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Snapdragon 820 leak shows it could be stunning for mobile gaming

After the disappointing inferno of the Snapdragon 810 this year, Qualcomm could make serious amends with the new Snapdragon 820 processor, which has just leaked ahead of its rumoured August 11th launch.

The Snapdragon 820 packs a 64-bit Hydra processor which is said to boost a phone’s performance by 35% compared with the Snapdragon 810, on top of a 40% performance improvement from the GPU. In a nutshell, that means the Snapdragon 820 will likely come packed inside flagship phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S7 early next year, and provide silky smooth frame rates when playing action-packed games.

Recent internet rumours suggested that the Snapdragon 820 would prove just as hot as its predecessor, for all of the wrong reasons. However, this fresh leak shows that Qualcomm has understandably focused on heat reduction, with mention of ‘significant Power/Thermal improvements’ in the overview. Of course, that’s no guarantee that the chipset will perform as promised in real life.

We’re sure that the Snapdragon 820 will be subject to plenty of rigorous testing when it emerges later this month, and we really do have all of our extremities crossed that it can perform as promised while keeping its cool.


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