updated 10:21 am EDT, Mon April 7, 2014
New Snapdragon processors set to be used in mobile devices in early 2015
Qualcomm has revealed its next generation of mobile processors in the Snapdragon 800 range. The Snapdragon 810 and Snapdragon 808, set to appear in mobile devices in 2015, both use Qualcomm's fourth-generation Cat 6 LTE Advance multimode modem with support for 3x20MHz carrier aggregation, potentially allowing for connection speeds as high as 300Mbps.
The two 64-bit 20nm-based chips are relatively similar, though the 810 is decidedly the more useful of the two for future high-specification smartphones. The Snapdragon 810 combines four Cortex-A57 cores with four Cortex-A53 cores, allowing for it to switch between the two depending on the amount of power required for tasks. Using the Adreno 430 GPU, which is said to be 30-percent faster than the preceding Adreno 420 GPU, the system on chip is built to support 4K-resolution displays. It also includes support for LPDDR4 memory, external 4K display support over HDMI 1.4, Bluetooth 4.1, USB 3.0, NFC, Qualcomm's Izat location services, and two-stream MIMO Wi-Fi.
Almost as impressive, as the 810, the Snapdragon 808 is designed for 2560x1600-resolution displays, using the Adreno 418 GPU. Using the same LTE-Advanced and Wi-Fi connectivity support as the 810, it uses two of the faster Cortex-A57 cores and a quad Cortex-A53 CPU, uses LPDDR3 memory, and can also support external 4K displays using HDMI 1.4.
The two processors underscore Qualcomm's commitment to "premium tier 64-bit LTE-enabled smartphones and tablets," said Murthy Renduchintala, executive vice president of Qualcomm Technologies. "These product announcements, in combination with the continued development of our next-generation custom 64-bit CPU, will ensure we have a tremendous foundation on which to innovate as we continue to push the boundaries of mobile computing performance in the years to come."
Qualcomm expects to start sending samples to manufacturers in the second half of 2014, with a view to the first devices using the processors going on sale in the first half of 2015.