Qualcomm has announced the successor of the Snapdragon 820 processor – the Snapdragon 821. Powering the latest 821 chipset is the technology that powered the same 820 processor, which is engineered to deliver faster speed, improved power savings, and greater application performance. The 821 isn’t a replacement for the 820 processor so the owners of Snapdragon 820 powered smartphones be rest assured that it’s a complement to the Snapdragon 800 lineup.
The Snapdragon 821 is engineered to deliver a 10% performance increase over the 820 with the Qualcomm Kryo quad-core CPU, reaching speeds up to 2.4GHz. Out of the four Kyro cores, two will be clocked at 2.4GHz which will be the performance cluster whereas the power cluster will have two Kyro cores clocked above 2GHz. The graphics should be the Adreno 530 with a slightly higher clock.
Since the beginning of the year, we’ve seen the announcement of a handful of smartphones powered by Snapdragon 820, including but not limited to Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, Xiaomi Mi5, LG G5, HTC 10, LeEco LeMax 2, and Sony Xperia X. The 821 is far more improved than the 810 and 820, which will help to set the new bar for smartphones and other devices.
Qualcomm is yet to release the full specs of the new processor and we’ll pitch into those once they are made public. We can expect the launch of the smartphones sporting the Snapdragon 821 in the second half of 2016.