Qualcomm Reveals Snapdragon 820 GPU

Following the Snapdragon 810 controversy including the heating issues and performance throttling, the company has officially announced the latest details about its next-gen flagship chip, the Snapdragon 820, including its next-gen GPU architecture.

The Snapdragon 820 will be including the Adreno 530, which features:

  • Up to 40% lower power consumption and 40% faster performance compared to Adreno 430 found on Snapdragon 810
  • Support for OpenGL ES 3.1+AEP, OpenCL 2.0, Renderscript, and Vulkan standards
  • Support for 64-bit virtual addressing
  • Improved fine-grain power management
  • Up to 4K HEVC video support at 60fps over HDMI 2.0, and 4K output wirelessly (limited to 30fps)
  • Improved Qualcomm EcoPix and Qualcomm TruPalette support for longer battery life and superior pixel quality
The company has also announced that its nex-gen chip will be featuring an all-new new Spectra image signal processor, which includes:
  • Support for up to 3 simultaneous cameras and up to 25MP at 30fps with zero shutter lag
  • Hybrid autofocus framework and multi-sensor fusion
  • Improved power efficiency, noise reduction, and color correction capabilities
  • GPGPU optical zoom capability that simulate optical zoom rather than digital zoom 
According to Tim Leland, vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc "Qualcomm Spectra ISP, together with our Adreno 5xx-class GPU, brings an entirely new level of imaging to smartphones, and is designed to allow Snapdragon-powered devices to capture ultra-clear, vivid photos and videos regardless of motion and lighting conditions and display them with the color accuracy that nature intended".

Unfortunately, there is no word yet on the Snapdragon 820's custom Kryo CPU cores, including its clock speed and number of cores. Although Qualcomm has announced that the Adreno 530 will be software compatible with the Adreno 510 found on the company's upcoming Snapdragon 620/618.

The Snapdragon 820-based devices are expected to begin shipping starting the first half of 2016.