After Snapdragon 810’s overheating issues, everyone were worried whether the next generation chip, the Snapdragon 820 would be plagued by the same problem. However, so far, Snapdragon 820 seems to be one of the best chipsets from the chipmaker till date and no issues about overheating have been reported yet.
This could be mainly because of the company’s decision to go back to custom cores. Four custom Kryo cores power the Snapdragon 820 and when it comes to performance, there are hardly any competitors who are as powerful as this chip.
Now, analyst Pan Jiutang from China has revealed a few details about the next-gen Snapdragon flagship chipset. While he doesn’t mention the name of the chipset, he did reveal the code, MSM8998. According to him, the next gen Qualcomm chip will continue to use Kryo cores and will be manufactured on the much more efficient 10nm process. The chip will also come with the new X16 LTE modem.
Along with this information, he further revealed that many of the flagships of 2016 will be based on Snapdragon 652 (MSM8976) chipset and not on the top-end Snapdragon 820. He adds that this is mainly because of the high cost of the latter and that Snapdragon 652 with its octa-core architecture is strong enough.
To recap, the Snapdragon 652 chipset is quite powerful, thanks to its four Cortex A72 cores. Further, the chipset is efficient with the other four cores based on Cortex A53. In the GPU department as well, the SD652 is quite powerful thanks to Qualcomm’s Adreno 510. Other features include X8 LTE with support for Cat. 7 (up to 300Mbps download), quad HD display support and Hexagon DSP. [source]