OEMs are still waiting for Qualcomm to start delivering the Snapdragon 820 SoC, and many are thinking of other possible options, closest of which are from MediaTek.
That said, Qualcomm still seems keen on winning back the market it has lost to MediaTek in the past year or so. By ‘market’, I mean the mid-range and high-end smartphone market which Qualcomm has had to concede to MediaTek. The latter has always maintained a firm grip on entry-level and upper-entry-level phones with its super budget offerings.
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Coming back to the Snapdragon 830, the SoC is said to have a model name of MSM8998, and is purported to have a CPU built on the 10nm manufacturing process. Now 10nm would mean a seriously high efficiency, which will eventually result in greater battery life with very less energy being dissipated in the form of heat.
The Snapdragon 830 will naturally succeed the Snapdragon 820, which runs on an 14nm process.
As for the time to market for the Snapdragon 830, it is being said that the chipset will be ready to be put into phones by the second half of 2016.