Meet the Snapdragon 821, and the First Phone Running It

ZenFone 3 Deluxe

Qualcomm has just released the successor to its high-end Snapdragon 820 processor, and it already has a place on a newly-announced phone.

The Snapdragon 821 uses much of the same tech as the 820—the 600 Mbps X12 LTE modem, Ultra HD Voice, etc. In fact, the only significant change is a speed bump from 2.2 to 2.4 GHz for each of the chip’s four cores. Thus, Engadget is advising users not to dump their 820 flagships just yet:

“The 821 is designed to complement and extend the competitive strengths” of its current tech, Qualcomm says. In other words, it’ll function as an interim chip for high-end devices until the next-gen processor comes along.

In the meantime we already have our first Snapdragon 821-powered phone. Engadget’s Hong Kong correspondent Richard Lai reports that a refresh of the top-tier 5.7 inch ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe will run the 821 chip, and will also feature 6 GB of RAM and a whopping 256 GB of UFS internal storage—expandable by an additional 128 GB via micro SD. Some more details:

The rest of the features are identical, including their 1080p Super AMOLED touchscreen (with glove mode), Gorilla Glass 4, a 3,000 mAh battery, NFC, 23-megapixel f/2.0 main camera (with OIS, laser AF and dual-tone flash). 8-megapixel f/2.0 front camera and fingerprint reader on the back. The series will become available in Taiwan and Hong Kong as early as August, though we’re also told to expect the Snapdragon 821 variant to arrive later.

Hopefully for ASUS “later” means before the release of this year’s Nexus phones…

Sources: Engadget (1) (2)

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