Qualcomm is facing some difficult times, despite being one of the most popular manufacturers of mobile processors, their most recent high-end offering, the Snapdragon 810 had some issues that are still controversial. In fact, since the 810 processor was in early production, rumors about the high temperatures it reached began to emerge. Those rumors were denied and some companies started to include this processor in their flagship devices, including some by LG, HTC and Sony. Even as the company has released other versions of the processor, the issue is still present. Under this premise, users were always concerned about the temperature of their devices while running some apps and while in most cases this won’t be an issue, it seems consistent reports note that this processor does heat up more than those made by the competition.
While we know that Qualcomm is working on a new high-end offering called Snapdragon 820, companies that will release new flagship devices in the second half of the year are rumored to use the current one, even though it is said that the company has sent some samples to some manufacturers of the newer one. Recent reports suggest that the company could finally unveil the Snapdragon 820 on August 11 at a conference in Los Angeles. What we know so far is that its 64-bit cores will be custom built, called Kryo, instead of using ARM’s Cortex architecture, plus it would be built using a FinFET process.
Now, there are new rumors about the specifications of the Snapdragon 820 which now seem likely to be confirmed next week. Apparently the new chipset will have a quad-core configuration, two of them clocked at 1.7 GHz and the other two will run at 2.2 GHz. The graphics will be powered by the Adreno 530 GPU at 650 Mhz. An LTE Cat. 10 modem will be included and the chipset will support the faster LPDDR4 RAM while keeping an eye on support for 4K video. The company would probably want this new processor to be released as soon as possible to recover its reputation, but rumors indicate that the first devices to use it first re unlikely to available sooner than March of next year.