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

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.”


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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21 Comments

1. renz4

Posts: 319; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

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

13. AppleHateBoy unregistered

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

14. renz4

Posts: 319; Member since: Aug 10, 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

2. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

Now everyone's into the game...

18. aksa123

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

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

3. jcdz89

Posts: 78; Member since: Mar 01, 2013

Finally

4. Killua

Posts: 270; Member since: Nov 25, 2013

LOL, and after they were mocking Mediatek.

5. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

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

6. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

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

7. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

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

8. JMartin22

Posts: 2387; Member since: Apr 30, 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.

11. renz4

Posts: 319; Member since: Aug 10, 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

19. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

forget Mediatek, its GPS sucks

9. RapidCat

Posts: 351; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

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

10. rockers123

Posts: 137; Member since: Sep 08, 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

15. renz4

Posts: 319; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

except nvidia

12. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 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-corehttp://www.techpost.ug/5641/qualcomm-exec-bashes-apples-64-bit-chip-calls-marketing-gimmick/ Make up ur mind, Qualcomm, cause this is embarrassing.

20. aksa123

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 30, 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.

16. Amir1 unregistered

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.

17. renz4

Posts: 319; Member since: Aug 10, 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?

21. blingblingthing

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Are these using the new instruction set ARM 8…?

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