Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 announced; 10 percent faster than the 820

by XB on 11th July 2016

in News

snapdragon-821-xperiaQualcomm has unveiled its latest high-end chipset in the form of the Snapdragon 821 (MSM8996 Pro). The latest chipset includes a Qualcomm Kryo quad-core CPU with a clock speed of 2.4GHz. Qualcomm’s latest chip has faster speeds (a 10% performance over the 820) and improved power savings.

Qualcomm says that the Snapdragon 821 will not replace the Snapdragon 820, but will sit alongside it. Qualcomm expects to see devices shipping with the Snapdragon 821 during the second half of 2016, whether we will see this in a Sony Xperia device remains to be seen.

  • fried_egg

    I still expect a Sony flagship to be shown off in September at the IFA expo… followed by it’s release in October… as the Z1, Z3 & Z5 were… and this is the chip that is effectively missing from the UK range of 2 “X” series phones… The UK carriers never really wanted the Z3+ released in the UK as it was too close the the Z5 they had all clearly signed up for as launch partners (eg EE who announced within minutes of the Z1 & Z5 IFA announcements their pre-order website…) The UK needs a release in this traditional Sony announcement slot… and Sony need a proper flagship from the X here or even the poorly received Xperformasnce elsewhere

  • Vuyo Ncube

    10nm process node from either Samsung or TSMC is so far away >:(. Hopefully this will be like the SD801 and start another epic battery life revolution. Most FinFET phones are performing terribly at the moment.

  • KarFar

    Don’t have high hopes that sony will use it, remember Z3? when they release it with S801 instead of newer and more powerful S805

  • Ryuzaki Raiga

    i bet japan will get another x with s821

  • John Walker

    805 was problematic coz of separate modem, and only few phones used it

  • Cezary Raczy?ski

    i hope that Sony release a new tablet.

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  • Mustafa Sezer

    Sony should change its 810 products with 820. Hope to use new not getting heat chipsets Sony!

  • Bashar Shehab

    I bet they’ll use it. Just like 2014 with the Z3 when they could have used the SD805 instead of SD801 but hell no -_-

  • ????? ????????

    But 805 phones will have Vulkan support, unlike the 801 phones. :)

  • Abhi

    Is it just me or has battery life just tanked with each iteration of the Snapdragon after the S800/801.

  • Alvin

    1. Tear your S810 powered phone apart.
    2. Pull out your phone’s S810 processor.
    3. Throw it inside a dustbin.
    4. Replace the processor with the beloved S810
    5. Done, you have a perfect phone (I think)

  • Emil Oskarsson

    Didnt sony release the X performance in UK after all? Aswell in Germany?

  • Emil Oskarsson

    No doubt the new Snapdragon chips are more power hungry compared to the ageing s800/801. You are not the only one who have noticed that. Think it might have something to do with the more powerfull GPU aswell not just the CPU

  • Emil Oskarsson

    On step 4 i think you refer to the Snapdragon 820, am i right? :D

  • Emil Oskarsson

    The irony with that one, FinFET architecture was suppose to lower power consumption, but i think like you that it has just increased instead :p

  • ludimilojko

    10 percent faster?!?!? OK, i will pay 700 bucks for a phone with it, so i can open the app in 0.6 seconds, instead of 0.7.

  • Vincentius Phang

    I don’t care for faster, I want battery life!!!!!!

  • Alvin

    Yes I’m sorry:D

  • iia3ezu

    The million dollar question: does it overheat?

  • fried_egg

    @emil@emiloskarsson:disqus no… the Sony performance is not carried by any UK network… a couple of the “no contract” retailers like clover have them but they are niche market. most people buy their phones on contract or from one of the networks direct or their affiliates

  • fried_egg

    that is why people buy special editions of supercars… so they can boast 0.2seconds faster even if it adds £30,000 to an already £300,000 car… the 820 chips power the flagships… and flagships are not aimed at people who want practical

  • ludimilojko

    I do agree with you about the cars, but we’re talking about phones. There is a “race” between manufacturers, for many users speed is above everything else, but it’s still about a small electronic device for everyday use. And that “race” for ultimate speed is becoming more ridiculous with every day.

  • Manu

    That’s true! But: The Adreno GPU is also much faster than Samsung’s Exynos GPU.

    Anyway, I’m not sure whether the hot Snapdragons are good for Sony.

  • John Walker

    Is that something frim star trek?

  • ????? ????????

    In case you are not sarcastic, no. It’s what Mantle was.

  • Emil Oskarsson

    Well there arent any better SoC to choose from, mediatek sucks same with Huaweis Kirring and Samsungs Exynos. The Snapdragon 820 doesnt run hot at all for me :p

  • Emil Oskarsson

    hmm okey, sounded like Clove said every carrier would get X Performance first :S

  • Margaret Lawrence

    <<o. ???????????????????????????????????????????????????:::::::!bw751p:….,.

  • EQ

    It’s like that but CPU/GPU aint all to it. More than often it implies that battery life will suffer and heat will not be manageable at full load over extended period (minutes in the case of mobiles). If manufacturers wants faster app loading they should then have lots of RAM and a cache partion in the RAM for suspended apps. There is so much more than to the SoC speed race.

    My Z1 with SD800 runs everything smoothly at 60fps regarding apps, launcher and can drive a ton of active apps in the background. 3D I couldn’t care any less for when “high-end” graphics on mobiles looks like what a PC from 2004 did.

    I just think this speed race is ridicolous. Probably started by Apple as besides their touted speed have barely anything to offer above average. Heck even multi-tasking and 2D perfomance is average on latest Iphones, it’s just 3D where it exceels (in benches with tweaks/cheats otherwise due to API).

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