Snapdragon 820 SoC will have Adreno 530 graphics, Spectra ISP

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.

Ben Funk

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    • auxy
    • 7 years ago

    “Yeah, we’ll support Vulkan and Renderscript and all those cool buzzwords!”

    then, as an aside

    “Harry, go flog that Chinese boy who makes our driver some more.”

    Seriously, Qualcomm’s GPU drivers are the worst in the business. It is really sad.

    • albundy
    • 7 years ago

    large textures? 4k video playback? and how are we supposed to do that when phone makers still default to 16GB of space with no microsd card slot? there is no space for what snapdragon is developing. i’m not naming names, but someone’s bottom line is gonna hurt!

    • BobbinThreadbare
    • 7 years ago

    According to the main programmer for Retroarch, phone CPUs were outclassing the CPUs in the 360/PS3 for about 2 years before the PS4/Xbone launched.

    GPUs were still lagging behind though.

    • Unknown-Error
    • 7 years ago

    I am 40% impressed by the GPU.

    • Atradeimos
    • 7 years ago

    Also with an equivalent amount of whining.

    • Ninjitsu
    • 7 years ago

    Such complex humour

    • Ninjitsu
    • 7 years ago

    THE ONLY THING INTEL CAN DO BETTER THAN 40% ARE MARGINS!

    • blastdoor
    • 7 years ago

    I look forward to learning more about the CPU part of the SOC. Can it compete with the A72 cores in the Exynos?

    • wingless
    • 7 years ago

    With Vulkan dropping, our cellphones could damnnear replace a console in a couple of years.

    • WhatMeWorry
    • 7 years ago

    Strange that they went with an image of a bathroom with a rug that says Qualcomm Snapdragon. Is this a subliminal message that we can wipe our feet or drip all over it?

    • DreadCthulhu
    • 7 years ago

    Well, Adreno is an anagram of Radeon . . . 😉

    • Milo Burke
    • 7 years ago

    There’s that 40% over and over again. Welch, are Qualcomm and AMD the same company?

    • DreadCthulhu
    • 7 years ago

    Square root of an negative number? I am pretty sure you are just making things up at this point.

    • Duct Tape Dude
    • 7 years ago

    I hope this is a return to form for Qualcomm. The 810 didn’t help anyone.

    On the other hand, they now sound like a perfect fit for an AMD merger with 40% everything.

    • chuckula
    • 7 years ago

    Nonsense. That number is totally rational.

    You want something insane? Try sqrt (-2). It’s not only irrational, it has serious reality issues.

    • NoOne ButMe
    • 7 years ago

    Hehe 🙂
    Surprises all around in this one… ^_^

    • anotherengineer
    • 7 years ago

    pfffffffffffffffffffffffffff
    this is an insane number

    923546637463436786187614634113614136873687468736873146187639817638416546841917684968419681461461796141971198416871461496841684136419681465149498419684984368

    • southrncomfortjm
    • 7 years ago

    Word is it will come with a closed loop water cooler.

    • sweatshopking
    • 7 years ago

    these numbers are insane if true.

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