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Qualcomm intros new octa-core Snapdragon 615 and quad-core Snapdragon 610 64-bit processors

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Qualcomm intros new octa-core Snapdragon 615 and quad-core Snapdragon 610 64-bit processors
Qualcomm repeatedly let it be known that it doesn’t consider that the number of cores is essential when it comes to the performance of a mobile processor. Of course, this is true. Thus, it’s surprising to see Qualcomm announcing the launch of its own octa-core processor. The upcoming SoC is called Snapdragon 615, and it has eight 64-bit ARM Cortex A53 cores. It will be joined by a Snapdragon 610 - this is also 64-bit capable, but it’s going to have only four cores.

Both new SoCs include Adreno 405 GPUs, and come with LTE Cat 4 support, while also integrating “critical 3G technologies, including HSPA+ (up to 42Mbps), CDMA, and TD-SCDMA.”

"Qualcomm Technologies is redefining the user experience for high-end mobile devices by amassing the unparalleled trilogy of an industry-leading LTE modem, 64-bit multicore processing, and superior multimedia. 64-bit processing capabilities are now an industry requirement for this tier, and we are meeting our customers’ needs with both octa- and quad-core configurations, as well as bringing our superior Adreno 405 graphics and powerful suite of connectivity technologies to the Snapdragon 600 family of chipsets," declared Murthy Renduchintala, executive vice president of Qualcomm Technologies.

According to Qualcomm, the first commercial devices using he new Snapdragon 610 and 615 processors should be available starting the fourth quarter of this year - hence later than devices using the more powerful Snapdragon 801 (which was also announced today). 

source: Qualcomm

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posted on 24 Feb 2014, 01:59 5

1. renz4 (Posts: 202; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)


They mock Mediatek Octa core approach and now they make one for themselves

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 04:11

13. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)


One question everyone: what's the difference between s410 and s610?? They appear to be identical.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 04:44 1

14. renz4 (Posts: 202; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)


for more details you can check anandtech articles about the new SoC. spec wise they are almost the same except the new 610/615 will come with adreno 405 as oppose to adreno 306 in 410

http://www.anandtech.com/show/7784/snapdragon-610-615-qualcomm-continues-down-its-64bit-warpath-with-48core-cortex-a53-designs

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:03 2

2. ScottSchneider (Posts: 312; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)


Now everyone's into the game...

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 06:27 2

18. aksa123 (Posts: 164; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


Octa-core is more like a trend bro. Not necessarily an actual improvement.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:11 1

3. jcdz89 (Posts: 62; Member since: 01 Mar 2013)


Finally

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:15 1

4. Killua (Posts: 257; Member since: 25 Nov 2013)


LOL, and after they were mocking Mediatek.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:19

5. livyatan (Posts: 646; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


This is essentially the same as the MTK's upcoming octa core, save for the GPU

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:19

6. livyatan (Posts: 646; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


This is essentially the same as the MTK's upcoming octa core, save for the GPU

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:19

7. UglyFrank (Posts: 331; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


I would've expected the 600 series to use an inhouse core,

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:24 2

8. JMartin22 (Posts: 712; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


The difference between MediaTek and Qualcomm is that the latter is using A53 architecture based cores and MediaTek has been using outdated and inefficient Cortex-A7/A9 cores. Even the quad core Snapdragon 600 from last year had better performance than their octa-core.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:46

11. renz4 (Posts: 202; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)


Mediatek also developing new soc using A53 cores.

http://www.nextpowerup.com/news/7684/mediatek-announces-64-bit-mt6732-quad-core-soc-with-lte.html

Also don't compare snapdragon 600 with A7. Snapdragon 600 is intended for high performance part while A7 primary focus on low power and good enough performance. A7 class processor competes more with snapdragon 400 class processor

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 06:55

19. fireblade (Posts: 629; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


forget Mediatek, its GPS sucks

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:24

9. RapidCat (Posts: 351; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)


qualcomm using new technology 8xA53 not old 4xA7 + 4xA9

but still . . . . .. .

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:26

10. rockers123 (Posts: 31; Member since: 08 Sep 2013)


First they said PR Stunt for Exynos, then they mocked Mediatek and Now shamless company following them. I hope China will put more fine on them.

End of the day everybody following Samsung, I mean Octa-core

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 04:46

15. renz4 (Posts: 202; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)


except nvidia

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:31

12. _Bone_ (Posts: 2104; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Haha, didn't Qualcomm joke about the pointlessness of 8 cores and 64bit, and now they announce both? :D

http://www.fudzilla.com/home/item/30154-qualcomm-ceo-bashes-exynos-octa-core
http://www.techpost.ug/5641/qualcomm-exec-bashes-apples-64-bit-chip-calls-marketing-gimmick/

Make up ur mind, Qualcomm, cause this is embarrassing.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 07:54 1

20. aksa123 (Posts: 164; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


Like I said, octa-core is more like a trend. So it's indeed a gimmick.
Why is it a trend? Becoz everyone buys that: "wow, cota-core ! Gotta be good !" without knowing its performance.
It's more 'business' than 'technology'. That's why if qualcomm doesn't go with this 'trend' they will lose market.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 05:22

16. Amir1 (Posts: 240; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


are these going to be the 64 bit chips in Q3-4 flagships? or are these chips positioned for mid range devices? i don't get it.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 06:06

17. renz4 (Posts: 202; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)


A53 cores are focusing more on power consumption side rather than performance. but despite than it should be better than the older A7 cores apart from bringing 64 bit support for mid-range device. personally i don't think phone maker will use A53 cores in their flagship.

but speaking on flagship what happen to samsung exynos that suppose to use A57 cores?

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 10:05

21. blingblingthing (Posts: 419; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


Are these using the new instruction set ARM 8…?

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