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Qualcomm: Snapdragon 820 will make next year’s smartphones 40% faster

Qualcomm has detailed its next-generation Snapdragon 820 chipset at a launch event in New York.

The US chipmaker, which turned 30 years old this year, showed off the new chip, which is set to appear in many of 2016’s flagship smartphones.

Speaking at the event, Derek Aberle, President of Qualcomm Inc., said: “We’re very excited about the 820. We’ve got 60+ designs already underway.”

The new chipset uses Qualcomm’s custom-built 64-bit Kyro CPU, paired with the new Adreno 530 GPU.

According to Aberle, the new graphics processor will offer 40% performance improvements compared to last year’s Snapdragon 810. As well as that, it’s also claimed to be 40% more power efficient.

The Snapdragon 820 is also Qualcomm’s first chipset to be built using a 14nm manufacturing process – specifically Samsung’s 2nd generation FinFET process.

It also features that Snapdragon X12 modem, which supports Cat. 12 LTE – that offers up theoretical 600Mbps download speeds, and 150Mbps upload speeds. If your network provider is so gracious, of course.

What’s more, earlier this year, Qualcomm revealed that the chip would utilise the first modem that supports LTE using unlicensed spectrum bands.

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Aberle also detailed successes for the company, revealing that Qualcomm sold 923 million MSM Snapdragon modems globally in FY15.

That works out at around 2.5 million units sold every single day over the one-year period.

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