Qualcomm Technologies this week announced a new chip, the Snapdragon 821, an upgrade to the already existing Snapdragon 820.
The company says this is not a full blown upgrade to the 820 chip, as it only offers 10% increase on performance. While the 820 chip provides a 2.15Ghz processor speed, the 821 chip can reach as much as 2.4Ghz.
Still, Qualcomm claims that the chip isn’t a replacement for the 820.
“Rather than replace the Snapdragon 820, the 821 is designed to complement and extend the competitive strengths of our Snapdragon 800 lineup,” the company said.
Qualcomm clearly dominates the mobile chip market, with most of the powerful smartphones for 2016 carrying mostly Snapdragon powered processors. However, it doesn’t say which smartphones will come with its latest processor, but industry sources say HTC’s upcoming Nexus phone and the ASUS ZenFone 3 could be powered by the 821.
The company hopes that this upgrade would help improved power saving, and better application performance, thereby enhancing customers satisfaction.