#Qualcomm has officially taken the wraps off the Snapdragon 821 SoC, which comes with the same architecture as the Snapdragon 820, but with an overclocked GPU and CPU cores. So in essence, this is merely a placeholder until the real upgrade comes along (Snapdragon 830). The Snapdragon 820 is one of the most preferred SoCs this year, even though users have complained about the battery life. However, one would hope that battery life would be slightly improved here, although we won’t place our bets on it especially since it features overclocked CPU and GPU cores.
As for the devices that will feature this chip, well it seems like the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 might be the first to have the honor (well, the American variant anyway). However, we’ve come across contrasting reports about the CPU running on the Note 7, so we can’t say anything with certainty yet. But any other flagships launching this year, like the HTC Nexus phones for example, will probably run the Snapdragon 821 out of the box.
The octa-core Snapdragon 830 is expected to steal the show in 2017, but until then, the Snapdragon 821 will have to suffice.
Via: Anand Tech