Qualcomm’s 821 boosts overall phone’s performance by 10%

Better gaming, better VR, snappier cameras. Even battery life has received a 5% boost.

Having unveiled its flagship 821 processor earlier in July, the chip manufacturer has now released more details about it. The 821 was aimed at filling the gap over the 820, which features in Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7, and the next generation processor, which possibly is in the works.

The 821’s performance is better across the board, from game performances, boot times and app loading. The overall performance is boosted by at least 10%.

Optimisations in the User Interface have also brought about a “smoother scrolling and more responsive browsing performance,” said Qualcomm.

GPU performance is boosted by 5% which should translate to a smoother VR experience. Even the phone’s battery should last you longer by 5%.

Smartphones featuring this chip will be compatible with Google’s Daydream VR system. This though is a given since the 820 chips were also compatible.

So as to get more VR developers on board, Qualcomm has released a SDK for the chip, which it said “supports a superior level of visual and audio quality and more immersive virtual reality and gaming experiences”.

Other notable features include Dual PDAF (phase detection auto-focus) support which will translate to faster camera focus.

Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe will be the first smartphone wherein this chip will be featured.

So far Qualcomm has not revealed any other devices which will feature the 821. But given the fact that the IFA 2016 is in full swing, it’s only a matter of days before more announcements are likely to be made.


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