A report published by Taiwanese publication DigiTimes claims Qualcomm will release an octa-core Snapdragon 820 chip within the first half of next year.
The report claims the majority of Android OEMs such as Samsung, Huawei, Sony, LG, and ZTE products for 2016 will use octa-core processors, ‘forcing’ Qualcomm to follow the current mobile SoC trend of going with an octa-core design.
No other details have been published, but we would expect the octa-core variant of the Snapdragon 820 to be more powerful than the quad-core chip expected to begin shipping early next year. The US and Chinese variants of the Samsung Galaxy S7 are expected to be powered by the quad-core Snapdragon 820 chip. Other Android flagship smartphones planned to launch in Q1 next year will also most likely be using the quad-core Snapdragon 820 chip.