News by Andrew Kameka on Monday April 07, 2014.
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Unless you've updated your smartphone in the past year, the Qualcomm-powered devices released next year will be a massive upgrade on your current smartphone. Qualcomm today announced the Snapdragon 810 and 808 processors, a pair of 64-bit processors with big upgrades in graphic processing powers, network optimization for faster download speeds, and advanced support for 4K media.
The Snapdragon 810 and 808 both have integrated modems that support Cat 6 LTE Advanced, which will enable superior LTE experiences in the few places that have will have LTE support when the chipsets start appearing in smartphones and tablets by this time next year. They also have Carrier Aggregation that supports download speeds of up to 300 Mbps.
In the case of the Snapdragon 810, other communication features include 802.11ac with multi-user MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) to improve power and signal performance, Bluetooth 4.1, USB 3.0, NFC, and Qualcomm's IZat location services. The 810 is built to support 4K Ultra HD interfaces and playback or recording. The chip will have the power to record 4K video at 30fps or 1080p at 120 fps, and it will come with tools built for stabilization and noise reduction. Image sensors can be as large as 55-megapixels and will have plenty of features built for improve photo or video quality, but it will be up to manufacturers to gauge how many of these features to include in the final product.
Key 810 specs include:
- A 64-bit quad-core architecture with ARM Cortex-A57 and A53 CPUs.
- Adreno 430 GPU that supports OpenGL ES 3.1, hardware tessellation, geometry shaders, and programmable blending.
- Graphic performance is 30 percent faster, GPGPU compute performance is 100 percent faster, and power consumption is 20 percent less.
- High-speed LPDDR4 memory
The Snapdragon 808 follows a similar path and is also 64-bit, but it doesn't have as big a boost in computing power. The 808 supports WQXGA displays (2560x1600) rather than 4K. The Adreno 418 has the same Open GL ES and tesselation features mentioned, but its GPU performance is not as high. It still rates 20 percent faster than the current Adreno 330 model. LPDDR3 memory is present in the 808.
Keep in mind that Qualcomm is merely delivering a processor capable of handling these high media demands; device makers still have to choose how high the wish to go when using a Snapdragon 810 or Snapdragon 808. Qualcomm says consumer devices running these chipsets will launch in the first half of 2015.source: Qualcomm
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.