Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 going into mass production in late May

Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 going into mass production in late May
Qualcomm’s new high-end chip, the Snapdragon 800, expected to land in tablets and smartphones, will enter mass production in May, according to Qualcomm senior PM Yufei Wang.

Qualcomm did not specify which exact devices will feature it, but of course it’s likely that we will see the chip in high-end devices.

The Snapdragon 800 is the next step of the evolution of Qualcomm’s chips, an improvement over the Snapdragon 600 that is now part of the best performing devices on the market today. The HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4 and LG Optimus G Pro all use the Snapdragon 600 with its Krait 300 processor.

In Snapdragon 800, we have a pretty dramatic bump up in performance. The chip features a quad-core Krait 400 processor clocked at up to 2.3GHz. The new Krait 400 processor comes with enhanced memory interface, with 2x32 LPDDR3 memory interface, lower latency to the main memory and quicker L2 cache.

It also features the new Adreno 330 GPU bringing a nearly 50% improvement in graphics performance over Adreno 320, and nearly doubling compute performance.

It support 4K HD video capture and playback at 30fps. It also supports cameras of up to 55 megapixels.

The new chip will be manufactured using 28nm HPm, which is the High-K + Metal Gate process, with optimized power output at maximum loads. This is a departure from the standard 28nm LP manufacturing process used until now.

source: Engadget



1. FlushGordon unregistered

SAMSUNG should seriously consider this chip in their upcoming Note 3

9. Neurone

Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

I guess they do, for us/uk version note3 sammy might add snap800....

48. serporys

Posts: 16; Member since: Apr 20, 2013

They will not. Exynos 5 Octa is getting LTE this year, and they'll be ready with a higher clocked Exynos 5 Octa (than the one in S4) for Note 3.

10. Note2waitingonNote3

Posts: 87; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

The Exynos 5 Octa processor clocked at 2.4ghz will be even better in my mind. The Galaxy Note 3 must arrive with Samsung's own processor but I wouldn't object to the Snapdragon 800 if I can see performance proof.

18. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Hey, the Octa trumps Krait 300 even with 300mhz lower clock speed. So if Note 3 ups that clock to 2Ghz, it could be on par even with 2.3Ghz Krait 400. And we're yet to see about snapdragon 800' power consumption. I'm also holding back for the Note 3, but not for the snapdragon 800. Octa at 2Ghz is just fine

31. phonemonkey

Posts: 168; Member since: Feb 13, 2012


49. serporys

Posts: 16; Member since: Apr 20, 2013

I think Tegra 4 beats it even at 1.9 Ghz (1.8 for the other cores)...so yeah.

22. g2a5b0e unregistered

I don't understand why they're hating on you, Rich. I completely agree. Since the Exynos 5 clocked at 1.6Ghz performs better than the 600 at 1.9Ghz, I have to imagine that the 800 would not be able to outperform a higher clocked version. Considering that, I would also prefer the Exynos, although I wouldn't mind the 800 either. They'll both be able to handle anything thrown at them for years to come.

23. ahhxd717

Posts: 332; Member since: Dec 08, 2011

It could potentially, but let's not forget that the Exynos Octa at 1.6 Ghz isn't scoring THAT much more in benchmarks than the S600 at 1.9. I'm assuming the Krait 400 is gonna be significantly better than the Krait 300 in the S600, and also clocked at 2.3 Ghz. I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss the S800. We don't know how the new Krait cores perform yet.

29. g2a5b0e unregistered

I didn't dismiss anything. I said I think the Exynos will outperform the 800. I don't think it will be by much. In any event, you can't go wrong with either. There will be no discernable difference in real world usage.

27. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Hell yeah, that's EXACTLY what I am thinking. A Note III with the BEAST Snapdragon 800 with the Adreno 330 would be just EPIC! +1

35. joseph98

Posts: 167; Member since: Feb 03, 2012

The next coming phone that support 4K HD video capture and playback at 30fps will be mine. So I am still wishing that the note 3 will support this 4k feature or I will be moving forward to the one that do. please do so samy in the note 3.

2. FlushGordon unregistered

And NviDieA's Tegra 4 is nowhere to be found

3. marklugtu1302

Posts: 15; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

Expect this on the Motorola X Phone!! In 2 weeks, Google will introduce that to us

4. linas_ltu

Posts: 32; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

it's just amazing. 600 version seems snappiest ever, but 800 blows it away.

30. torr310

Posts: 1690; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

The performance is surely enough for most people... how about the energy efficiency? How much % gain?

5. vampyren

Posts: 22; Member since: Apr 26, 2013

It's crazy I haven't got my s4 and I start feeling its old :) I don't think I ever will even max the s3 but all these sweet news make want the next best thing. Crazy but that's how it goes when you are a gadget freak :)

6. KParks23

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

They should add it also has the upgraded quick charge feature!

7. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

Supports up to 55MP. Sounds like something designed for a Lumia EOS. More like, i think Nokia is the only one who will make good use of this support. But i expect to see this Snapdragon 800 in the Note 3 as well.

26. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

who know eos will come up with this 800.....

8. R-vjn

Posts: 301; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

I smell the LG Optimus G2...!

11. Note2waitingonNote3

Posts: 87; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

This is exactly why I am more than happy with my Galaxy Note 2 today. Buying a device towards the end of the year will be far better than anything that comes out January thru June.

19. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

As a Note 2 owner I agree as well. Samsung will have plenty of time to include Key Lime Pie and this beast of a processor. Plus I don't have an upgrade till late August so I'm forced to wait/watch anyway. If the S4 does not do better than HTC or even the S3 I expect Samsung will make up for it in the Note 3.

24. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

And then after the begining of the year every brand introduces new models, its like a vicious cycle, but still the Note 2 is an excellent smartphone! Enjoy it mate! :)

34. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 593; Member since: May 26, 2011

Agreed! I have no intent on upgrading from the Note II until the Note IV if not Note V comes out. The reason behind me waiting is because the Note II is plenty fast with virtually no hiccups for everyday use. Nowadays, high end phones are so impressive that benchmarks are no longer important for those concerned with everyday usage performance. I'm so impressed with the Note II that I'm not even looking at the Note III because the improvements are going to be trivial at best over the Note II.

12. mydi.maus unregistered

i bet this chip gonna be on GOOGLE X or nexus 5 beating exynos octa

50. serporys

Posts: 16; Member since: Apr 20, 2013

Yes, it probably will be in the next nexus or moto X.

13. Mobile-X-Pert

Posts: 565; Member since: Dec 20, 2010

Nokia this is the chip you should use in the Lumia EOS!!!!!!...Can you imagine a 41 mpx sensor with 4K video recording!!!! sweet.

14. thelegend6657 unregistered

Hope this chip is available on HTC One+

15. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Better sell these out before intel gets a high end phone out and makes snapdragon look low end.

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