Qualcomm 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.