Qualcomm is the biggest player in the mobile processor game in many regions of the globe. Unfortunately, we Americans don’t get much competition. That means we’re bound to see a lot of the Snapdragon 821, Qualcomm’s new flagship processor, and today the company detailed the improvements it made to the Snapdragon 821 over the 820 model.
The 821 chip is overall faster than its predecessor, with up to 10% faster CPU speeds and up to 5% faster GPU speeds. Thankfully, it also has a 5% power savings over the 820.
Qualcomm also says that the SD 821 supports the Snapdragon VR SDK and is compatible with Google Daydream. There are also improvements to autofocus, including dual PD and extended range for laser autofocus.
The first device to use the Snapdragon 821 will be the ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe, but more manufacturers will soon start using it. It came a little too late for devices like the Galaxy Note 7, but we’ll start seeing new devices with the SD 821 soon. Hopefully it remains competitive, as SoC choices are only growing.