American semiconductor company Qualcomm just announced its new flagship chip, the Snapdragon 820 that will in all probably power your next superphone. There’s a small catch though. The company has already said that the Snapdragon 810 and 808 will remain its flagship chips for the remainder of this year; therefore, we are looking at a 2016 launch date (maybe sooner) for the SD 820.
Although, a definite date line hasn’t been released by Qualcomm yet, the company has given out some key features of its new flagship chip, and by the looks of it we are looking at a powerhouse of a processor with the high-end Adreno 530 GPU onboard.
Three key improvements that the new SD 820 will be bringing to smartphones are: higher performance, lower power consumption and better camera abilities.
Let’s take a look at them one by one…
According to Qualcomm, the Adreno 530 GPU onboard the SD 820 improves performance by roughly 40 percent, at the same time reducing power consumption by 40 percent. This is when compared to the current generation Snapdragon 810’s Adreno 430 GPU.
Qualcomm says the SD 820 is being manufactured on an unspecified FinFET process. Process improvements coupled with architectural improvements have helped it achieve necessary performance enhancement, all the while keeping power consumption low.
The new SD 820 comes with a standalone GPU Power Manager that allows the GPU to switch parts of itself on and off faster than the previous generation chips.
One of the defining features of the SD 820 will be support for HDMI 2.0 standard. This will allow users to connect external 4K displays to a smartphone at full 60 frames per second. Right now, the standard allows only 30 FPS videos.
The SD 820 will come with the new Spectra image signal processor. It is the chip’s ISP that makes sense of all the data once the lens and the sensor of the smartphone camera have done their job.
The SD 820’s Spectra ISP will continue to push for dual rear-camera setups (something that OEMs haven’t been able to take best advantage of) while also simulating optical zoom instead of standard digital zoom using data from the two cameras.
The Spectra ISP’s main attraction will be simultaneous support for three cameras (two on the back and one on the front).
According to Qualcomm, the SD 820 will allow up to 25 megapixels photos at 30 frames per second with zero shutter lag.
For regular cameras, the new SD 820 will allow better autofocusing and image quality over predecessors. Moreover, the new chip also promises radial noise reduction and color artifact correction along with improved HDR algorithms.