Qualcomm has introduced two next-generation Snapdragon chips for smartphones and tablet – the Snapdragon 808 and Snapdragon 810. Both 64-bit Snapdragon processors bring improvements in low power consumption, processor performance, 3D rendering and LTE.
Theoretically, both chips integrate LTE Advanced Category 6 multimode modems can offer up to 300 Mbps download and 50 Mbps upload speeds. Current 4G LTE technology in the US offers only a fraction of those speeds.
The Snapdragon 808 and 810 do not feature Qualcomm’s own custom-built Krait central processing cores. According to Qualcomm, the 808 uses two ARM Cortex A57 and four ARM Cortex A53, while the 810 employs four A57s and four A53s. Both leverage ARM’s big.LITTLE arrangement and pack quite a performance bump over the company’s previous generation of silicon– anything from 25-55%. In both processors, all CPU cores can be active at once.
“Both processors are designed in 20nm technology node with Cat 6 LTE, advanced multimedia features and 64-bit capability, all tightly integrated and optimized for exceptionally low power consumption that does not sacrifice performance, making them the first premium-tier 64-bit processors to enable LTE Advanced globally with a single design,” said Qualcomm at launch.
The Snapdragon 810 and 808 processors will be available as sample shipments in the third quarter of this year and are expected to be available in commercial devices by the first half of 2015.