Qualcomm just revealed the Snapdragon 810 and 808, a pair of 64-bit high-performance chipsets slated to show up in flagship Android devices early next year. If you think the latest batch of SoC’s (System on a Chip) are fast, these are going to knock your socks off!
Both new Snapdragons come with 64-bit support, but they won’t be the first Qualcomm chipsets to have it: the Snapdragon 610 and 615, announced at Mobile World Congress in February, will hit the market just in time for the 2014 holiday season. The difference, however, is in the rest of the package; the 810 and 808 will come packed with plenty of other powerful goods.
Qualcomm claims that both 20nm chips will be smaller, lighter and more power efficient. The octa-core 810 is the more appealing of the pair. It’ll sport four Cortex-A57 cores for power-intensive tasks and four lower-power Cortex-A53 cores for those times you don’t need the extra oomph. Additionally, it will come with support for 4K displays, LPDDR4 RAM (which is faster and more efficient than LPDDR3), voice activation and dual Image Signal Processors for better imaging. The included Adreno 430 GPU is supposed to be 30 percent faster than the 420, which isn’t even out in today’s flagships yet (we’re expecting it in the Snapdragon 805, which will debut later this year).
What about LTE? The bad boys will also support Cat 6 LTE-Advanced (the modem is integrated directly into the chip this time) and 2-stream multi-user MIMO; this basically means that your WiFi connection will be significantly faster and more efficient than what you’ve got on your phone or tablet right now.
The bottom line is that when this comes to fruition, smartphones are going to make another big leap next year.