SNAPDRAGON 820: WHAT’S NEW IN QUALCOMM’S FLAGSHIP SOC?
Return of the SoC king.
by Qualcomm has a lot riding on its new flagship Snapdragon 820 SoC. After a troubled run with the Snapdragon 810 that saw it grapple with overheating and thermal throttling, the company trotted out the Snapdragon 820, which it said had been designed from the ground up to improve performance, power efficiency, and the overall user experience.
Many manufacturers clearly agreed. At MWC 2016, Qualcomm had a sweep of all the major smartphone launches, turning up in flagships from brands like Samsung, LG, and Xiaomi. As testament to the amount of effort it put into the chip, Qualcomm even announced individual components separately so it could properly highlight their capabilities.
If you're holding out for a flagship device upgrade later this year, here's a look at the different components of Snapdragon 820's heterogeneous computing architecture, which comprises different functional cores working together for better performance.