As expected, Qualcomm has announced its next-generation Snapdragon 820 SoC, a successor to the problematic Snapdragon 810 processor. The first smartphones to be powered by this new processor though will only arrive next year. While the chip maker did not reveal much about the CPU, it has detailed the new Adreno 530 GPU and the new image signal processor. Also Read - Google gives another reason to consider Snapdragon-based Android devicesAlso Read - Snapdragon 778G launches for premium Android smartphones with support for 144Hz display
The new Snapdragon 820 chipset, and other SoCs launching in the near future will all be paired with new Adreno 500-series GPUs. The Adreno 530 in particular, according to Qualcomm, offers 40 percent faster performance, while consuming 40 percent less power than the Adreno 430. On the API front, Adreno 530 will support Renderscript, Vulkan and OpenGL ES 3.1 + AEP (Android Extension Pack). It will also support OpenCL 2.0 with Shared Virtual Memory (SVP). Also Read - This Qualcomm chip bug affects around 30 percent of phones globally: Report
The processor will come with a new 14-bit image signal processing (ISP) unit called as Spectra, which Qualcomm says can offer DSLR type camera quality and image engine on the Snapdragon 820 SoC. The chip maker also claims that their Spectra ISP will support three simultaneous cameras up to 25-megapixel at 30fps with no shutter lag. It is also said to offer better autofocus and low-light performance, “zig zag” video HDR capture support, and more intelligent correction of lens and sensor aberrations.
While we are waiting for Qualcomm to put more clarity on the CPU part, the new Soc is expected to ship with smartphones launching in Q1, 2016.