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Qualcomm says Snapdragon 820 will not feature on devices until early 2016

Snapdragon 820

According to a new announcement from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 820 SoC will be available on devices starting from the first half of 2016. This is bad news for fans expecting to see the new Qualcomm silicon on board the upcoming range of flagships, which includes two new Nexus smartphones.

Speaking about the capabilities of the Snapdragon 820, Qualcomm said that it will introduce support for improved cameras and an all new Adreno 530 GPU, which should take gaming and graphics in general to the next level.

This announcement also leaves some questions unanswered with regards to upcoming devices. More importantly, which chipset will Google approve for use in the LG Nexus and the Huawei Nexus smartphones? These are the only major device announcements for the year, so it will be interesting to see how it will be handled.

One possible guess is that the new v.2.1 of the Snapdragon 810 will be used on the devices, much like OnePlus did with its recent flagship. It is also possible that Google will take the safer route by sticking to a relatively underpowered Snapdragon 808 chipset instead.

Source: Qualcomm