Qualcomm reveals Snapdragon 821 chipset, 10% faster than Snapdragon 820
Qualcomm today revealed the fastest processor – the Snapdragon 821. And yes, it is an improvement over Snapdragon 820, 10% faster to be precise.
The processor features a 2.4GHz quad-core Kryo, an increase from the previous maximum of 2.15GHz. The Adreno 530 should stay the same, but use a slightly higher clock. We expect to see more devices packed with the Snapdragon 821, which Qualcomm says “delivers faster speed, improved power savings, and greater application performance.”
One major advantage the 821 may have is power management; Qualcomm hints that it’s engineered to deliver “improved power savings,” over current chips. However, it is not a replacement for the Snapdragon 820 chip currently being used in flagships like Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, HTC 10, and Sony Xperia X Performance.
This just won’t be powering smartphones and tablets though. The company says we’ll find the Snapdragon 821 in “mobile VR head mounted displays, and other new devices.”
Qualcomm says we can expect the new processor to come loaded in commercial devices beginning in the second half of 2016. The full specs sheet of Snapdragon 821 is yet to be announced.