Snapdragon 820 Specifications and Overview

Release: December 2015


This chipset has 4xARMv8 ISA compliant CPU(s) with 2048 KB L2 cache. It belongs to the high-end category of chipsets that can easily run most apps out there. The lower clocked CPU is used under battery saving conditions while both of them may be activated under extreme workloads such as gaming, benchmarking or multitasking but it depends on whether App will effectively use all the CPUs or not.

Number of Cores

This System on Chip has 4 cores clocked at 3.0 GHz. It can provide extremely high levels of performance with maximum efficiency for today's apps and multitasking. Cores of a SoC have a great impact on the performance as they determine the how the workload is distributed across the chipset as well as the maximum number of apps that can run without stuttering on the smartphone/tab etc.


This SoC was built on Hydra architecture which was announced in 2015.


This SoC was built on 14nm lithography which results in extremely efficient performance.

Maximum Camera Support

This SoC can effectively support a 28 MP camera at max indicating that it is mostly used on flagship level mobile devices

64 Bit

This processor has 64-bit support.
64-bit support allows a SoC to manage more data along its bus width and allow more quantity of RAM to be paired with the chipset. Apps also run more easily and efficiently on 64 Bit processors.


This chipset has Adreno 530. It has DirectX 12 and OpenCL API(s) running on it resulting in reduced overheads and extremely smooth graphical performance within games and movies. Graphically demanding apps will run properly on this SoC.

Difference between Snapdragon 820 and 810

Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 has 4 more cores compared to the upcoming Snapdragon 820, however, the latter is being manufactured on 14nm lithography with new architecture which promises up to at least 30% performance boost from the previous flagship.

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