Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 With Kyro CPU Promises To Double Performance And Efficiency Of Snapdragon 810

Qualcomm has been hyping the heck out of its Snapdragon 820 System-on-Chip (SoC) and if it lives up the hype, it's going to be one hell of a chip. It will have fast graphics processing, a new Spectra Camera Image Signal Processor (ISP) that can support up to three cameras simultaneously at up to 25MP, machine learning capabilities, and the list goes on. Oh, and it will offer twice the performance of the Snapdragon 810.

That latter bit is the latest claim from Qualcomm. In a new blog post, Qualcomm explains that it's been designing custom mobile processors for over 25 years and gaining valuable heterogeneous computing experience along the way. All that experience culminates in the Snapdragon 820, an efficient chip with optimized cores, each of which target a specific task rather than using the same core for multiple jobs.

That includes Qualcomm's own 64-bit ARM-based Kryo CPUs.

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"Why would we spend the time to engineer a CPU exclusive to the Snapdragon processor? Because customization means being able to meet the needs of consumers without compromising on performance or battery life. Higher performance is often at odds with longer battery life—but that’s what we’ve engineered into the first generation of Kryo," Qualcomm explains.

Kyro is built on the latest 14nm FinFET technology and can reach speeds of up to 2.2GHz. It's tightly integrated with the Adreno 530 GPU and Hexagon 680 DSP. All combined, not only does Snapdragon 820 offer twice the performance of its predecessor, it's also two times more power efficient, Qualcomm claims.

It stands to reason that Qualcomm would put so much effort into hyping Snapdragon 820. With all the negative attention Snapdragon 810 received due to claims of overheating, Qualcomm needs to hit a home run with Snapdragon 820.

Unfortunately we're still several months away from seeing any phones based on Snapdragon 820. Word on the web is that the Xiaomi Mi 5 will be the first to use the chipset, and it's expected to release in March of next year.