Tech giant and innovator, Qualcomm recently released the Snapdragon 820 processor and its introduction into the world marks major progress and advancement for the industry. It is considered one of the best quad-core processors to exist thus far and will change the landscape within mobile processing in upcoming years for the better. Here are just a handful of ways the processing chip will forge a revolution in mobile devices.
First off, the Snapdragon 820 processor offers the most advanced LTE and Wi-Fi capabilities to date. Aside from the ability of Snapdragon 820 with X12 LTE to support 33% faster peak download speeds, this is the first commercial processor to utilize LTE-U—meaning it can access LTE connections that other processors are restricted from therefore boosting connection speeds and mobile broadband in normally congested areas. An advantage such as this will likely move the industry forward where competitors will want a piece of the pie and indirectly also push LTE network expansion. Furthermore, Wi-Fi with the 820 is up to three times faster, a huge leap in mobile processing.
Graphics and Camera
This new processor defines the next generation of visual processing technologies. The 820 comes equipped with Adreno 530 GPU and Kryo CPU which makes it generate console-quality gaming and virtual reality, marking a 40% improvement to graphics and computing performance compared to the prior GPUs.
In terms of camera improvements, the Snapdragon 820 supports Qualcomm’s Spectra Image Sensor Processor (14-bit dual-ISP) and captures up to 25MP. To add, the hexagon 680 DSP inside the chip adjusts pictures and videos to adapt to brightening and noise reduction in low-lights situations, removing graininess otherwise inevitably found with other mobile device cameras. Consumers will flock to devices housing the chip based on this factor alone as visual communications and social sharing continually grows in importance within society.
The Snapdragon 820 allows for charging to become four times faster than conventional charging. Additionally, wireless charging is now a possibility with the chip—something that will soon become the norm in the mobile processing arena. Wireless charging is an innovation that is on the brink of an explosion in the market and devices run by the 820 processor will be a tipping point.
With the 820, new malware detection skills are available. It comes with an option to integrate SmartProtect app into a device—an application that can distinguish new forms of malware on top of just checking known malware. Massive data breaches that could be prevented via hardware improvements are a top priority, and this advancement is a significant step in addressing the ever-growing issue of data security. The processing chip also houses ultrasonic fingerprints canning technology called Sense ID—the scanner reads all the way down to the sweat pore level of a finger, causing a supremely accurate read and heightened security.
In general, the Snapdragon 820 will be the most efficient processor to date due to its management component called Symphony. Symphony helps to manage processing tasks and sends workloads to the fastest most efficient processing cores within the chip. It’s designed to reduce power consumption and execute specialized tasks at lower power and ultimately optimize performance.
Because of the power potential of the Snapdragon 820, new markets will most definitely be tapped into. For instance, VR headsets with 820 processors inside, as well as drones and expanding presence into the automotive industry are all high likelihood.
The future of mobile processing starts with the Snapdragon 820. Soon the market will be flooded with devices featuring this latest and greatest in processing technology and a domino effect of innovation in other mobile processing chips will surely ensue.