Six months after the first Snapdragon 820 devices made their debut, Qualcomm is announcing the Snapdragon 821 SoC with a 10% performance gain. The Snapdragon 821 will retain a quad-core Kryo CPU cluster, but will offer faster cores clocked at 2.4GHz (the 820 maxed out at 2.15GHz). The first batch of devices powered by the Snapdragon 821 will be launching in the second half of the year, lining up nicely with the expected debut of the Galaxy Note 7.
In a blog post, Qualcomm mentioned that the Snapdragon 821 will "complement" its high-end SoC lineup:
We'll have more to share about the Snapdragon 821 in the coming months.
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Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.