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Published: Wed, July 13, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 unveiled; promises to deliver faster speed, improved power savings

Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 unveiled; promises to deliver faster speed, improved power savings

Qualcomm promises further information about the Snapdragon 821 will be forthcoming "soon". As the small increment suggests, the new processor offers a slight improvement on its predecessor, including a 10 percent increase in performance, bringing its top speed up to 2.4 GHz, according to the company. It's the core of today's best smartphones, including the HTC 10, LG G5, Galaxy S7/Edge, and Sony Xperia X. All these devices deliver blistering speeds, fantastic cameras, and good battery life. According to the manufacturer, the 821 is created to complement the competitive strengths of the Snapdragon 800 lineup, rather than replace the Snapdragon 820 model. The 821's quad-core CPU runs the high performance cores at 2.4 GHz, while Snapdragon 820 has 2.2GHz.

What do you think about the new Snapdragon 821 smartphone? The two Deluxe versions it announced will have 32 GB and 64 GB of storage, and both will be equipped with the older Snapdragon 820 processor.

The phone is part of the Zenfone 3 family, which includes the 6.8 inch Zenfone 3 Ultra, the 5.5 inch Zenfone 3, and the 5.7 inch Zenfone 3 Deluxe - the most powerful of the bunch. The Snapdragon 821 is OFFICIAL. There are two cores that are clocked at a lower speed and there are two cores that are clocked at a higher speed. In fact, we could also see the new processor in the USA variant of Samsung Galaxy Note 7. But instead of topping out at 2.2GHz, Snapdragon 821 can reach clockspeeds of up to 2.4GHz for a bit of added oomph (and bragging rights).

Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 unveiled; promises to deliver faster speed, improved power savings
Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 unveiled; promises to deliver faster speed, improved power savings

This chip is expected to debut in smartphones and other devices in the second half of the year.

The SoC processor also integrates the company's X12 LTE modem, which is claimed to support download speeds up to 600Mbit/s.

The processor continues to use the same Adreno 530 graphics chip that is inside the Snapdragon 820. The Snapdragon 821 is created to "set a new bar" for performance across all these devices, ranging from mobile products to VR headsets.

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