Qualcomm unveils powerful Snapdragon 810 and 808 chipsets, that answer Apple’s 64-bit push
Californian chip giant Qualcomm, whose silicon is in most mobile devices these days, just lifted the veil over its next-generation chipsets – the Snapdragon 808 and Snapdragon 810. The dust has hardly settled on the 801, which is in phones like the Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z2, and the 805, which will land in devices in the summer, and we are now learning what our phones and tablets will be capable of in H1 of next year.
First off, the new puppies are 64-bit, so after the low-end Snapdragon 410, 610 and 615, Qualcomm is coming with true flagships that will carry ARM’s 64-bit CPU architecture. The 808 and 810 will be released in a big.LITTLE design, combining Cortex-A53 cores, and the more powerful Cortex-A57s. The A57 cores are up to 50% more powerful than the current-best A15. Since the new 808 and 810 will be built at 20nm, instead of the current 28nm process, they are likely to remain as frugal in terms of power consumption, as are the 801 or 805, for instance.
Now for the juicy part – we’ll have new graphics processors in those 64-bit chipsets – Snapdragon 808 will come with Adreno 418, which is 20% faster than Adreno 330, while 810 will be crushing it with Adreno 430, which is 30% faster, but from the GPU in Snapdragon 805, which is Adreno 420. The new 810 silicon supports 4K Ultra HD interface and video resolution, 4K video encoding at 30 frames per second, as well as 1080p video at 120 frames per second. The dual Image Signal Processors (ISPs) are capable of supporting 1.2 GP/s throughput, and image sensors up to the whopping 55 MP.
When we combine that superior productivity with support for DDR4 memory (in 810), Cat 6 LTE-Advanced speed of up to 300 Mbps, and enhanced carrier aggregation, we receive one of the most versatile and powerful mobile SoCs in the industry, which will be very hard for competitors to beat. The silicon powerplay will be sampling to customers later this year, with 810-laden devices arriving in the first half of 2015, which makes the Galaxy S6 a prime candidate for this Snapdragon glory.