Samsung manufactures Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 chip
While multiple reports claim the high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC has heat problems, it looks like the next-gen Snapdragon 820 will leave such issues behind. According to new information coming from industry insiders and published by Mobile Dad, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 uses the 14 nm FinFET technology and comes from Samsung's chip foundry. This chip also drops the ARM cores used by Qualcomm in the past for custom 64-bit Kryo cores.
Thanks to the manufacturing technology mentioned earlier, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 generates less heat and uses less power when compared to its predecessor. This new lineup of Kryo-powered chips also includes the Snapdragon 620. The faster Snapdragon 820 can reach a maximum frequency of 3 GHz and may even end up being faster and cooler than Samsung's Exynos 7420 chip used by the Galaxy S6 devices. Obviously, this still has to be confirmed by benchmarks of actual devices.
While there is no Snapdragon 820-powered device on the market yet, the first companies to test it are HTC, Sony, and Xiaomi. The next-gen Xiaomi Mi 5 flagship that will use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 is expected to launch in October, so stay tuned.
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