If the latest specs leaked by Chinese journalist utang n are any indication, Qualcomm’s next high-end SoC might be the comeback kid the company needs. Rumor has it that the chip will be officially announced next week should appear in phones early next year. Improvements are to be found in nearly every major aspect of the chip—C, G, imaging processor, power utilization, you name it. The impact on you: Qualcomm sells a ton of smartphone chips. They’re in nearly every major non-Apple phone sold in the U.S., outside of Samsung’s very latest products. The 810 disappointed us, but these leaked specs (which seem reasonable) point to a processor that addresses every shortcoming of the 810, then some. If these are right, the high-end phones of early 2016 will be running on one heck of an engine.

Improvements everywhere

The leaked specs list seems reasonable, appears legit in that it follows the general formatting of many of Qualcomm’s past internal marketing slide decks. It references the Snapdragon 820 by the part number (MSM8996), compares it to the Snapdragon 810 (MSM8994). So what improvements are on tap? The key takeaways are: A jump from 20nm to 14nm FinFET manufacturing: Right now, only Samsung ships high-end phones with processors built on a 14nm process, it makes for fast, cool, power-efficient SoCs. A return to custom C cores: Qualcomm switched from its own custom C core designs to ARM’s Cortex-A57 A53 cores in a big.TT configuration for the Snapdragon 808 810. th the 820, Qualcomm is back to using 4 cores of its own design, code-named Hydra. Qualcomm claims a significant 35-percent performance improvement. A new generation graphics processor: The Snapdragon 810 features an Adreno 430 G, while the 820 jumps to the 500 series (the Adreno 530, specifically). Qualcomm says its 40-percent faster with 30-percent less power utilization. Improved camera video: The new chip has faster dual image signal processors (IS), supports more advanced video decoding (4k60 decode miracast support 10-bit HEVC decode). This means more camera features better photos videos. Improved radios sensors: The low-power DS (digital signal processors) that do things like enable always-on listening have been improved for higher performance lower power. The same goes for the radios—expect better reception higher bwidth with less overall power draw. On paper, it sounds like just the ticket. Everything is faster—considerably so—while using less power generating less heat. Of course, we would expect a major new high-end chip from Qualcomm to promise nothing less. In truth, even if all these leaked specs are correct, there’s no way to verify Qualcomm’s claims until we start to test phones tablets with the new processor, that is still many months away. at’s more, the way the chip is implemented into each device can have a dramatic impact on power use, thermals, performance.