Snapdragon 820 SoC will have Adreno 530 graphics, Spectra ISP


— 7:28 AM on August 12, 2015

This has been a tough year for Qualcomm's chipmaking business, but the company hopes to turn its fortunes around with the newly-announced Snapdragon 820. The company isn't revealing anything about the CPU portion of the SoC today, but it is talking about the updated Adreno 530 GPU and Spectra image signal processor (ISP).

The Adreno 530 will handle graphics duties on the new SoC. The company claims new techniques for rendering, compression, and compositing in the Adreno 530 will result in a performance increase of up to 40% over the current Adreno 430, while consuming 40% less power. This graphics processor will also support OpenGL ES 3.1 with Android extensions, Vulkan, OpenCL 2.0, and Renderscript. Ultra HD 4K video playback at 60Hz will be supported over HDMI 2.0. The image above is a still captured from an Unreal Engine demo that shows off the new Adreno's graphics chops with large textures and intricate lighting effects.

As for image capture, Qualcomm says the Spectra ISP features dual processors and support for 14-bit color depth, and it's also claimed to be able to support up to three simultaneous camera inputs with no shutter lag. The Spectra includes flexible auto-focus methods using multiple sensors, too. Compared to its previous-generation ISPs, the company says these improvements will improve color accuracy and reduce noise in low-light situations. The Spectra can also purportedly record "25-megapixel video" at up to 30 frames per second.

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