The year 2015 has so far been amazing when it comes to the smartphone world, especially Android.
New features, functionalities, as well as a new OS, have come in with lots of changes and improvements, but it seems there is even more to drive you towards buying a newer phone in 2016.
Usually, the quality of phones is determined by the processing power, specs, features, design as well as price. Many of 2015’s Android flagships are running on Qualcomm chipsets, and the U.S.-based company has now released a newer version of its flagship processor in the shape of Snapdragon 820. This processor will be available in smartphones as from next year and according to the company, it will be much faster and more feature-laden.
The outgoing Snapdragon 810 promised lots of things during its launch, but it lived up to very few of them, with some reports claiming that it was responsible for the overheating issues these flagships were going through. As a result, manufacturers like LG and Samsung went for other chipsets instead of the one from Qualcomm. It is time for the Snapdragon 820 to make amends and undo all of the damage caused by its predecessor.
With this in mind, here are the top 5 features that will probably separate this year’s models and 2016 models.
Recognition of object and scene in photos
Facial recognition is not anything new to the current imaging technology. However, Qualcomm wants to take everything you know about this aspect to the next level with the new Snapdragon 820 as it debuts real-time object and scene recognition.
Simply hold your phone up and it will tell the kind of object or scene being captured, be it a plate of pizza or a rocky scene. In short, be ready to say goodbye to manual tagging as the auto mode on snappers is getting even much better.
Once the new chipset is in play, users of next year’s smartphones will be able to instruct the phone to zoom in on one object, and it will automatically do so.
Extremely fast connections
In the recent past, there have been huge developments in Wi-Fi as the 802.11ac standard and Multipleinput/multiple-output (MIMO) technology came in. However, the new Snapdragon 820 will be taking this to the next heights with support for multiple-user MIMO or simply MU-MIMO, which comes in to improve the bandwidth for all devices that are connected to a given Wi-Fi hotspot. The 802.11ad standard is capable of high throughput that will ensure you get insanely fast internet.
The new Snapdragon 820-powered phones will also come with an integrated modem that takes advantage of LTE-U as well as Cat 12 LTE to provide users with maximum download speeds of 600 Mbps.
For a long time, it has been possible to create virtual surround sound experiences on many devices with the help of headphones. This will be no more as the latest Qualcomm chipset will enable surround sound through the speakers of the phone. You will enjoy perfect sound on the direction or distance you are seated from the device.
When designing the new Snapdragon 820, there is no doubt that Qualcomm had virtual reality (VR) in mind. The aspect of surround sound in the device’s internal speakers is one pointer towards Qualcomm’s desire for VR.
It is possible for the CPU and the Adreno 530 graphics processor to work together in rendering high-resolution 3D content in real time. According to the chip’s maker, this process will require 40% less power as compared to last year’s Snapdragon 810. Also, driving 4K videos will be possible on devices using this new chip.
Improved fingerprint sensors
When it comes to user convenience, fingerprint sensors are no longer an option, as long as they are perfect. In thecase of a sticky finger, you can be in for a shock; however, Qualcomm seems to be doing something about this aspect.
The Snapdragon 820 chip will be launched alongside the SenseID sensor, and it will take advantage of the ultrasonics that scan even the smallest ridges on a print as well as a liquid sheen that can make things more accurate when scanning.
Also, smartphone OEMs will have more room for placing the sensor, be it in the capacitive buttons located under the screen or the metal chassis.