Qualcomm Officially Unveils the Snapdragon 820 Processor

/ 4 years ago

Snapdragon 820 Processor 1

Qualcomm has officially unveiled its new Snapdragon 820 Processor at an event in New York City. A number of leaks have already revealed the Snapdragon 820’s benchmark, as well as rumours that the chip is prone to overheating.

“As one of the most cutting-edge mobile processors ever created,” Qualcomm’s site reads, “the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 processor with X12 LTE supports the ultimate in connectivity, graphics, photography, power and battery efficiency.”

Snapdragon 820 Processor 2

The Snapdragon 820 is X12 LTE-enabled through its new set of modems, capable of achieving Cat 12 downlink speeds of up to 600Mbps vai 3x20MHz Carrier Aggregation support, 33% faster than the X10 LTE equivalent, plus Cat 13 uplink speeds of up to 150Mbps though 64-QAM (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation) support.

Snapdragon 820 Processor 3

Qualcomm’s chip features a Quad-core, custom 64-bit Kyro CPU (of up to 2.2GHz) and a Hexagon 680 DPS, bringing with them improvements to performance (double the previous iteration) and battery life, plus an Adreno 530 GPU, increasing graphics performance by 40% while drawing less power than the Adreno 430. The chip supports camera sensors of up to 28-megapixels, 4K video capture, playback, and display output, and LPDDR4 1866MHz dual-channel RAM. It also supports Quick Charge 3.0, USB 3.0, and Bluetooth 3.0.

Full specifications for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820:


Up to 2.2 GHz quad-core (Quad-core custom 64-bit Qualcomm® Kryo™)


Qualcomm® Adreno™ 530 GPU

Up to OpenGL ES 3.1+


Qualcomm® Hexagon™ 680 DSP


Up to 28 MP

Qualcomm® Spectra™ Image Sensor Processor (14-bit dual-ISP)


Up to 4K Ultra HD capture and playback

H.264 (AVC)

H.265 (HEVC)


4K Ultra HD on-device

4K Ultra HD output

1080p and 4K external display support


Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 3.0   LTE Connectivity

LTE Connectivity

Snapdragon X12 LTE with Global Mode

LTE Cat 12/13 (up to 600 Mbps DL 150 Mbps UL)

Up to 600 Mbps, 256-QAM DL

Up to 150 Mbps UL, 64-QAM UL

Carrier Aggregation

3x20MHz DL, 2X20MHz UL

Global Mode

  • LTE FDD and TDD
  • EV-DO and CDMA 1x

Additional features include:

  • LTE/Wi-FI link aggregation
  • LTE-U
  • LTE Broadcast
  • LTE Dual SIM, Dual Active (DSDA)
  • HD Voice over 3G and VoLTE
  • Wi-Fi calling with LTE call continuity


Qualcomm® VIVE™ 802.11ac


Tri-band Wi-Fi


Qualcomm® RF360™ front end solution


Qualcomm® IZat™ Gen8C Security


Qualcomm® Haven™ Security Suite:

  • Qualcomm® SecureMSM™ hardware and software
  • Snapdragon StudioAccess™ Content Protection
  • Qualcomm® SafeSwitch™ theft prevention solution
  • Qualcomm® Snapdragon Sense™ ID 3D fingerprint technology
  • Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Smart Protect


UFS 2.0

eMMC 5.1

SD 3.0 (UHS-I)


LPDDR4 1866MHz dual-channel

Process Technology

14 nm


USB 3.0/2.0


Bluetooth 4.1



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