It’s safe to say that the Snapdragon 810 processor did not go as well as planned. The processor has been doomed with overheating issues since the beginnings, and it left Qualcomm and phone manufacturers scrambling. The latest reports suggest that Qualcomm is doing everything they can to regain credibility with the Snapdragon 820.
Qualcomm lost a major portion of their business when Samsung decided to go with their superior in-house processor, the Exynos 7420. Most notably, the Exynos 7420 was made with a 14nm process, which is much more efficient than the Snapdragon 810’s 20nm process. In order to take a shortcut, the latest reports from South Korea suggest Qualcomm has actually tapped Samsung to help with production.
To top it all off, the Snapdragon 820 will return to custom CPU cores called Kyro which can be clocked up to 3.0 GHz. The 820 will not be clocked at those speeds out of the box, but it will be able to be achieved via overclocking.
The Snapdragon 820 could first see the light of day in the latter part of this year. Among the phone manufacturers speculated to use the chipset first are HTC, Sony, and Xiaomi.