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Qualcomm increases clock speeds with the Snapdragon 821

By Scorpus
Jul 11, 2016
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  1. Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 has already proven itself to be one of the fastest ARM-based SoCs on the market, but the company doesn't want it to fall behind in the second half of the year. This is why they've launched the Snapdragon 821, which boosts the clock speeds of the Snapdragon 820 by a small amount.

    What we know so far is that Qualcomm has increased the clock speed of the two 'big' Kryo CPU cores from 2.15 GHz to 2.4 GHz, which is a 12 percent increase. Qualcomm hasn't officially stated whether there will be clock speed increases to the two 'little' Kryo cores or the Adreno 530 GPU, but speculation suggests these will be at least 2.0 GHz (up from 1.6 GHz) and 650 MHz (up from 624 MHz) respectively.

    There won't be any wholesale changes to the Snapdragon 820 in the 821, so the basic four core design will be preserved. The X12 LTE modem will also remain unchanged, which will still provide Category 12/13 LTE along with Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.1.

    Also known as the MSM8996 Pro, the Snapdragon 821 will be seen in devices released in the later parts of this year. Some rumors suggest the upcoming Nexus phones will include this SoC, but it will likely be seen in a wide range of devices that would otherwise have used a Snapdragon 820.

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  2. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 1,915   +537

    Not worth unless they managed to reduce power draw and temperatures.
     
  3. Scshadow

    Scshadow TS Guru Posts: 469   +97

    Well, not that I care that much but yeah, my OnePlus 3 with the 820 chip in it hasn't even arrived in the mail yet... Oh well, it happens.
     
  4. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 1,684   +790

    You know ..... the software developers always write to the current fastest processor, which means we never really see all that blinding speed. Now if they would write for processor speeds that were twice or three times removed, we would see, enjoy and appreciate that speed a lot more! You would think by this time, SOMEBODY in the software development departments would realize that and actually take advantage of it! sheeeeezzzeeeee
     
  5. umbala

    umbala TS Addict Posts: 169   +145

    That's the dumbest thing I heard in a while. Software developers don't "write to the current fastest processor". You obviously have no clue what you're talking about.
     
  6. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 1,684   +790

    You should get out more young man .... it's common knowledge; time for you to come out of the software closet! HAHAHA
     

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