News by Josh Dasey on Tuesday November 10, 2015.
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Qualcomm is putting the problems of the Snapdragon 810 firmly behind it with the launch of the Snapdragon 820, a new flagship chipset that was launched today. Of course, the arrival of Qualcomm's new flag waving silicon has wide ramifications for the rest of the smartphone industry as many of the next generation of high end handsets will be packing this processor.For example, Xiaomi is known to have been holding off launching its Mi 5 flagship smartphone until the Snapdragon 820 arrived. With the processor launched expect the Chinese company to launch its flagship soon, while the likes of Sony, HTC, LG, and even Samsung are likely to unload devices with the 820 on board over the next three to six months. After dominating the processor industry for years, Qualcomm faced a tough 2015 as the Snapdragon 810 became mired in problems. Namely, it run too hot and created poor performance as devices struggled to cool off; Qualcomm long said the issue was fixed, but there were reports consistently that the 810 was a troublemaker. So much so that Samsung ignored Qualcomm entirely for the Galaxy S6 range and Galaxy Note 5, favoring its own Exynos 7420 instead. Sammy was not the only company worried about the Snapdragon 810, LG and Motorola both opted for the lesser Snapdragon 808 for their 2015 flagships, and Xiaomi has been holding out for the Snapdragon 820 for a reason. So, the new chipset has a lot of wrong's to right and on paper at least it seems to be up to the task, with Qualcomm adamant there are no overheating issues here. The Snapdragon 820 comes with support for Quick Charge 3.0, which is 38% faster than Quick Charge 2.0 and four times faster than normal charging. The new Adreno 530 GPU promises photo realistic graphics, while Wi-Fi 802.11ad and 802.11ac 2x2 MU-MIMO support means ultra-fast Wi-Fi should be attainable. On top of this, the Snapdragon 820 is the first processor to ship with LTE-U support, from Qualcomm or anyone else. The 64-bit quad-core CPU uses Qualcomm's own Kryo cores (running as fast as 2.2GHz) and is capable of supporting cameras up to 28 megapixels and for 4K ultra HD playback and recording.
Josh is our European editor, tackling news events, reviews, and new items from his UK home. As a former HTC marketing employee, Josh is close to the industry and bring his experience to MobileBurn.