Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 Could Possibly Be 10nm, Expected in 2017
Following the disappointing performance of Qualcomm’s current-generation Snapdragon 810 mobile processor, the firm quickly started working on the next iteration in the Snapdragon 820.
Early pre-release benchmarks have already shown that the Snapdragon 820 offers significantly improved performances when compared to its predecessor – that too without the throttling and overheating issues that have been observed in this year’s Snapdragon powered smartphones.
According to China’s Weibo, there has been news of the Snapdragon 830 processor. This is pretty interesting, considering that even the 820 is yet to be used in any smartphone, and is expected to debut next year.
The rumors suggest that the Snapdragon 830 will kick-start the 10nm size standardization, and should be expected to surface in 2017. According to Chinese reports, the Qualcomm chip will come with an international codename of MSM8998, and will be manufactured by Samsung.
With the news of Qualcomm ditching ARM’s Cortex series of cores and opting to use the Kryo in the Snapdragon 820, we expect the 830 to be powered by the same custom designed cores.
It’s still a long way to go till 2017 arrives, along with an entire reiteration of the best smartphones next year that money can buy. Regardless, the transition to 10nm processors will certainly be a welcoming sign, as the demand for power efficiency over intangible performance improvements takes priority in the market.