Qualcomm has silently launched the Snapdragon 821 chipset. This silicon is apparently powerful and faster than the currently popular Snapdragon 820, which is powering almost all the high-end flagships released thus far. The list includes LG G5, Samsung Galaxy S7, Sony Xperia X, Xiaomi Mi 5 and HTC 10, among others.
As it turns out,?Qualcomm is not replacing the Snapdragon 820 SoC with the new one. The Snapdragon 821 chipset, also referred internally as ?MSM8996 Pro,? will act as an improved chipset for certain requirements until the next-generation SoC makes a grand entry.
Rumored Snapdragon 821-Powered Devices
Latest reports suggest that Qualcomm?s Snapdragon 821 will power the upcoming?Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and?Google?s Nexus 2016 smartphones codenamed ?marlin? and ?sailfish,? which will ultimately be manufactured by HTC.
Rumors also point to stand-alone virtual reality (VR) headsets powered by the enhanced SD821 SoC.
Snapdragon 821 vs. Snapdragon 820: Configurations
Similar to the predecessor, the new SD821 is a quad-core chip. However, it is reportedly 10 percent faster when compared to SD820, thanks to the over-clocked cores.
Like the SD820, the SD821 also comes bundled with two high-performance Kryo cores, along with two economical Kryo cores that run slower. The high-performance cluster is clocked up to 2.2GHz in SD820, while in SD821, the cores can run up to 2.4GHz. The economical cluster, on the other hand, gets a boost from 1.6GHz of SD820 to 2GHz in SD821,?Anand Tech noted.
Furthermore, Qualcomm has also fine-tuned the graphics chip of the Snapdragon 821 by improving the clock speed to 650MHz from 624MHz.
Snapdragon 821 Release Date
The Qualcomm SD821 SoC will be released in the second half of 2016. This also means any high-end device, earmarked to be launched in the second half, might come powered by this chipset.