Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC Rides on the Success of the Snapdragon 820
Popular US Chip maker, Qualcomm has confirmed the long speculated ‘improved variant of the Snapdragon 820 SoC’ as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC (MSM8996 Pro) and not the Snapdragon 823 as some other sources speculated.
The newer mobile processor builds on the impressive success of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, which has been used in over 115 premium smartphones and tablets including flagship devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S7 (and S7 Edge), HTC 10, LG G5, Sony Xperia X, Xiaomi Mi 5, and LeEco Le Max 2.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC is engineered to deliver faster speed, improved power savings and greater application performance. It delivers 10% increase in performance over the SD820 with the quad-core custom 64-bit Qualcomm Kyro cores clocked up to 2.4GHz an increase over the previous maximum of 2.15GHz.
From the look of things, the Snapdragon 821 is not the direct SD820 SoC successor and more or less a stopgap for the next flagship SoC. Full details of the SD821 has not been revealed yet. The chip will reportedly make its debuts in devices to be released by H2 2016 as one of the devices from LeEco (LeEco LEX720) has been spotted on benchmark with the SoC.