Qualcomm overhauls its mobile processor lineup with the Snapdragon 200, 400, 600, & 800

Qualcomm overhauls its mobile processor lineup with the Snapdragon 200, 400, 600, & 800
As part of its press conference to lead into CES this year, Qualcomm has announced that it is retiring the S1, S2, S3, and S4 series mobile chips, and is ushering a new generation of processors. The new set of chips will still be under the Snapdragon name, but will go by new numbers - 200, 400, 600, and 800 - and promise to offer pretty impressive advances in power and speed. The Snapdragon 200 and 400 series chips will be used for low-end and budget devices, so we'll focus more on the powerhouse chipsets - the Snapdragon 600 and 800. 

The Snapdragon 600 is the chip that is essentially the direct upgrade point from the current top-of-the-line Snapdragon S4 Pro, with moving the quad-core Krait CPU to the Krait 300 and the Adreno GPU to the Adreno 320. Qualcomm is claiming that the Snapdragon 600 will offer 40% better performance compared to the S4 Pro, and this series of chipsets is expected to hit the market in Q2 2013. 

The top of the line is the Snapdragon 800 which plans to push forward every aspect. The quad-core Krait CPU get bumped to the Krait 400, running upwards of 2.3GHz per core, and supposedly will offer 75% better performance. The Adreno 330 GPU promises double the graphics power. Additionally, the chipset will offer a faster LTE Cat 4 modem, faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi, QFHD video recording, support for display resolutions up to 2560 x 2048, and components tuned for lower power consumption. The Snapdragon 800 series will start hitting devices mid-year, and will be available in both smartphones and tablets. 

source: Qualcomm

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36 Comments

1. SmartPhoneStream

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

This sounds promising, I can't wait to see how it stacks up against the Tegra 4 and the new exynos processors

13. MeoCao unregistered

S4 is widely successful so why drop the brand? I'm sure many people will be confused by Qualcomm new branding. And I'm disappointed that nothing was revealed about new chips features, lots of music and little information. This is pale in comparison to nVidia spectacular show yesterday. I think nVidia will beat Qualcomm this year.

28. deuel18

Posts: 41; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

whats the different between the cores used in Tegra4 and the new Qualcomm?..are they the same A15?

35. mittalmailbox

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

No Qualcomm Krait(old krait and new krait 300/400) are custom made ARM Architecture. A15 is different.

2. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

But you can overclock the Exynos A15 upto 2.8 comparing it to 2.3. The 800 is a A15 Cortex

19. mittalmailbox

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

800 is not A15. It is upgraded Krait ( Krait 400)

29. deuel18

Posts: 41; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

so Krait 400 then can exceeds Exynos?.well i thought Exynos 4 or 5 has the same quad core A15 and so is the nVidia too right?

36. mittalmailbox

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

Krait has not been released so it is hard to tell.but here is estimation. Krait 400 is said to be 70% faster than S4 pro. S4 pro had 3.3DMIPS/MHz so krait 400 will have 5.6 DMIPS/MHz. Exynos 5250 which had 4.6 DMIPS/MHz. Samsung is moving from 32nm to 28nm. So it may increase to 5 DMIPS/MHz at max. Maximum clock rate of krait 400 will be 2.3GHz while of Exynos will be 2.0GHz. So considering this Krait 400 will be faster than Exynos 5 series(approx 20%) .

3. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

This is my next(phone processor).

4. cretinick

Posts: 148; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

:┬ČO As Axl Rose once said: "Where do we go? Where do we go now? Where do we go?"

8. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Wow wow wow wow where do we go now....

5. blackice214

Posts: 168; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

2.3 GHz What the Hell

6. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

OK then....I seriously can't wait till the benchmarks come out...tegra 4 vs snapdragon 800. Its gonna be the equivalent of the Superbowl for me..... loll

20. mittalmailbox

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

Tegra 4 is ready for OEM's but Qualcomm new series will out only in H2 this year.

7. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

Snapdragon 800 sounds great so far wonder what phone it will turn up in Q3

9. barondebxl

Posts: 180; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Qualcomm rules!

10. yowanvista

Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

These are actually two SoCs, the Snapdragon 600 & 800 will use the Krait 300 & 400. The Snapdragon 800 uses four Krait 400 cores.http://www.anandtech.com/show/6568/qualcomm-krait-400-krait-300-snapdragon-800

11. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

wow, well okay then. Crapdragons these are not. i will look forward to seeing how this compares to the T4 and the E5Q. o:

15. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

haha you were saying king?

16. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

it's funny, Qualcomm definitely rose to battle my claims against them today. myyy baaad Qualcomm! xD

17. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

hahaha this is going to be a VERY interesting/exciting year bro thats all i gotta say

30. deuel18

Posts: 41; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

i know..everyones using quadcore now a days..perhaps the bigger ones

22. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

75% increase in CPU performance and double the graphics power of the S4 Pro quad means the 800 should compare VERY nicely to the Exynos 5450 and T4. Let's just hope Qualcomm's claims are right, and 2013 will be a very good year for consumers, more specifically, mobile gamers. Still waiting on that Exynos 5450, though... Maybe Samsung will get taken off its throne?

12. thunderising

Posts: 232; Member since: Nov 25, 2011

80% faster than Krait? The 800 series is much faster than a Cortex A15 guys

31. deuel18

Posts: 41; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

howd u know?

14. Jimstar

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

wowza! i'm still on OMAP4 over here! with a little less than a year left on my contract(which actually doesn't matter because I'm not buying subzidized phones anymore) and two whole generations of chips have passed. I bet by the time I decide what phone to get a 3rd will be around the corner if not already out.

18. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

T_T Dude, i'm still in S1 here.. at least OMAP4 is dual core.. i'm still stuck in single core S1.. :( But the S4 is coming today!

21. mittalmailbox

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

Qualcomm rocks, but any info about Qualcomm 200 and 400?

23. jibraihimi

Posts: 800; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

So 600 and 800 is A15 processors like Nvidia tegra 4, or are they Still A9 processors like Previous Kraits......????

25. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

neither. Qualcomm does not use ARM designs directly like Samsung and Nvidia. They use them for compatibility reference but the design is Q's. It's a double edged sword that until recently was hurting them in the long game.

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