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Counting down to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 new era in mobile graphics

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Counting down to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 is about to revolutionize mobile graphics in the coming year. The makers have already reported the specifications and it appears that this processor is geared to rev up the performance of gaming, graphics, and digital photography to exceed any existing GPU and ISP (image signal processor) by at least 40 percent!Mobile enthusiasts are already up in excitement about Qualcomm’s announcements, as forums are abuzz on speculations as to which device will be the first to inherit this powerhouse processor.

Faster GPU:

The architecture of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 includes an integrated Adreno 530 GPU. This makes the Snapdragon 820 a revolution in itself, as the Adreno 530 GPU surpasses its predecessors, including the Adreno 430, not only in terms of graphics but also when it comes to power consumption. This means that hardcore mobile gamers will not need to tune down the graphic detailing in order to save power. In figures, this amounts to the power consumption being lowered by 40% and the GPU speed being improved by 40%.

Next generation digital photography:

The Qualcomm Spectra ISP is another component of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 that is sure to bring digital photographers and photography enthusiasts running into the picture. This ISP is expected to improve photograph detailing to levels of quality matched only by DSLR cameras. This ISP includes support for 14-bit sensors, allowing for greater color depth and more vibrant graphical output. Additional technologies, such as multi-sensor fusion algorithms and the hybrid autofocus feature are adapted to take digital photography to the next level.

The Spectra ISP in the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 has ground-breaking capabilities that enable it to support three cameras at the same time, without a single glitch to the quality. Its efficiency is further accentuated by the quality of its output. Its shutter lag is virtually negligible and it is able to capture high definition motion recording even at 30 frames per second.

Good news for virtual reality enthusiasts!

The announcements have delighted virtual reality developers and gamers. Ever since virtual reality emulation was converted to an affordable option with the advent of Google Cardboard, there has been an incessant need for improvement to the graphics engine of mobile devices. Developers as well as end-users are looking forward to pump up the graphics on their mobile devices while running the apps. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 is the exact magic ingredient they needed at this juncture.

HDMI 2.0 support:

With specifications like these, it is no wonder that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 has full support for HDMI 2.0 standards. This would enable any phone powered by this a Snapdragon 820 to deliver mind-blowing graphics at 60 frames per second, even to large 4K Displays. Even if the connection is established over a wireless network, the frame rate should be lowered to a more standard 30 frames per second, with zero compromise on image quality.

All eyes are now on the first half of 2016, when the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 is due to be released.



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