As Intel dominates the PC- processor domain, Qualcomm has relentlessly dominated the processor manufacture for mobile devices and handsets. Every next year there is a next breakthrough to expect with Qualcomm and so with 2015 approaching The Super Q has increased quite the expectations for nerds. The most anticipating release from the networks devices manufacturer would be the grand-powerful next generation 64-bit Snapdragon chipsets.
Let us have a quick look at the history of Snapdragon SoCs: 2012 saw the S4 Pro; 2013 started with the Snapdragon 600 and along came Snapdragon 800; 2014 introduced Snapdragon 801 and 805 as well as the company’s first 64-bit CPUs, the Snapdragon 610 and 615. Definitely unstoppable.
Recently, Qualcomm has confirmed its first 20nm 64-bit Snapdragon processors for high-end devices: the Snapdragon 810 and the Snapdragon 808. Qualcomm refers Snapdragon 810 to be unbelievably powerful stating it would be “absolute best of the best” in every regard.
Android L, recently unveiled by Google to be supporting 64-bit processing has opened the blockage for Qualcomm to distribute its finest piece of technology into top-notch handsets. Android packing more than 3GBs of RAM will significantly feel the difference of very responsive apps and new level of smooth multitasking.
The 808 will use two ARM Cortex A57 and four ARM Cortex A53, while the 810 will have four ARM Cortex A57s and four ARM Cortex A53s. Both are based on ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture which basically couples low-power processor cores with high-power ones, the intention being to create a multi-core processor that can adjust better to dynamic computing needs.
The GPU’s also have been updated. The Snapdragon 810 will feature the all new Adreno 430 designed especially for 4K displays while Snapdragon 808 will feature Adreno 418 that will support resolutions up to 2K. Qualcomm promises the Adreno 430 will deliver up to 30% faster graphics performance than its predecessor Adreno 420 GPU. The chipset also supports 4K HEVS (H.265) capture (encode) and 4K playback (decode). Also 14-bit camera dual image signal processors (ISP) will be found inside which means full HDR Video as well as support for camera sensors up to 55MP which is totally insane.
Both 808 and 810 will support CAT6 LTE network that can handle speeds up to 300 Mbps, thanks to improved 3x20MHz carrier aggregation (CA) which allows for a more efficient, less constricted flow of data from cell towers to your phone. It also packs 2-stream 802.11ac with multi user MIMO for super-speedy Wi-Fi.
On summarizing, 4K displays, up to 55MP Camera Sensor, 64-Bit processor running on Android L: that would make one hell of a smartphone. So stay excited for Qualcomm’s 2015 extravagance.