Snapdragon 820's Kryo CPU twice as powerful and energy-efficient as Snapdragon 810

With Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 set to be available in consumer devices from the first quarter of 2016, the vendor is teasing details on the hardware powering the SoC. We've already heard about the Adreno 530 GPU, which Qualcomm claimed was 40 percent faster than the Adreno 430 used in the Snadragon 810, and now the company is detailing its custom Kryo CPU cores.

After sticking with stock ARM Cortex cores in the Snapdragon 808 and 810, Qualcomm is back to offering a CPU core with its own architecture in the upcoming 820, the Kryo. According to the vendor, the Kryo cores — clocked at 2.2GHz — will be twice as powerful and energy efficient as the Cortex A57 and A53 cores used in this year's offering. The gains are a result of the switch from 28nm to a 14nm FinFET manufacturing process, which brings Qualcomm on par with Samsung's latest Exynos 7420 SoC.

Then you have the whole improved protection against malware to consider too. While Qualcomm hasn't detailed who will be manufacturing its chips, Samsung is the most likely candidate, given that it is able to mass-produce on the 14nm node.

Source: Qualcomm

Harish Jonnalagadda
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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.

32 Comments
  • Will it run efficiently without throttling? Posted via the Android Central App
  • 2.2ghz? I thought they were clocked at 3ghz. Possibly overheating when at 3ghz. As long as at 2.2ghz there's no overheating or throttling and is still twice as powerful and efficient as the SD 810. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Hope it doesn't heat up as much to cause significant throttling. Given the 810 debacle, they should have sorted it. Posted from the completely white Nexus 4 unicorn that has *Le gasp* a physical home button!
  • Promises are like pie crust, made to be broken. After the 810, I don't believe anything Q says. Let's see the actual product, then decide how good it is.
  • The 810 was a reference design thrown together ASAP to have a 64bit option on the table. They weren't the typical custom configurations they usually design, like the 820 will be. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Qualcomm actually has a good reputation for making SoC's. The 810 was more the exception than the rule. A slight misstep. Think of it as Samsung's Galaxy Note 5... Ha ha ha ha. Posted via the Android Central App
  • +1 Posted via the Android Central App
  • Damn first quarter of 2016 guess this will be in the LG Flex 2. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You mean LG Flex 3?
  • Now will this beat the Exynos 7420? Posted via the Android Central App
  • ^this^ Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yes it will, the Adreno GPU is already better than anything on Exynos, second it will run on the new 14. nm fab process which means it will cooler and be more efficient. This new chip will be a beast. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You guys do know that the 14nm chips are produced by Samsung. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Your point? The processor is still designed by Qualcomm. Samsung also has produced Apple's A chips - which were designed by Apple. Like TSMC, chip production is just another thing that Samsung does for other companies. Posted via the Android Central App
  • ^^ This Designing an Soc is different from being a contractor that manufactures the chip for someone else. Posted via the Android Central App
  • 14 nm may be new to qualcomm but the 7420 has had that since the s6. Check out the new Nexus! https://youtu.be/u3uFOavLo_w, not a Rick roll
  • Define "beat." The Note 5 is stupid fast. Perhaps the 820 will appease spec sheet maniacs but the Exynos is way more than I need at least. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yeah qc lost a year here and has fallen behind. Check out the new Nexus! https://youtu.be/u3uFOavLo_w, not a Rick roll
  • Google Global Foundries. All the technology is here in Malta, NY to build the 14nm platform. Samsung is one of their current customers now. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Global Foundries and Samsung co-developed 14nm process.
  • ehh Intel was the one way ahead developing at 14nm. So ahead they ran into problems lol the manufacturing technology just wasn't where it needed to be to move on to the next step (the process kept yielding so high (it had huge defect density) remember Intel has and continues to set the pace for the semiconductor industry.
  • I'll reserve judgement Posted via the Android Central App
  • i think its all a scam! how can you keep making something twice as good as last years. they could have made this last year im sure but theres no money there.
  • No they couldn't, reading is fundamental. Posted via the Android Central App
  • so what did i not read that declares with out a shadow of a doubt that this couldn't have been done last year?
  • They went with arm for this year instead of sticking with what they know. In addition, Samsung has the 14nm process, and I am sure that since that was new, the capacity was not there to support qc as well. It was impossible Check out the new Nexus! https://youtu.be/u3uFOavLo_w, not a Rick roll
  • I understand what you're saying and I buy into it in part. Every year they come out with something twice as fast and efficient like they just discovered it. Truth is that whatever is 1 year and 2 years and maybe even beyond is already in the labs but it's really not in their best interest to deploy something so advanced that they won't have anything to best it within next year's product cycle. Posted via the Android Central App
  • There is a huge gap between having the tech and being able to produce the tech. In theory you could make a 1 nm cpu. In reality the process to make it is not there. We are talking that these things are made on an atomic level. For instance, a germ is 1000nm. This is 14. Check out the new Nexus! https://youtu.be/u3uFOavLo_w, not a Rick roll
  • Something can be twice as fast but only show slight real world performance gains. Like maybe a processor that is twice as fast can load something in 25 microseconds instead of 50 microseconds. That's twice as fast but we will never see the difference.
  • Minus the heat hopefully Posted via the Android Central App
  • You can say the same for the next Exynos. 120 degrees Fahrenheit (which the Galaxy S6 reaches when benchmarking) is enough to damage human flesh. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The problem is no Android apps come even close to pushing current or even 3 year old phone SOCs so all that power in the 820 will be wasted, and since manufacturers like Samsung essentially make their phones disposable with no upgradable memory and incredibly difficult to change battery that when the software catches up to the hardware those phones will be in the trash.