Snapdragon 820 updates: Qualcomm dismisses reports of overheating issues


Chip manufacturer Qualcomm has denied rumors claiming that their new chip in development, the Snapdragon 820, is experiencing severe overheating issues.  

Previously, rumors surfaced online that the same overheating issue that plagued the Snapdragon 810 is now starting to become a problem for the new Snapdragon 820, and that Samsung is working on a fix to the problem. 

However, in Qualcomm’s post on their official Weibo account, as reported by G For Games, the company rebuked all of the overheating rumors for the Snapdragon 820, saying that such issue has not been experienced with the chipset thus far, and that they will continue to work on improving the new Snapdragon 820. The company also added that as of the moment, the unit had met all of their expectations. 

Qualcomm President Frank Meng previously revealed that currently, at least 30 smartphone models are in the works that will be utilizing Qualcomm’s newest and still unreleased chipset. 

The Snapdragon 820 will be coming with the new Adreno 530 GPU and will be equipped with the new 14-bit Qualcomm Spectra image signal processing unit, designed to give users DSLR-quality photos and a better visual experience on the device. The new Spectra ISP unit supports up to three simultaneous cameras  one front facing, and two rear-facing of up to 25 megapixels at a rate of 30 frames per second with zero shutter lag. 

In a press release posted back in August, Tim Leland, vice president of product management at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., said:

“We’re significantly enhancing the visual processing capabilities of Snapdragon to support next-generation user experiences related to computational photography, computer vision, virtual reality and photo-realistic graphics on mobile devices, all while maximizing battery life. 

“Qualcomm Spectra ISP, together with our Adreno 5xx-class GPU, brings an entirely new level of imaging to smartphones, and is designed to allow Snapdragon-powered devices to capture ultra-clear, vivid photos and videos regardless of motion and lighting conditions and display them with the color accuracy that nature intended. In addition, as emerging growth segments such as automotive demand more immersive visual experiences, Snapdragon 820 will enable the next generation of infotainment, computer vision and advanced processing for instrument clusters.”