The new Snapdragon 821 chipset, as previously rumoured, features a faster KRYO CPU — 2.4GHz versus 2.2GHz. And while this might not sound like much, the additional work that has gone into the chipset’s architecture in the months since the release of the Snapdragon 820 will also likely yield some impressive performance boosts.
“Building on the technology leadership introduced with the Snapdragon 820 platform,” said Qualcomm, “the 821 is engineered to deliver faster speed, improved power savings, and greater application performance, ensuring 821 powered devices keep pace with the growing performance demands of users to deliver the unmatched user experiences the Snapdragon 800 tier is known for.
“The Snapdragon 821 is engineered to deliver a 10% performance increase over the 820 with the Qualcomm Kryo quad-core CPU, reaching speeds up to 2.4GHz. Why would you introduce something to replace what many consider the best mobile processor available today? Simple, we’re not. Rather than replace the Snapdragon 820, the 821 is designed to complement and extend the competitive strengths of our Snapdragon 800 lineup.”
Qualcomm has confirmed that the chipset would land inside Android phones inside the second half of 2016, making a decent case for claims it will feature inside Google’s Nexus 2016 phones and Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 7.