Qualcomm confirms Snapdragon 820 to arrive in H1 2016; details new Adreno 5XX GPU

by XB on 12th August 2015

in News

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820_1Qualcomm has given a few more details on its upcoming Snapdragon 820 chipset, confirming that it should start to appear in devices in the first half of 2016. Qualcomm has also confirmed that the Snapdragon 820 chipset will include the Adreno 530 that will deliver up to 40% better graphics performance and reduced power consumption when compared to the Adreno 430 found in the Snapdragon 810 chipset. Expect to see the Snapdragon 820 chipset to feature in Sony’s 2016 flagship.

Another feature in these chipsets is the Qualcomm Spectra camera ISP (image signal processor). This dual-ISP supports the latest 14-bit sensors for a wider range of colours and natural skin tones. This means better photos through the hybrid autofocus framework. It also supports up to 3 simultaneous cameras (e.g. one facing the user, and two rear facing) and up to 25 MP at 30 frames per-second with zero shutter lag. Qualcomm also confirmed that the Adreno 510 GPU will feature in the Snapdragon 620 and 618 chipsets.

Adreno 530 features

– Up to 40 percent lower power consumption and 40 percent faster performance for both graphics and GPGPU compute when compared to the Adreno 430;
– Leading-edge capabilities in graphics and compute APIs including OpenGL ES 3.1+AEP (Android Extension Pack), Renderscript, as well as the new OpenCL 2.0 and Vulkan standards. Vulkan minimizes driver overhead and enables multi-threaded performance on mobile and embedded platforms;
– Support for 64-bit virtual addressing, allowing for shared virtual memory (SVM) and efficient co-processing with 64 bit CPUs;
– Improved fine-grain power management, new rendering, compositing and compression techniques to enable higher performance at lower power consumption and reduced DRAM bandwidth;
– Up to 4K HEVC video support at 60fps over HDMI 2.0 to Rec. 2020 ultra-high definition (UHD) displays and TVs;
– Improved Qualcomm® EcoPix™ and Qualcomm® TruPalette™ support for longer battery life and superior pixel quality; and
– Software compatibility between Adreno 530 and Adreno 510.

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  • Aurélien Coquart

    Xperia Z5 :(

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    Yep I knew it that this’ll happen. I’ll stick to my awesome Z2 for a while. BTW I hope with Z5 they’ll introduce camera api2 if they wanna survive in this business. Almost every OEMs have provided this feature except Sony. Plus I hope there won’t be aggressive post processing on photos like Z series lollipop.

  • Dean Newell

    I love my Z2! :D

  • Abdul Ghani

    following mediateks path or just copying their ideas

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    Yea bro, except the fact that they ruined the camera on lollipop other than that Phone is perfect. People who bought it so in love with it. I am in love with this phone.

  • Geese Howard

    Will this, will this overheat too?! :p But seriously, I hope they don’t rush it this time like what they did with the 810.

  • Shaik Farooq

    My next Xperia phone will have this chipset but for now im still gonna use my z2.

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  • Vuyo Ncube

    Pair this up with a 1080p display and a better Exmor RS ISP and OIS and you have yourself a mobile monster. If this can trade blows with the iPad Air 2 in brute performance at a fraction of the TDP, I’ll take back everything I said about Qualcomm.

  • Dean Newell

    It’s so perfect, and I agree, wish they would add camera2 api, it’s plain lazy not to. Design is by far the best of any phone ever made, so gorgeous. Screen is amazing. Speakers are good. Waterproofing is great. Overall such a great phone!

  • xperiaDROID

    So, Xperia Z5 will have Snapdragon 810? :(


  • Darni187

    Im not getting a Sony phone until they use this chipset, My Z ultra and Note 4 will keep me happy till then.

    I really hope they use this chipset in the Z5 and Z5+

  • mohsen

    fck qualcomm and its plans

  • apolloa

    Soo, unless the Z5 range are not on sale until next year, they will have the same disabled 810 chipset, oh and the new 615 and 620 do not have this fancy new ‘Spectra image signal processor’ technology.

  • DBS

    Which means no chance of being on the Z5C, which means it’ll likely go with the SD810, which means no way I’m buying it.
    I just spared 600€ come September.

  • iia3ezu

    Because Sony has no ambition in the mobile market and is in fact trying to bring down costs of handsets, I believe that in 2016, the next Xperia flagship phone will continue to use a Mediatek SoC, probably the Helio X20 or X30.

  • iia3ezu

    Or maybe Sony can rename the Z5 as Z4+ for markets outside Japan.

    Then again, there’s that nice fingerprint scanner… perhaps this is not a minor change as it was from Z3 to Z4/Z3+.

    Sony, I don’t really care about waterproof phones, if you can make the bezels razor thin like the C5 Ultra it will be fantastic.

  • Sweggity

    if it’s ain’t 820 on z5 i won’t upgrade then

  • Ambitious Man

    Z5 s810. :D The truth.

  • steary_eye

    I doubt it. Previous Z5 leak has been shown with a fingerprint scanner. Not sure how true is that but a fingerprint scanner is only happening on SD820 phones. Like the rest of the LG and Xiaomi phones that has been leaked.

  • Sweggity

    same here…

  • steary_eye

    So it seems like it then. March 2016 will be the time to upgrade to an Xperia phone.

