For the past several months, the Snapdragon 820 has been the center of attention in the world of unreleased SoCs. It’s no wonder, especially since the Snapdragon 810 was one of the most controversial mobile APs to hit the market.
The good news is that the Snapdragon 820 isn’t famous for the same reasons the 810 is infamous. In other words, we don’t know if it will overheat like the SD 810 did (hopefully, and probably not), but what we have learned is that Qualcomm is hard at work to improve the 820 with each revision.
In fact, according to a recent report from China, the Snapdragon 820 is now said to be 50% more powerful than the Exynos 7420.
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Snapdragon 820: 50% Beefier than Samsung’s Finest CPU to Date?
According to a recent report from analyst Pan Jiutang (who has a long and good track history with predicting movements in the mobile chipset space) citing an “upstream friend”, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 shapes up to be a considerable upgrade over the SD 810, or more specifically, Samsung’s Exynos 7420.
The source claims that compared with the Exynos 7420 powering the Samsung Galaxy S6, the Snapdragon 820 is 50% more powerful, even in single-threading tests.
While these figures are impressive, keep in mind that once it hits the consumer market, the Snapdragon 820’s direct competitor will not be the Exynos 7420, but rather the Exynos M1 said to debut along with the Samsung Galaxy S7 sometime in the first quarter of 2016.
The SGS7 itself is supposed to be released in two variants (one powered by the Exynos M1 and the other by the Snapdragon 820). In fact, recent rumors have hinted at the possibility of a third SoC being used: the fabled Exynos 7422.
Regardless of Samsung’s plans for the S7, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 is something to look forward to, especially since it should end up under the hood of at least 30 upcoming flagship phones.