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7 innovative features built inside the Snapdragon 810 64-bit processor

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7 innovative features built inside the Snapdragon 810 64-bit processor
At this point, it's a public secret that Qualcomm's upcoming 64-bit Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor will reign inside the biggest, baddest Android smartphones and tablets of 2015. If you aren't up to speed with what this beast is made of, you should have a quick look at its technological profile. No matter if you are from team NVIDIA, or team MediaTek, or team Intel, you are bound to end up impressed!

But it's not only performance-crazy, LTE-enabled, energy efficient chips that Qualcomm's established itself with. Behind every Snapdragon chip lies intense technological research, which has enabled many of your device's innovative features. We're talking about high-resolution displays, 4K video recording, high-megapixel camera sensors, noise cancellation, photo re-focus, rapid charging, and more functionality that mobile technology makers are pushing in their  products right now, or testing for their ambitious future projects. 

Unsurprisingly, Qualcomm's proud tradition of innovation continues in the Snapdragon 810. We were lucky enough to get briefed by the company on all of the exciting new features it's built inside the chip. While we can't say for sure how many of them will end up in actual consumer products, each one represents a compelling proposition. Top-shelf performance aside, Qualcomm's 64-bit flagship addresses customer security, ultra-high resolution content, sound quality and noise cancellation, computational photography zoom, and advanced wi-fi connectivity. 

Enough with the teasing already! Let's see what's inside the Snapdragon 810's bag of tricks:

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posted on 12 Dec 2014, 09:04 3

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10456; Member since: 14 May 2012)


#3 and #4 is what I'm excited about!

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 09:07 5

2. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


The most important one isn't given.

Snapdragon 810 is the first snapdragon SoC that supports UHS SD cards. Yes, those are the high end micro SD cards you have for years and you'd probably be surprised that your latest snapdragon chip only supported upto class 10 and for higher SD cards, you inky got the class 10 sirf and bit the full speed they support.

Exynos chips have this since long and also most of above features. Moreover, they have the wolfson DAC which puts the qualcomm chips to shame whichever gimmicky software qualcomm touts.

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 12:27 2

15. pulkit1 (Posts: 354; Member since: 03 Jul 2014)


we all know exynos is suffocated by poor software .

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 09:07

3. Micah007 (Posts: 254; Member since: 09 Oct 2014)


Why couldn't the Nexus 6 come with this :(

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 11:28

14. diehardnokian (Posts: 145; Member since: 27 Apr 2014)


think Google should've taken some more time..apparently that would've made them come with better os and hardware IMO

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 09:09 2

4. chengsae (Posts: 64; Member since: 10 Dec 2013)


so with dolby atmos, every phone will come with multiple speakers now? nothing really new. just some polished up crap.

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 10:37 4

11. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Dolby works well with just 2 drivers. Which means you can get the effect in headphones. This would also be awesome for tablets which have dual speaker.

To bad iOS users won't get to enjoy these awesome benefits.

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 15:59

24. Neo_Huang (Posts: 1067; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)


Apple doesn't use Qualcomm anyways.

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 16:25 1

27. tedkord (Posts: 11629; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


... which is why they won't get to enjoy it.

posted on 14 Dec 2014, 11:37

36. Fellwalker (Posts: 356; Member since: 04 Apr 2014)


But that's an iphone in picture 7. ;)

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 09:26

5. QuadFace (Posts: 135; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


Better late than never, this is a sweet upgrade, 2015 is going to be amazing,

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 09:28 1

6. elmtube (Posts: 15; Member since: 18 May 2012)


I think the single most important feature is that snapdragon has finally gone 20 nm, that should have been 2014 stuff. Apple are quickly leaving snapdragon as a distant second

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 16:26 1

28. tedkord (Posts: 11629; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Except in things like overall performance...

posted on 13 Dec 2014, 09:08

34. elmtube (Posts: 15; Member since: 18 May 2012)


Better efficiency -> lower power consumption

posted on 13 Dec 2014, 09:11 1

35. elmtube (Posts: 15; Member since: 18 May 2012)


Not to mention, core for core a8 dominates sd805, multithreaded sd805 edges a8 marginally, and that's 8 cores vs 2, you do the efficiency math

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 10:00 1

7. wargreymon (Posts: 712; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)


Why not mention h265 encoding and decoding?

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 10:13

8. Predator1701 (Posts: 108; Member since: 28 Oct 2014)


Don't worry the S805 is great but if you really want that 64-bit goodness wait until next year. Because android and iOS 64-bit compatibility is in it's infancy. It's gonna take a long time for developers to start making compatible apps.

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 13:08

16. grahaman27 (Posts: 361; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


90% of android apps are already 64bit ready.

"Apps written in the Java language run as 64-bit apps automatically—no modifications are needed."

http://developer.android.com/about/versions/lollipop.html

posted on 15 Dec 2014, 01:18

37. Bertelgeus (banned) (Posts: 126; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)


Unfortunately, 99% from the 90% are apps noone ever gonna use. 90%+ apps people are actually using have to run in 32-bit thanks to the fragmentation, and this situation won't change for quite a long time.

You know that: fragmentation

On the other hand, Apple announced that they will make 64-bit support mandatory early next year, and this indicates that they gonna remove the 32-bit part completely from their upcoming A9 SoC on 6s.

It's really astounding how right Jake has been all the way along.

