The year 2014 promises to be a big one for Qualcomm – the company presented its first 64-bit processors – the Snapdragon 410, Snapdragon 610 and Snapdragon 615 – just a few months ago, but this seems not to be enough – now Qualcomm has something new and something better – the Snapdragon 808 and 810 chips!
The newcomers represent Qualcomm’s high-end processor class and are here to retire the “old” Snapdragon 800 and Snapdragon 801 chips. Just like all processors mentioned before the Snapdragon 808 and Snapdragon 810 feature Cortex-A57 and Cortex-A53 cores on the Krait architecture.
Qualcomm’s latest chips will be made on 20 nm technology and thanks to this fact will offer much better energy efficiency than before – it is expected to reach 25-55 per cent while there will not be any performance penalty for that. The Snapdragon 810 will be the faster chip – it will come with four Cortex-A57 cores and four Cortex-A53 cores, while the Snapdragon 808 will have two Cortex-A57 cores and four Cortex-A53 cores. The Snapdragon 810 also supports LPDDR4-1600 memory for up to 25.6 GB/sec of memory bandwidth. The chip also offers Adreno 430 graphics that is about 30 per cent faster than the Adreno 420 GPU found in the Snapdragon 805 chip. The Snapdragon 810 supports 4K resolutions, Bluetooth 4.1, USB 3.0, IZAT and NFC.
The Snapdragon 808 has lower specs – it supports LPDDR3-933 memory for up to 15 GB/sec of memory bandwidth and comes with Adreno 418 graphics that promises 20 per cent faster graphics than Adreno 330. Both chips support LTE too.
The Snapdragon 810 and Snapdragon 808 will be seen in mobile devices in H1 2015 only. The good news is that the Snapdragon 410, Snapdragon 610 and Snapdragon 615 will come sooner – in H2 2014.