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

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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37 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

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.

15. pulkit1

Posts: 354; Member since: Jul 03, 2014

we all know exynos is suffocated by poor software .

3. Micah007

Posts: 266; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

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

14. diehardnokian

Posts: 148; Member since: Apr 27, 2014

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

4. chengsae

Posts: 64; Member since: Dec 10, 2013

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

11. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 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.

24. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

Apple doesn't use Qualcomm anyways.

27. tedkord

Posts: 17456; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

36. Fellwalker

Posts: 541; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

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

5. QuadFace

Posts: 179; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

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

6. elmtube

Posts: 16; Member since: May 18, 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

28. tedkord

Posts: 17456; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Except in things like overall performance...

34. elmtube

Posts: 16; Member since: May 18, 2012

Better efficiency -> lower power consumption

35. elmtube

Posts: 16; Member since: May 18, 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

7. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Why not mention h265 encoding and decoding?

8. Predator1701

Posts: 130; Member since: Oct 28, 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.

16. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 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

37. Bertelgeus

Posts: 126; Member since: Oct 15, 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.

20. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 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.

25. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

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

9. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

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

10. GTNavy

Posts: 55; Member since: Oct 13, 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.

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 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+?

13. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

29. tedkord

Posts: 17456; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

33. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

17. mostafawael.1998

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 01, 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?

18. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 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.

22. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

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

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