Qualcomm today announced the Snapdragon 821 chipset. As its model number is very close to that of the Snapdragon 820 featured in 2016’s flagships, you might guess that the Snapdragon 821 is only a small improvement.
Well, you’d guess right. The Snapdragon 821 is essentially a Snapdragon 820, only its clock speeds have been increased from 2.1GHz to 2.4GHz, resulting in a power increase of around 10%.
Everything else is on the line of parity, including its use of its ultra-fast 600 megabit X12 LTE modem. Qualcomm is unsurprisingly treating the Snapdragon 821 as a stepping stone for the next generation of their chipsets. Some phones — such as 2nd half options from Samsung, LG, and more — are likely to launch with it later this year
That said, if you have your eye on a phone that uses a Snapdragon 820 now, we’d say it’s perfectly fine to scoop it up — there isn’t much reason to hold out for such a minuscule improvement.