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To Get Its Mobile Mojo Back, Qualcomm Unveils The Powerful Snapdragon 820 Chipset

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2015 wasn’t one of Qualcomm’s best years. The company had to face issues relating, but not limited to heating problems on its flagship chipset and lost its vibe when Samsung opted to use its own Exynos processor in this year’s Galaxy flagship phones.

Well, the silicon giant hasn’t given up yet. The company plans to roll back into the market with a bang through its next big chipset, the Snapdragon 820, which the company announced on Tuesday.

The chipset will be powered by Qualcomm’s Kyro processor which is expected to provide twice as much computing power as the cores in the Snapdragon 810. Graphics rendering will be done by the Adreno 530 that will provide a 40 percent boost.

The integrated LTE modem supports Category 12 network speeds. This theoretically supports up to 600 Mbps down speed and 150 Mbps up speed. Wi-Fi will now support 802.11ad and 802.11ac 2×2 MU MIMO standards too. This means a  hundred or two hundred percent increase in the speeds if your router supports these.

Another addition that Qualcomm is boasting is that the chipset will support LTE-U, a way to access both licensed and unlicensed wireless spectrum for mobile broadband.

The chipset is built on a 14 nanometer process and will support Quick Charge 3.0 technology, which, the company believes, is 38 percent more efficient than the current Quick Charge 2.0 charging found in many current, high-end devices.

The new chip seems to have it all and may just be the boost Qualcomm is looking for. We’ll know soon enough about what lies ahead for Qualcomm as the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show in January draws closer.


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