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Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 801 - 45% faster image processing, in devices by April

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Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 801 - 45% faster image processing, in devices by April
Qualcomm just announced its new powerful chipset, dubbed Snapdragon 801, which seems to occupy a place between last year's finest - Snapdragon 800 - and the yet unreleased Snapdragon 805 juggernaut.

In comparison with the Snapdragon 800, the new 801 comes with 14% faster Krait 400 processor cores, 28% faster Adreno 330 graphics, and the whole reason for the 801 being - a 45% improvement in camera sensor processing speed. Qualcomm made it pin-for-pin and software compatible with Snapdragon 800, so changing to the 801 is just a matter of swapping out the old, and plugging the new. This was made with the goal to have Snapdragon 801 in devices "before the end of March 2014," meaning that we might see it in some of the gear announced at the MWC expo.

The image processing prowess is made deliberately for phones with higher-resolution sensors, which takes their sweet time to process photos, like the 41 MP monster on the Lumia 1020, for instance. Qualcomm also integrated multi-band 4G LTE Cat4 modem along with WiFi 802.11ac support. Snapdragon 801 is gentler on the battery, too, as Qualcomm says it can selectively throttle down the cores parts it's not using. 

Last but not least, dual SIM/dual Active (DSDA) devices are not only an afterthought with Snapdragon 801, but the ability is now hardware integrated, and a matter of simple decision for the manufacturer to make.

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posted on 24 Feb 2014, 01:49 2

1. rd_nest (Posts: 739; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


This is just MSM8974AC version. Nothing new here to see. They just named the 'AC' version as 801.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 01:57 2

2. ScottSchneider (Posts: 313; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)


Yes... Nothing new... Jus a short performance bump...

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:13 1

3. renz4 (Posts: 219; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)


So what happen to snapdragon 805? Did they come up with 801 so they can optimized 805 further?

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 09:16

13. IliyaBeshkov (Posts: 240; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)


Maybe because Qualcomm have scheduled a release date for S805 for Q2

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:25

4. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1121; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


can we expect a lumia 1020/1520 refresh having this chip?

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:26

5. mas39 (Posts: 45; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


Well what would you like to see ? Don't really understand this 'nothing new' statements, this is yet another excellent all round chip from Qualcomm.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:27

6. livyatan (Posts: 679; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


And this is the chip that will be in the Galaxy S5

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:27

7. livyatan (Posts: 679; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


And this is the chip that will be in the Galaxy S5

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:30

8. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3519; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


This has Lumia written all over it!!!!!

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:30

9. maverick786us (Posts: 117; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


The successor of Lumia 1020 will also implement this chipset. That will further enhance the photos

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:32 1

10. mr2009 (Posts: 25; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


45% improvement in camera sensor processing speed? i smell Lumia 1020 upgrade model soon..

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 05:18

11. Amir1 (Posts: 257; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


so s805 will rule it in second half of 2014. what's the possibility of seeing snapdragon 64 bit for flagship in Q3-4? or maybe at MWC 2015 flagships announcments?

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