Qualcomm has revealed that devices powered by the new Snapdragon 820 processor will begin appearing in the first half of 2016. The revelation was made as the company announced new Adreno GPUs for its next generation of processors in the Snapdragon 820 and 620/618.
While Qualcomm did not provide details on what these new smartphones would be; although it has included information about the new Adreno GPU and Spectra Camera Image Signal Processor (ISP). The Qualcomm Adreno 530 will accompany the Snapdragon 820, and Qualcomm is saying that it will provide 40-percent better performance over its predecessor. This is in addition to a 40-percent decrease in power consumption to preserve battery life.
On the other hand, there was no information for the slightly less powerful Adreno 510, which is intended for the Snapdragon 620/618.
The Qualcomm Spectra ISP will be the companies’ most advanced dual-imaging signal processing unit to-date. It features 14-bit dual ISPs supporting up to three simultaneous cameras and up to 25 megapixels at 30 frames per-second. The triple camera capability is interesting, and could lead to more mobile devices with a dual camera setup.
Qualcomm is working to repair the damage done to its image due to issues with the Snapdragon 810, and it looks like the 820 will get it back on track. That being said, rumours about devices running the Snapdragon 820 are sparse at the moment and only time will tell if this is enough to rescue the microprocessor maker.