Qualcomm is moving back to custom CPU cores — called Kyro — in the Snapdragon 820, with a new report out of South Korea stating that the 64-bit cores will be clocked at 3.0GHz.


Samsung is said to manufacture the SoC, which Qualcomm revealed during the unveil of the Snapdragon 820 would be built on a "leading-edge FinFET process." Samsung switched to a 14nm FinFET manufacturing process this year with the latest-generation Exynos SoC, which is used in the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge.

This isn't the first time we're hearing about Samsung being a possible manufacturer for the Snapdragon 820. In April, a report out of Re/code — citing anonymous sources — suggested that Qualcomm was looking to shift production to Samsung from Taiwan's TSMC in a bid to regain the South Korean manufacturer as a client.

The Korean report states that HTC, Sony, and Xiaomi will be the first manufacturers to test the Snapdragon 820. The shift to a 14nm process would give Qualcomm the ability to design a more energy-efficient SoC, an issue that has plagued the chip vendor this year.

Source: Mobile-dad (translated)