Samsung is now mass producing Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 SoC

Samsung has confirmed that it is manufacturing Qualcomm's next-generation Snapdragon 820 chips. The new processors are set to power upcoming smartphones starting with the Le Max Pro smartphone launched at CES earlier this month.

The announcement means Samsung has finally won the contract to manufacture Snapdragon 820 chips by defeating staunch rival Taiwanese Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) which used to produce the Snapdragon 810 ones.

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 chip is the second new processor to be launched with a smartphone after Huawei debuted the Kirin 950 processor with the Huawei Mate 8 that was showcased at CES last week. Samsung is reportedly set to launch its home-grown Exynos 8890 processor with the Galaxy S7 series phones at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month. Both Exynos 8890 and Snapdragon 820 are said to offer similar performance and speed.

Le Max Pro: The first smartphone powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chip

The Snapdragon 820 processor features a X12 LTE modem that offers download speeds of up to 600 Mbps. In contrast, Snapdragon 810 offers just 450 Mbps. The chip will also triple upload speeds to up to 150 Mbps and will let you stream multiple 4K Ultra HD videos with faster Wi-Fi support. The Adreno 530 GPU also offers 40 per cent improvement to graphics, computing and power usage compared to the existing Adreno 430 GPU in the Snapdragon 810 chip.

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Thanks to the new processor, future smartphones will also be able to sport cameras with resolutions of up to 25MP. The 14-bit Qualcomm Spectra™ Image Signal Processor (ISP) in the new chip also offers zero shutter lag in smartphone cameras. If you need better Wi-Fi connectivity on your phone, the Snapdragon 820 will make it twice or thrice as fast as the speed offered by the Snapdragon 810.

The existing Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chip

The new processor will also support premium features like 4K Ultra HD display, wireless charging, tri-band Wi-Fi, NFC and Wi-Fi calling with LTE call continuity. Despite being quad core instead of octa-core, it delivers a much better performance and consumes lesser power than the latter.

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"Samsung's new 14nm LPP process delivers up to 15 percent higher speed and 15 percent less power consumption over the previous 14nm Low-Power Early process through improvements in transistor structure and process optimisation. In addition, use of fully depleted FinFET transistors brings enhanced manufacturing capabilities to overcome scaling limitations," said Samsung while making the announcement. 

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