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Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Is a Faster Chip for Fall's Flagships

Qualcomm’s current top-end Snapdragon 820 processor has pushed the power in smartphones to new levels and is featured in flagship phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S7, LG G5 and HTC 10. But today the company one-upped themselves by announcing the arrival of its next big chip -- the Snapdragon 821.

Featuring the same 14 nanometer quad-core architecture as the 820, the 821 is largely a refinement of Qualcomm’s existing flagship chip. However, by boosting clock speeds from 2.1 to 2.4-Ghz, the Snapdragon 821’s overall performance should be about 10 percent faster than the 820.

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While more specific details are hard to come by, the 821 should still include most of the features introduced on the Snapdragon 820 including its Cat.12 LTE modem and features such as Ultra HD Voice. Qualcomm did not mention if the 821 features the same Adreno 530 GPU found in the 820, or something newer and faster.

Qualcomm says Snapdragon 821-powered devices should start showing up in the second half of 2016, and while no smartphone makers have explicitly said they will be using the 821 in an upcoming phone, potential candidates include the upcoming Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, and whatever Nexus phone Google may or may not be releasing later this fall.