Published: Tue, July 12, 2016
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 821 chip is '10 per cent faster' than Snapdragon 820

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 821 chip is '10 per cent faster' than Snapdragon 820

Rather than replace the Snapdragon 820, Qualcomm has chose to extend its lineup with the new Snapdragon 821 at the top. It's said to be 10% faster than the Snapdragon 820, running a quad-core Kryo CPU at speeds up to 2.4GHz. Qualcomm's press release doesn't mention the GPU's speed increasing, and it says specifically that the 821 will use the same 600Mbps Snapdragon X12 LTE modem as the 820. Devices powered by the Snapdragon 821 are expected to hit the market before the year ends.

So far it's been tipped that the new chip may arrive in the rumoured HTC-made Nexus devices Marlin and Sailfish and perhaps the Galaxy Note 7, among others.

Snapdragon 821 actually comes with 10% increased performance over Snapdragon 820 and offers fixes to issues that the previous model experienced, one of them being overheating.

The Snapdragon 821 builds upon 820's features, and provides a 10% performance increase. Another critical boost is the graphics chip, which now gets a clock speed boost from 624MHz to 650MHz.

Qualcomm Snapdragon inside an exploded smartphone
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 821 chip is '10 per cent faster' than Snapdragon 820

Competitor Intel, meanwhile, seems to be pivoting away from some of its current mobile chips, specifically killing some of its line of Atom processors, which were a money-losing endeavor for the company, according to Fortune. It's called the Snapdragon 821 (model designation is MSM8996 Pro), and is essentially an incremental update over the Snapdragon 820 chip and promises certain performance gains.

Qualcomm is keen to point out that the Snapdragon 821 isn't created to replace the Snapdragon 820, so we're still likely to see mobile phones released with the 820 inside.

Snapdragon 821 was announced by Qualcomm just yesterday. The firm recently also filed a complaint against Meizu in a China court after being unable to reach a licensing accord with the Chinese smartphone manufacturer.

Few other details about the 821 were available, but since it's an 800-series processor, it's nearly certain that its biggest feature will be support for virtual and augmented reality.

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