They might not sound all that exciting to the average smartphone user, but chipsets are the true force which often defines just how successful any device is. Whether it’s the latest Apple iPhone or a more budget-driven handset, the chipset is the key internal spec which wins it fans.
That’s why it’s big news when a new batch of them arrive, and this week we’ve seen both Samsung and Qualcomm announce their latest pieces of hardware, getting plenty of tech-based jaws dropping.
One of the widest used chipsets of recent times, the Snapdragon 810 is now set to be surpassed by its official successor. The Snapdragon 820 is promising twice the performance of the 810, all thanks to its improved internals, as well as offering extra efficiency to help your smartphone last longer in terms of battery life.
It links with an Adreno 530 GPU, which basically provides the graphical quality you’ll see in your phone. This means that more intensive and powerful games can be played via your phone, with the risk of lag or drops in frame rate getting lower. This Adreno effort also sips more timidly at your smartphone battery to ensure that the phone lasts even longer, which is handy.
Other hardware which is supported by the Qualcomm chipset include 4K displays and 28 megapixel cameras, whilst the chipset also allows for faster than ever battery charging.
Many of next year’s big named Android releases will pack the Snapdragon 820, with the likes of the HTC One M10, Sony Xperia Z6 and OnePlus 3 all probable homes for the hardware.
Samsung’s own chipset has also been one of the better performers on the market in recent years, so it’s no surprise to see its next Exynos model make an appearance beside the Snapdragon 820.
Similarly to the new Snapdragon hardware, the Exynos 8890 is offering up an improvement in performance at around the 30% mark. This also includes an extra 10% efficiency when it comes to power consumption, whether this means we’ll get an extra 10% of battery life is another matter.
As expected, a new GPU makes the cut, allowing for even better graphical performance when it comes to gaming. 4K UHD resolution displays are also supported by the Samsung chipset, possibly suggesting that many of the new phones will rock this kind of display.
The chip is widely expected to make the cut on the Samsung Galaxy S7, but will also be probable in most other Samsung flagships – like the Note6 and Galaxy S7 Edge.
Written by Luke Hatfield