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 13:42

20. strudelz100 (Posts: 644; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


iOS apps are already 64bit.

Converting an app to 64bit takes minutes. All mainstream apps already have been updated (most a year ago already). I don't have a 32bit app on my device currently.

All apps on the app store are required to support 64bit or they don't make it on the app store at all.

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 16:00

25. Neo_Huang (Posts: 1067; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)


What use is great software if the hardware can't take advantage of it?

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 10:35 1

9. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Item number 5 is already capable on the Galaxy Note 4.

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 10:36

10. GTNavy (Posts: 44; Member since: 13 Oct 2014)


Imagine if developers started making games that needed 2GB ram to even run. We would be having Xbox 360 caliber games. Just a thought. My HTC One M8 needs games that truly take advantage of it's power. Even the most powerful mobile games out there can run on a Lumia 820. We have yet to see the true power of the Snapdragon 800 series SOC.

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 10:39

12. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


The biggest problem with Android, is all this great hardware isn't being used to its potential because Android runs from a VM. This needs to change. Android needs to evolve to an OS that runs from the hardware. Why can't google convert the code to C+?

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 11:13

13. joey_sfb (Posts: 5741; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Software evolution. For portability and software security such as sandboxing. Pretty much the same reason why we don't use assembly language or structure programming on large scale software development. It's tedious to make changes down the road, remember the two black bars when Apple increase its hardware resolutions.

For gaming most developer goes with third party development tools anyway such as unity and unreal engine. So they are the one making leap and bound.

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 16:29

29. tedkord (Posts: 11629; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


ART compiles the whole app at install. Also, there are native apps. Those will need recoding to take advantage of 64bit.

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 18:46

33. joey_sfb (Posts: 5741; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


That will definitely help as it remove the load of JIT compilation. Personally, I am in favour of the use of VM.

Portability is a much more important advantage than optimising hardware efficiency by a single percentage.

Intel is now directly competing with ARM for hardware supremacy and Google are not bound by a single CPU supplier.

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 13:10

17. mostafawael.1998 (Posts: 240; Member since: 01 Oct 2014)


hey guys correct me if i am wrong, but 64-bit capable OS along with hardware like the S810 can still run the "elder" 32-bit apps?
i mean until the dev maintains his app and update it to the newer 64-bit environment, his current app that only supports the ordinary 32-bit will not be completely broken, it will still work right?

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 13:35

18. strudelz100 (Posts: 644; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


So many features.

EXCEPT NEXT GEN ARCHITECTURE AND PERFORMANCE.

The 1 1/2 year old Apple A7 still outperforms A57 Stock ARM "high performance" core-for-core. Which is downright sad. Apple A8 ups the ante by NEVER THROTTLING PERFORMANCE because it is so advanced. Snapdragon devices throttle within the first 3 minutes playing a game. And its gotten worse the faster resolution demands have bloated.

Hell. Some Snapdragon devices even limit screen brightness when the device is overheating (LG I'm looking at you). That's straight up pathetic.

Also Qualcomm is having serious issues with heat and performance with the 810. Exynos uses the exact same off-the-shelf cores, released 6 months earlier, and have no issues.

Qualcomm is so far behind its just laughable.

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 15:51

22. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Yeah you tell them how that 20nm 64bit just beats a 32bit at 28nm!

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 15:51

23. yowanvista (Posts: 340; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


The A15-A57 are all 3-issue designs, in other worlds 3 instructions are moved from a decode queue to a reordering queue per clock cycle. The A7 however is a 6-issue design and features additional load/store a branch units which explains the performance difference.

Btw every SoC uses thermal throttling, even the A7. The issue with Qualcomm is their aggressive power gating and hotplugging mechanisms which sometimes produce undesirable effects.

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 16:31 1

30. tedkord (Posts: 11629; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


If you check all the benchmarks, the A8 loses to the SD805 in overall performance in pretty much every one, let alone the A7.

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 17:53

31. alaw.14 (Posts: 227; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)


They are far behind? The technology in qualcomm's products is years ahead of many people, apple even uses there technology. Talk about the whole soc instead of just core-for-core. Adreno 430 is going to murder the a8, a7, and maybe even the a8x. Sd810 is the first to use LPDDR4 ram. Meanwhile the a8 only uses 2 cores while s810 will use 8 cores. In addition, look at the features above and there is more that PA forgot to mention. S810 is going to be a killer chip.

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 17:55 1

32. alaw.14 (Posts: 227; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)


They are far behind? The technology in qualcomm's products is years ahead of many people, apple even uses there technology. Talk about the whole soc instead of just core-for-core. Adreno 430 is going to murder the a8, a7, and maybe even the a8x. Sd810 is the first to use LPDDR4 ram. Meanwhile the a8 only uses 2 cores while s810 will use 8 cores. In addition, look at the features above and there is more that PA forgot to mention. S810 is going to be a killer chip.

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 13:53

21. mostafawael.1998 (Posts: 240; Member since: 01 Oct 2014)


i said before that the only reason i am backing off the Exynos-equipped devices is that they are closed-sourced not like Qualcomm
Exynos outperform Qualcomm specially in the CPU side
but let's not lose hope, maybe there is a surprise, who knows!

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 16:12

26. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1522; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


Next year both will be A57-A53 octa cores, so they´ll most likely be on par. At least till either of them designs their own 64bit core.

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