QUALCOMM HAS been detailing more about its upcoming Snapdragon 820 SoC, which appears to be about to beat the pants off everything in its wake.
In spite of the Snapdragon 810 having a few teething problems, what with running hotter than a Macdonald's apple pie filling, time waits for no man and its successor is on the table. And it's bonkers.
It works on a principle of heterogeneous computing - in other words the CPU, GPU and DSP can share cores. This means that, for example, when streaming a movie, which involves rendering and very little else, all the runtime can go towards the quality of the picture.
This is controlled by Symphony, the chip's new management tool which controls the prioritisation and configuration of the various elements of the CPU.
The Snapdragon 820 will include Kryo, the company's first custom-designed 64-bit quad-core CPU, an Adreno 530 GPU and a Hexagon 680 DSP.
The upshot is that, because of its basis in Samsung's 14nm FinFET fab process, the Snapdragon 820 promises twice the power efficiency and performance of the 810, despite 'only' running at 2.2GHz - not a huge leap over its predecessors 1.8GHz.
The results have been striking. The fastest thing in the office is an Nvidia Shield tablet with the fabled Tegra K1 CPU, running at 2.2GHz. That scored an Antutu benchmark of 40,750. Even the Meizu MX4, the highest benchmarking device in the database, scores under 50,000. But Techgrapple has shown a leaked Antutu score for a device running the 820 of 83,774. That's over double the Nvidia Shield.
There are several pinches of salt to take with this. We know the device is running an HD screen, not a 4K screen, which will make it easier to render. We also know that the device was running Kitkat, not Lollipop.
But whatever way you slice it, that score is just bonkers. And, while we're not expecting to see 80,000+ on retail devices running the Snapdragon 820, you can expect it to be something very, very special if this leak is accurate. µ
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