2015 was a bit of a disappointing year for Qualcomm. The company went through many iterations of its Snapdragon 810 chipset due to abundant overheating complaints, and lost many a sale to Samsung’s Exynos 8890 chip, which turned out to be the most successful mobile processor of the year. With 2015 well behind us though, Qualcomm is looking to the future to make 2016 and 2017 the most successful set of years in recent history.
Though the Snapdragon 820 has yet to have been released, Qualcomm are setting their sights on their 830 chip, which looks to refine their processor technology to 10nm along with other microprocessor manufacturers such as Intel. According to a credible source out of China, the 830 chip will have support for up to 8GB of RAM. While that doesn’t seem like an incredible leap over today’s 4GB limit, having 8GB of memory in your pocket computer could open the door to much more complicated computation, allowing for more intensive tasks such as 3D modeling and video editing. While there is obviously a very large gap between the computing power of a full desktop or even laptop over the average smartphone, that chasm is closing extremely rapidly, and we could see some sort of absolute merging of the technologies as soon as 2020.
While we’re waiting for the Snapdragon 830 though, we should have some interesting releases to keep us entertained. Samsung is debuting its new Galaxy S7 line of smartphones next month at Mobile World Congress, which feature the new Exynos 8890 processor. It likely won’t be long until we see Qualcomm step up to the plate with the Snapdragon 820, especially with the LG G5 and new HTC device rumored to be released around the same time.
However these chipsets perform, it’ll be interesting to see how the competition stacks up.
Who’s excited for 2017?