Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor is one of the most powerful smartphone chips on the market at the moment, but there’s mounting evidence that a faster version is on the way.
A few months ago, rumors started making the rounds that Qualcomm had a chip called the Snapdragon 821 or 823, and now Asus may have spilled the beans, because spec sheets for the company’s upcoming Zenfone 3 Deluxe suggest that the phone will be available with two different chip options: Snapdragon 820 or Snapdragon 821.
So what’s the difference between the two processors? Not much. Both are expected to be 14nm chips with four of Qualcomm’s Kryo CPU cores and Adreno 530 graphics.
But while the Snapdragon 820 has a top speed of 2.2 GHz, the Snapdragon 821 is said to max out at 2.3 GHz.
If the Asus press materials are correct, it’s likely that the Zenfone 3 Deluxe could be one of the first phones with the new chip, but I doubt it’ll be the last. Chinese phone maker LeEco is expected to launch one soon as well.
The Snapdragon 821 (or 823, if that’s what it ends up being called), will likely be Qualcomm’s flagship processor until the Snapdragon 830 is ready to go, probably in 2017.