Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 chipset to feature in devices launched after September 2016

This also heralds the release of smartphone-free VR headsets.

Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 821 processor is nearly 10% faster than its predecessor the Snapdragon 820 processor. It has made clear that the Snapdragon 821 is not a replacement for the Snapdragon 820, which is currently featured in high-end smartphones including Xperia X Performance, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and the HTC 10.

According to Qualcomm, “the 821 is designed to complement and extend the competitive strengths” of its technologies, which is a clever way of saying that it will function as the top dog, until it is surpassed by its successor.

In order to hit higher clock speeds, Qualcomm has capitalized on the Snapdragon 820’s 600Mpbs X12 TW modem, Upload+ and Ultra HD Voice tech technologies. While the Snapdragon 820 had a clock speed of 2.1Ghz, the 821 runs at 2.4Ghz.

Despite the speed hike, the new processor still delivers a good battery life and improved app performance.

Don’t hold your breath though for the new processor to be installed in upcoming gadgets as Qualcomm is keeping its cards close to its chest.

Potential candidates includes ASUS ZenFone 3 and HTC’s upcoming Nexus Phone. Qualcomm has disclosed that the chipset will be used in “mobile VR head mounted displays and other new devices,” including tablets and smartphones.

This means that we could soon witness the launch of standalone VR headsets which don’t require a smartphone, such as Samsung’s Gear VR. Google had confirmed this at its I/O conference earlier in May this year.

As per Qualcomm “you can expect commercial devices powered by the 821 in the second half of 2016”.

I will keep you fully updated covered until then. No worries.

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