Rumors are making the rounds that Qualcomm will unveil the Snapdragon 820 SoC on August 11 in LA. Ahead of that unveil a number of details on the new SoC have turned up online giving us an early look at what to expect. The new Snapdragon 820 will be the MSM8996 and it promises some significant performance improvements in key areas compared to older Snapdragon products.
One of the areas of improvement is a claimed 40% GPU performance increase with the A530 GPU. The device is also claimed to have a 30% power improvement with 64b of shared virtual memory with the CPU.
Another big area of improvement is the Hydra CPU, which claims a 35% improvement compared to the Snapdragon MSM8994 better known as the Snapdragon 810. The Snapdragon 820 will support 4k60 entertainment and high-speed data connectivity.
A new QFE3100 Envelope Tracking system with low power and a low thermal footprint is being tipped. A dedicated low power sensor is integrated for always on use. Another major upgrade compared to the older SoC is a switch from 20nm to 14nm FinFET manufacturing process. Rumors suggest that the first device with this SoC under the hood will be the Xiaomi Mi5.