Qualcomm announces new quad-core Snapdragon 400 with built-in LTE and WP8 support

Qualcomm announces new quad-core Snapdragon 400 with built-in LTE and WP8 support
Microsoft said that Windows Phone 8 was bringing "multi-core" support to the platform, but as yet, we haven't seen anything more than dual-core processors in Windows Phone hardware, while Android handsets are hitting the octa level (which of course is basically dual quad-cores). But, this is the first time Qualcomm has explicitly confirmed WP8 support for one of its chips.

Of course, the new Snapdragon 400 won't just be coming to Windows Phone devices, but Android as well, and the real star of the show is the built-in LTE that Qualcomm has put on the chip. The chip will support all sorts of wireless specs including 42Mbps HSPA+, LTE, and China's TD-SCDMA, as well as 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM, and NFC. 

The Snapdragon 400 will be a quad-core Cortex-A7 chip clocked at 1.2GHz per core. It is scheduled to hit the market late this year alongside a new 7 and 10" reference tablet design from Qualcomm. The 400 is of course the mid-low-end of the new Snapdragon line, designed for "high-volume smartphones and emerging markets". 

source: Qualcomm via Engadget

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16 Comments

1. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

Why is it quad core A7 and not A9? Just asking

6. raunak

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

A7 is more efficient. Less powerful though.

14. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

Less powerful doesnt make a difference. since windows isnt as heavy OS, it should be fine. plus windows is starting to come in mid tier phones alot now so moving forward we shall see more nokias and many other chinese brands.

7. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

coz probably this chip will make mid range quad cores quite mainstream giving smooth n efficient support to the mid range device hardware

17. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

I assume this one is for mid to low end phones. Imagine now a $200 windows phone by Nokia can have duo core snapdragon S4, and the successor of Lumia 620 and 520 next year, despite costing low, will have quad core 1.2 GHz. Wonderful stuff.

2. thethird

Posts: 72; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Maybe samsung should have wait for this Quadcore SD 400 for their S4 mini. -_-

19. Diazene

Posts: 129; Member since: May 01, 2013

I think it's less powerful than two krait cores

3. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Who cares, ..... Useless midrange Cpu... Bring on the S800....and the very true S900 A15 or A57 ®

5. raunak

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

Seeing as the krait core used in S4 was more powerful than a A9 core, I'm pretty sure the krait core in S800 will be more powerful (or atleast more efficient) than A15. It's definitely going to be more powerful than exynos octa.

18. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Snapdragon 800 isn't even on the market yet and you're already talking about the unannounced 900. You crack me up. I suppose you want that with 16 GB RAM, 256 GB storage and 4K flexible OLED screen.

4. raunak

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

Other than LTE, this chip is same as the mediatek chip chinese products have been using for a while. Also, I read somewhere that A7 has around 63% of the power of last year's A9. Seeing as S4 (dual core krait) is as powerful as quad core a A9, this chip should be far less powerful than S4.

8. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

"android devices are hitting dual quad core"?wth?can someone list the devices for me?thanks

12. indianapple89

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

The Samsung Galaxy S4 in some markets with their Exynos line of octa processors.

13. Furbal unregistered

Im hoping for a nice follow up to the lumia 620. Gimmie that same frame with a 720p screen and a better camera please. I really want a smaller wp8 companion to my note 2

15. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

other than s4 which androids are hitting you with so called octa core?huh?

16. b0g23

Posts: 14; Member since: May 26, 2012

hy, i think this platform "MSM8926" will be the same on samsung i9195 (lte version)

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