After the controversial tenure of the Snapdragon 810, Qualcomm is back with their new flagship SoC named the Snapdragon 820 which will be debuting with a new GPU; the Adreno 530. However, considering how Qualcomm just started the talks about the new SoC, the details aren’t too much but it’s enough to make you drool over what’s to come.

According to Qualcomm, the Adreno 530 GPU will provide 40 percent performance boost over the Adreno 430, the new design will also be able to reduce the power consumption by 40 percent. These benefits are probably the result of a new 14/16nm manufacturing process known as FinFET, this will be done to make sure that the latest SoC from Qualcomm manages to go against Samsung’s Exynos 7420. Apart from that, there is a new feature called “standalone GPU Power Manager”, this feature will be able to gate the parts of the GPU on a faster rate in order to save the performance when the phone’s on standby.

Below is a chart showing the comparison of Snapdragon 810 and Snapdragon 820.



The Adreno 530 will be fully compatible with OpenGL ES 3.1 as well as Android Extension Pack which was announced in Lollipop. Adreno 530 also supports OpenGL ES 3.2, this means that the upcoming Vulkan API along with all the advantages will be fully supported.

According to Qualcomm, there’s a full support of OpenGL 2.0 as well, this will result in massive boost in video processing and other compute applications.



Another great addition and probably the best one in this SoC is the support for external 4K displays with the output of 60 frames per second, this is done because of the compliance of HDMI 2.0; wireless display streaming is also possible now, however, the frame-rate will be limited to 30 frames per second.

Qualcomm is also boasting about Spectra ISP (Image Signal Processor), this ISP comes with the support for higher resolution multiple camera setups, this can allow up to 3 camera setups at the same time. Apart from this, the ISP supports resolution up to 25 megapixel and 30 fps video capture at full resolution. Checkout the image below explaining everything about ISP.



Although the news is big, we won’t be seeing any sign of devices packing the Snapdragon 820 up until the first half of 2016. But it’s safe to say that wee will be hearing more news about the Snapdragon 820 in coming days. Stay tuned for more information.




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