In the wake of a quite problematic Snapdragon 810 plagued with overheating issues, Qualcomm is believed to be working on an updated Snapdragon system on a chip to introduce its custom 64-bit CPU architecture intended to power premium mobile devices.
The upcoming Snapdragon 820 SoC is set to power the best upcoming phones to be released in the second half of 2015 as well as the 2016 flagship phones of different competing mobile phone makers.
Here's a list of phones users can expect to come powered with the upcoming Snapdragon 820:
1. LG G4 Pro
LG is expected to release the 5.8-inch G4 Pro in October. Reportedly sporting an all-metal body, the upcoming LG phablet is said to have 4 GB LPDDR4 RAM, 64 GB of internal storage, a 1,440 x 2,560 display, a whopping 27MP camera and an 8MP front camera.
2. LG Pro 3
The Pro 3 rumored specifications include the following: 6-inch touchscreen, a Quad HD display with resolution of 2,560 x 1,440, 4GB RAM, 32GB internal expandable memory via microSD card slot, 8MP front camera and a 20.7MP back camera. The device is expected to run Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box.
3. Xiaomi Mi 5 & Mi 5 Plus
Xiaomi is expected to unveil the Mi 5 and Mi 5 Plus next year, but the company has not confirmed any release date except that it will be sometime in 2016.
The rumored specifications for the Mi 5 include 3GB RAM with 16GB internal storage, 5.2-inch 2.5D glass display with 1440 x 2560 resolution and 16MP back camera. A 4GB RAM with 64GB memory option is also available for those who need more space to store their apps and media.
The Mi 5 Plus, on the other hand, features a 6-inch HD screen, 4GB RAM and a 20MP back camera.
4. Mstar S700 Pro
The Chinese newcomer to the smartphone arena is reportedly coming out with its flagship phone in October. The S700 Pro is rumored to have 4GB RAM, 32GB expandable memory, 11MP front camera and a 21MP back camera.
5. HTC Aero
Nothing much is known about HTC's upcoming mobile device except that it is rumored to have Snapdragon 820 inside. We all have to wait for HTC or some HTC insiders to reveal more details about what the Aero could look like or how it would fare in comparison to other mobile devices in the market.
6. Sony Xperia Z5
The rumored announcement date for the upcoming Sony Xperia Z5 is set for September. So far, the reports indicate that the Z5 will have 4GB of RAM, a microSD card slot for memory expansion, a 21MP camera with LED flash and Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. Besides these rumored features, no other details have been released about the Z5. We will have to wait for Sony to confirm details and hopefully by September there will be more concrete information on the upcoming Z5.
7. Nexus 5 and Nexus 6
The LG Nexus 5 is rumored to have a 5.2-inch display while the Nexus 6 is set to have a 5.7-inch, 2560 x 1440 pixel display. Both upcoming phones are reported to the have Snapdragon 820 in it. We still have to wait for more information as to the exact specifications of each model.