Qualcomm has officially announced the Snapdragon 821 chipset, which it claims to be around 10 per cent faster than the current 820 performance chip. The chip-making giant has clarified that this isn’t a replacement chip, but rather “is designed to complement and extend the competitive strengths” of current technology. This means that the 820 will serve as a stepping stone for high-end devices until the next-gen processor comes along.
The new chip is engineered to deliver faster speeds with improved power savings and better application performance. It has increased clock speeds from 2.1GHz to 2.4GHz but otherwise borrows existing tech from the 810 chip to run faster. Qualcomm wants to set the bar with the new chip for usage by smartphones, mobile VR head-mounted displays and tablets.
As for the speculation surrounding which devices will use the new chip, Asus has also announced that its new flagship, the ZenFone 3 Deluxe, will be the first to use the Snapdragon 821 chip. Another candidate could be HTC’s upcoming nexus phone.