Apparently, There Are Going To Be Two Variants Of Snapdragon 821


According to the latest leak, Qualcomm isn’t just preparing a single version of its Snapdragon 821, but two of them, as you will find out according to the information we’ve come across.

One Snapdragon 821 Processor Will Be Clocked At A Higher Speed While The Other One Will Be Running At A Lower Frequency – Here Are All The Details

According to the Indian import and export database website Zauba, which was keenly spotted by Motog3 there are a total of two Snapdragon 821 SoC and all of their concerned details have been stated below:

The faster Snapdragon 821 features the board name MSM 8996SG (001-Y8) and will have its Kryo processor running at 2.35GHz. While this is one-half of the processor, we still do not know what the remaining dual-core CPU’s frequency is going to be running at. As for the GPU, Adreno 530 is running at 653MHz, while the second and slower variant named MSM8996SD (001-Y8) will have its processor running at the same speed (2.15GHz for the dual-core CPU), while the GPU will be clocked in at 624MHz.

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There might not be any differences between a Snapdragon 821 and Snapdragon 820 in terms of the manufacturing node and CPU design, Qualcomm will be looking to increase the base clock speed of the Kryo quad-core processor present in the upcoming chipset. While this might not matter to most, Snapdragon 821 will have a slight edge over Snapdragon 820 when pushing all those pixels on a 1440p resolution.

In terms of real-world operations, we highly doubt that you will see that much of a difference when pitting both SoCs together. Perhaps this is the reason why manufacturers tend to decrease the clock speed of Snapdragon 820’s CPU; they know that decreasing that speed will have a minute difference in performance and users will also be able to rake more battery life out of their handset, making it a win-win situation at both ends.


Higher-end smartphones like Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 are expected to pack this chipset, so let us see what sort of performance numbers are brought to the table when these devices officially land in markets.