Qualcomm recently announced the new Snapdragon 821 chipset, a new variant of the current Snapdragon 820 flagship chip. The new variant is set to offer better and faster performance speed as compared to the original Snapdragon 820.
In a press release, Qualcomm detailed what would be the new thing coming along with the release of the new chipset variant. According to the company, the new Snapdragon 821 is engineered to deliver up to 10 percent faster and more powerful performance than the original SD820. The chip still uses a two-cluster quad-core Kryo central processing unit (CPU), but this time, it can have a processing speed of up to 2.4 GHz, from the 2.15 GHz the original SD820 can reach.
The two dual-core CPUs that the new SD821 has can reach speeds of up to 2.0 GHz for the two lower clocked ones. The original SD820 can only reach up to 1.8 GHZ on a lower clocked cluster.
One of the major features that the new chipset variant is expected to have is support for virtual reality (VR). With the rising trend of VR applications and games, even on mobile devices, Qualcomm may have designed the new Snapdragon 821 to work optimally for use in VR, delivering better experience and performance to users.
As for devices that will be running under the new chipset variant, Qualcomm said that users can expect smartphones with new Snapdragon 821 to start arriving during the second half of this year. One of the long rumored devices that was said to be sporting a higher variant of the Snapdragon 820 chipset is the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 7 flagship phablet. While it remains to be seen what the official specs of the device would be, it is expected to launch on Aug. 2.
Qualcomm has not yet polished the full list of features and specifications of the new Snapdragon 821 chipset, but is expected to do so sooner or later.