Qualcomm made the Snapdragon 820 officially official this morning at an announcement in New York City, after announcing many features of the new processor over the past few months. Now, the company's VP of Product Marketing, Tim McDonough is holding a Q&A session on Qualcomm's Twitter account regarding the Snapdragon 820. One person asked if the Snapdragon 820 still got pretty warm like the Snapdragon 810 did. In which McDonough replied that the processor is "30% more efficient" and sets a new bar for performance. That confused a few people, because the product page on their website says 40% more efficient and another area says 2x as efficient. McDonough explained that a bit as well.
Basically, the overall processor is 30% more efficient. With the new Adreno 530 GPU being 40% more efficient being able to render graphics faster and better, as well as offering better performance which in turn gives you better battery life on the Snapdragon 820. While the new Kyro CPU has twice the performance and efficiency when compared to the CPU inside the Snapdragon 810 which was used in many of the flagship smartphones that were available in 2015. Qualcomm also claims that the new Hexagon 680 DSP brings significant improvement for performance and battery life.
A much more efficient processor, about a third more efficient, should definitely make things a bit better for everyone. Especially those that had overheating issues with the Snapdragon 810 in the many devices available with it this year. Qualcomm claims that the Snapdragon 820 won't overheat as much as the Snapdragon 810 and that it has also beaten the thermal requirements by OEMs. So it'll be interesting to see what the response is like when we start seeing devices coming out with the new Snapdragon 820 processor inside. As far as when we'll start seeing those devices, they'll start coming in the first half of 2016, and Qualcomm claims they have over 60 devices already slated to feature the new processor.
Qualcomm is still holding their Q&A session on Twitter for a bit longer, so if you have any questions about the brand new processor, now is the time to get them all answered. Just use the Hashtag #Snapdragon820 and mention @Qualcomm to get them answered.