionality. Even battery life is supposed to remain the same as the 820. So if you think about it, the Snapdragon 821 is really a Snapdragon 820 “S” (for “speed”). If you agree, let me know in the comments.
Qualcomm says that they’re really excited to see how the 821 will perform out the wild. They believe that it’ll set a new bar for mobile devices including “mobile VR head mounted displays and other new devices.”
We’re excited to tell you more about just how the Snapdragon 821 will help set a new bar for smartphones, tablets, mobile VR head mounted displays and other new devices.
Expect upcoming smartphones to adopt the Snapdragon 821 as it’s processor soon. In the mean time, stay tuned to MBEDDED for more on the latest chipset from Qualcomm.
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