Snapdragon 821 to fill gap until next big chip


After months of speculation, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 is finally official. Qualcomm announced the chip this morning and the 821 comes on the heels of the successful Snapdragon 820. However, rather than replace the 820, the new chip will serve as filler until the next-generation chip arrives in the future.

The Snapdragon 821 isn’t a slouch though, and boasts better performance than its predecessor. It still sports a quad-core chip design, but adds about a 10 percent boost in performance. Like it’s predecessor, the 821 houses two high-performance Kryo CPU cores. The cores run at a higher clock speed as needed while two additional Kryo cores run at a slower speed to help with battery performance.

The Snapdragon 820’s faster cores ran at 2.2GHz while the lower-end cores came in at 1.6GHz. The Snapdragon 821 comes in at a clock speed of 2.4GHz on the higher end, and 2GHz on the lower end. The GPU gets a boost as well. In the 820, the GPU comes in at 624MHz, while the 821’s GPU now clocks at 650MHz.

We could see the new Snapdragon 821 in a number of mobile devices when it’s late 2016 release date drops. Three of the biggest devices to possibly sport the new SoC are the Galaxy Note 7 and the two HTC-built Nexus smartphones. The Snapdragon 820 is featured heavily in current Android flagship devices including the HTC 10, Galaxy S 7, OnePlus 3, and LG G5. Another area the 821 is rumored to be in is the upcoming virtual reality movement (VR) as the chip is said to power upcoming VR headsets.

With the Snapdragon 821 set to power the new generation of mobile devices, the question is when will Qualcomm drop the next-generation processors set to power future devices? Are you looking forward to the performance boost the newest Qualcomm SoC boasts? Let us know in the comment section below or on any of our social media accounts.

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