CHIPMAKER QUALCOMM has announced a new mobile processor, the Snapdragon 821, which it claims is 10 per cent faster than the Snapdragon 820 before it.
The speed boost is thanks to Qualcomm bumping the clock rate of the 14nm chip from 2.1GHz to 2.4GHz, making the 821 the company's fastest mobile chip to date.
There's no need to be miffed if you've just picked up a Snapdragon 820 smartphone, though, as Qualcomm explained that the 821 isn't going to replace it. Instead, the 821 is "designed to complement and extend the competitive strengths" of its current tech.
What's more, beyond the speed boost, which Qualcomm claimed will also provide better app performance and battery life, there not much new inside the Snapdragon 821.
There is the same 600 Mbps X12 LTE modem as the Snapdragon 820, along with Ultra HD Voice and Upload+ tech for improved call quality and faster downloads.
Qualcomm said in a blog post: "Building on the technology leadership introduced with the Snapdragon 820 platform, the 821 is engineered to deliver faster speed, improved power savings, and greater application performance, ensuring 821-powered devices keep pace with the growing performance demands of users to deliver the unmatched experiences the Snapdragon 800 tier is known for."
Qualcomm added that the first Snapdragon 812-powered devices will debut in the second half of 2016, a big hint that the chip will appear in Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 and Google's next-generation Nexus devices.
It won't be limited to smartphones, however, as Qualcomm said that the chip will be used for "mobile VR head-mounted displays and other new devices".
Qualcomm announced late last month that the Snapdragon 820 will be optimised for Google's Tango augmented reality platform, noting that all future 800 Series chips will support it too.
This suggests that one of those "new devices" Qualcomm referred to could be an upcoming Snapdragon-powered Tango smartphone. µ
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