Menu
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 821 will power Google Daydream phones

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 821 will power Google Daydream phones

Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 821 chip has a 10 percent faster CPU and 5 percent faster GPU than the Snapdragon 820

The first smartphones to use Google's Daydream virtual reality platform are coming later this year, and many could have Qualcomm's latest processor, the Snapdragon 821.

On Tuesday, Qualcomm shared more details about the new flagship processor, which is the company's fastest to date. It has a 10 percent faster CPU and 5 percent faster graphics processor than the Snapdragon 820, which is in top smartphones like LG's G5 and Samsung's Galaxy S7.

Mobile chip makers often tweak processor designs to improve performance. The 10 percent CPU improvement is decent considering the Snapdragon 821 and 820 are based on the same Kryo architecture. Usually such performance improvements come with architectural upgrades in chips.

Smartphones will need a lot of horsepower for Daydream, which is Google's ambitious attempt to bring virtual reality to the masses. It's designed for Android smartphones that will snap into VR headsets, letting users roam 3D worlds, interact with friends or view streaming movies.

No Daydream products are out yet, but Google has set the requirements for smartphones and headsets to support the VR platform. Smartphones will need high-resolution screens and fast CPUs and GPUs, and the headsets will need a bevy of sensors to track motion and head movement. Daydream is based on Android 7.0.

Companies developing mobile devices for Daydream include Samsung, HTC, LG, Xiaomi, Huawei, ZTE, Asus, and Alcatel. 

For developers to create mobile VR apps, Qualcomm is offering the Snapdragon VR software development kit, which will be compatible with Google Daydream.

Subscribe here for up-to-date channel news

Follow Us

Join the New Zealand Reseller News newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Featured

Slideshows

StorageCraft celebrates high achievers at its inaugural A/NZ Partner Awards

StorageCraft celebrates high achievers at its inaugural A/NZ Partner Awards

Revealed at a glitzy bash in Sydney at the Ivy Penthouse, the first StorageCraft Partner Awards locally saw the vendor honour its top-performing partners with ASI Solutions, SMBiT Pro, Webroot, ACA Pacific and Soft Solutions New Zealand taking home the top awards. Photos by Maria Stefina.

StorageCraft celebrates high achievers at its inaugural A/NZ Partner Awards
Kiwi resellers make a splash on Synnex and Lenovo RotoVegas road trip

Kiwi resellers make a splash on Synnex and Lenovo RotoVegas road trip

​Synnex and Lenovo hosted 18 resellers for an action-packed weekend adventure in RotoVegas, taking in white water rafting on the Kaituna River, as well as quad biking and dinner at Stratosfare​, overlooking Lake Rotorua at the top of Mount Ngongotaha​. Photos by Synnex.

Kiwi resellers make a splash on Synnex and Lenovo RotoVegas road trip
Show Comments