Qualcomm is going in for the kill as the company announced two new powerful additions to their 64-bit mobile chip lineup, namely the octa-core Snapdragon 810 and hexa-core Snapdragon 808.
Of the two, the Snapdragon 810 sports the better feature set consisting of four Cortex-A53 processors which handles the mundane tasks and another set of Cortex-A57 chips which takes care of the resource-heavy apps.
Speaking of performance, the Snapdragon 810 will also benefit from the new Adreno 430 GPU which, according to Qualcomm, is 30% faster than Adreno 420 or around 80% faster than Adreno 330, the GPU we often see on flagship devices. Furthermore, the octa-core SoC supports displays with 4K resolution, LPDDR4 RAM, as well as Cat 6 LTE-Advance connectivity.
Despite of being the modest between the two new chipsets, the Snapdragon 808 is by no means a push-over. It has a quartet of A53 chips which is complemented by a pair of Cortex-A57 processors and Adreno 418 which should come in handy when the going gets tough.
The Snapdragon 808 inherits some of the qualities of its more powerful counterpart such as LTE Category 6/7 modem and support for MIMO which brings improved wireless transfer rate over Wi-Fi. On the downside, the hexa-core only supports 2K displays and LPDDR3 RAM which is still pretty respectable in today’s standards.
According to Qualcomm, consumers can expect these new Snapdragon SoCs to start making their way in to various flagship devices starting the first half of 2015. Of course, there’s no point of making a 64-bit SoC if the ecosystem can’t support it which leads us to think that Google may announce a 64-bit Android OS in the near future, perhaps in Google I/O 2014?
64-bit chips means more reason for phone manufacturers to load bloatwares and useless features for their GUIs. I just hope that they will stick to Android’s aim to solve fragmentation by deducting overloaded UIs and make it more simplier and battery efficient. I stopped buying Samsung after s3 because of their bloated touchwiz.
First half 2014 = 801 (2.3~2.5ghz Krait 400, Adreno 330)
Second half 2014 = 805 (2.5ghz Krait 450, Adreno 420)
First half 2015 = 810 (???ghz A57 & A53 cores, Adreno 430)