SNAP­DRAGON 820: WHAT’S NEW IN QUAL­COMM’S FLAG­SHIP SOC?

Re­turn of the SoC king.

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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.

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