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Qualcomm is one of the biggest names in the semi-conductor business and you will find their chipsets in almost all the new device ranging from smartphones to smart watches. The company’s latest processor is the snapdragon 821 which is upgraded version of the SD 820 launched earlier this year.
The processor is powered through four custom Kryo CPUs which has 2x performance and efficiency with maximum 2.2GHz clock speed and Adreno 530 GPU.
The Snapdragon 821 takes all that is good with Snapdragon 820 and adds improvements where necessary making the new chipset both efficient in power demands and performance output.
According to a recently surfaced leak through the Chinese Microblogging website Weibo, Qualcomm appears to working on making the first CPUs to use ARM’s new Cortex-A73 architecture.
The chip is destined for mid-range smartphones as it closely resembles the Snapdragon 652 processors though, significantly more powerful.
If the leaked specs are anywhere near accurate to what the final product will be, we should expect an Octa-core processor 2.0 GHz ARM Cortex-A73 CPU cores, four 1.4 GHz ARM Cortex-A53 cores, and 550 MHz Adreno graphics.
Additional features are said to include support for 1333 MHz LPDDR4 memory, eMMC 5.1 storage, USB 3.0, LTE Cat 9, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1, and cameras with resolutions up to 24MP.
The processor is tagged with the Model number MSM8976 Pro but will likely be renamed as a Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 CPU.
The biggest difference between this rumored CPU to its close cousins is the use of ARM’s new Cortex-A73 architecture as opposed to Cortex-A72 found in the previous versions.
According to ARM, the new design is aimed at virtual reality systems and other applications that require strong performance not just in short bursts, but over a sustained period.
This should aim Google in quickly adopting its Daydream VR dream for the masses. Under some conditions, the new architecture should offer 30 percent better sustained performance and power efficiency.