  • iia3ezu

    Assuming Sony still uses a Qualcomm chip.

    So… Xperia Z6 (Japan) a.k.a. Xperia Z5+ (rest of the world)?

  • Alvin

    Why dont sony just release z5 in 2016 and use s820.

    Liek dis if u cri evrytim.. :”'(

  • Alvin

    I dont think next year theyll do it.

  • Alvin

    Plot twist : xperia z5 will use mediatek helio x20

  • Shehab Skull


  • Abdul Ghani

    easy buy for me if true

  • iia3ezu

    Would like to see a benchmark comparison between the Mediatek Helio X20 and Snapdragon 820 next year. Everything from battery life to graphics to LTE to photography.

  • Vuyo Ncube

    SD810 is Sense ID compatible. Qualcomm used a SD810 to demonstrate the tech.

  • Musadiqkhan

    IBM finds new vulnerability effecting 55% Android users.


  • apolloa

    Why? The 820 would destroy the MediaTek as I understand.

  • gamer324

    Don’t expect Apple to take this lying down though, with the rumours of an ipad air pro this year, expect the a9x or whatever variant apple fits in it to be a true behemoth of gpu performance (especially with full-blown Metal support, whereas Vulkan still isn’t ready for adoption)

  • Hamada D

    pleaaase sony
    we dont need a flagship in this fu**** year
    make it in 2016 :3

  • gamer324

    So the z5 will probably use an s810, so it’s going to be s810 bad press vs. Bond movie marketing tie-in, should be interesting. But Bond films really don’t have the youth following they used to, and the aging fanbase isn’t really what I would call prime smartphone demographic.

  • gamer324

    Bittersweet feeling, isn’t it? ;-)

  • gamer324

    Yeah, but by how much is a very important question. We’ve already reached performance saturation in the mobile space (really how fast does your 2015 flagship feel when compared to say a z1 on the same android build?), so it’s all about sustainability, affordability and bells and whistles.

  • gamer324

    If they do, then they’d be forced to stick with a 1080p screen, which is a BIG PLUS for me, I’d buy.

  • DBS

    Xperia Z5 is just going to be more of the same. Poor camera, poor design, non-removable battery. Wait for the real flagship – LG G5.

  • DBS

    I was joking, I’m upgrading to the best phone on the market in September – LG G4.

  • DBS

    Just upgrade to the LG G4, it has Snapdragon 808 which is leaps and bounds better than the 810.

  • DBS

    It doesn’t affect the perfect LG G4. But I’m hoping it infects your spambot phone.

  • Vuyo Ncube

    iPad Air 3 will be untouchable in brute performance but unfortunately ARM based tablets are a slowly dying market. The Surface Pro series and dirt cheap Windows tablets are taking over.

  • ShinOrochiX

    What is it with you and the LG G4, I also went from Sony to LG and never regretted it-but you don’t hear me boasting lol.

  • GigaSPX

    Are you the new Timel?

  • Dynamo11

    yep same, I really want to upgrade from my Z2 but not to the radiator that is 810. Was hoping Sony had access to some limited 820 chips for Z5 but obviously not.

  • DBS

    Just so you know, not only I reported that fake profile to discus, I’ve reported it to the police. Let’s see how you like it ;)

  • DBS

    Just so you know, I didn’t reply to you, someone with a fetish decided to impersonate me. The authorities are dealing with it.

    As for your real answer: not really bitter-sweet. More disappointing. And for Sony, bad, as they basically will lose a customer to another brand.

  • DBS

    Just to inform that the guy that talked about the G4 is a kid with too much time on its hands.
    It’s a fake account that’s been reported to Discus and to the police.

  • DBS

    No, that’s not even me. It’s a fake account some kid with too much time created. Police is dealing with it.

  • DBS

    It’s not. It’s a fake account someone decided to create. The police has been informed and so has the Xperia blog.

  • Emil Oskarsson

    I’m getting confused over here XD stupid bastard that made a fake account based on yours :p

  • DBS

    It’s simply. Hover your mouse over the picture. You’ll see I have a fairly bigger number of comments than that kid. And if you go to the profile itself, you’ll see I’ve had the account for a lot longer.

    I honestly feel sad for him. How sad and pathetic must your life be to try to be someone else? Oh well. He’ll learn his lesson the hard way I guess :P

  • Nawi

    Xperia Z (S4 PRO): 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4.2, 4.4.4, 5.0, 5.1
    Mediatek = No Updates

    i won’t upgrade to any device with MediaTek

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  • Rohit Patel

    What about heating ??

  • iia3ezu

    Snapdragon 820 is 14nm, compared to 20nm of 810.
    Smaller die size usually means less power consumption = less heat.
    Unless of course, you do crazy stuff such as extreme overclocking.

  • Emil Oskarsson

    haha okey thanks for the tip :D Hopefully the fake account will be deleted soon enough. wierd that he copied just you :s Guess it could be anyone xD

  • gamer324

    There’s a very good reason for that : crappy multitasking on mobile oses (ios, android and all other ‘mobile’ niche OSes), with an x86 tablet it is literally as easy as putting on the latest Ubuntu or Debian stable distro on it and dual booting Android (or windows if you must ;-)), and you have the unmatched stability of desktop linux in a portable formfactor WITH an IPS screen (a horrendous rarity in laptops).

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