Qualcomm unveils powerful Snapdragon 810 and 808 chipsets, that answer Apple's 64-bit push


Californian chip giant Qualcomm, whose silicon is in most mobile devices these days, just lifted the veil over its next-generation chipsets - the Snapdragon 808 and Snapdragon 810. The dust has hardly settled on the 801, which is in phones like the Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z2, and the 805, which will land in devices in the summer, and we are now learning what our phones and tablets will be capable of in H1 of next year.

First off, the new puppies are 64-bit, so after the low-end Snapdragon 410, 610 and 615, Qualcomm is coming with true flagships that will carry ARM's 64-bit CPU architecture. The 808 and 810 will be released in a big.LITTLE design, combining Cortex-A53 cores, and the more powerful Cortex-A57s. The A57 cores are up to 50%  more powerful than the current-best A15. Since the new 808 and 810 will be built at 20nm, instead of the current 28nm process, they are likely to remain as frugal in terms of power consumption, as are the 801 or 805, for instance.

Now for the juicy part - we'll have new graphics processors in those 64-bit chipsets - Snapdragon 808 will come with Adreno 418, which is 20% faster than Adreno 330, while 810 will be crushing it with Adreno 430, which is 30% faster, but from the GPU in Snapdragon 805, which is Adreno 420. The new 810 silicon supports 4K Ultra HD interface and video resolution, 4K video encoding at 30 frames per second, as well as 1080p video at 120 frames per second. The dual Image Signal Processors (ISPs) are capable of supporting 1.2 GP/s throughput, and image sensors up to the whopping 55 MP.

When we combine that superior productivity with support for DDR4 memory (in 810), Cat 6 LTE-Advanced speed of up to 300 Mbps, and enhanced carrier aggregation, we receive one of the most versatile and powerful mobile SoCs in the industry, which will be very hard for competitors to beat. The silicon powerplay will be sampling to customers later this year, with 810-laden devices arriving in the first half of 2015, which makes the Galaxy S6 a prime candidate for this Snapdragon glory.

source: Qualcomm

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80 Comments

77. Androiders

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Snapdragon 810 has 8-core processor LDDR4 64bit and LTE Cat 6 300Mbps Connection.. than Tegra K1

76. Androiders

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Snapdragon 810 has 8-core processor LDDR4 64bit and LTE Cat 6 300Mbps Connection.. than Tegra K1

80. renz4

Posts: 319; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

why compare with TK1? 810 is 2015 SoC for Qualcomm so it will definitely going to compete head to head with nvidia 2015 SoC (Erista). no comment on RAM and modem (since there is no detail given on Erista yet but most likely it won't have integrated modem) but more cores doesn't necessarily mean better. and for the record Qualcomm themselves did mock mediatek for their approach on 8 core. and now they make such processor themselves

67. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

Didn't Qualcomm make fun of Mediatek for making 8 core chips. Now they are too?

68. renz4

Posts: 319; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

hey even 64 bit is gimmick according to them. in the end they bow to market pressure.

66. Totse2k15

Posts: 479; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

Qualcomm Snapdragon ftw! Good news.

65. cleat-glitch

Posts: 109; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

wat da wat

61. NoFanboy

Posts: 300; Member since: Nov 18, 2013

The note 4 and g3 will have 805 lol.

59. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

Wait..so no new in-house Qualcomm CPU? Rhis is just yet another stock ARM core instead of the real Krait successor. How is qualcomm going to separate itself from the competition again? Basically everyone is prepping the 20nm A53+A57 combination. Nothing special here

70. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

i think differentiation won't be the deciding factor and besides qualcomm extracts out more performance( in benchmarks ) than mediatek and exynos with same A53 and A57 . Look at cortex A7 chips from qualcomm . Secondly there is virtually no support for exynos and mediatek based Chips. So no custom roms and development for them . Nvidia- only few lesser known OEM are willing to use them. Once again Qualcomm will reap benefits of monopoly until their custom chip is ready

57. jpkelly05

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

As much as I am excited about this, I am more excited to see what comes with it in terms of software and new battery technologies. Also gaming (Reference to Unreal engine on android). Not to mention VR... which would be nice if one of these amazing companies let VR stream from our phones wirelessly. Time will tell. And as far as Smartphones- I am hoping Sony and Sharp go mainstream - with all US carriers. I love my Samsung Galaxy S4- but I am growing tired of their mild adoptions of technology and style. S4 should have come with Snapdragon 800 or 600 with voice control. And if time was an issue... they should have waited and fought Qualcomm on it. The plastic doesn't bother me at all- but getting the same design over and over- is just boring. S5 is not that different - it's got ugly dots- and that is my opinion, not saying it is yours. So the S6 would have to have the 810 and a new design and a chargeable battery that charges in a minute or less- which Sammy is working on also. Everything else is a waiting game for me to find out.

51. magnum44 unregistered

The Snapdragon 810 looks very impressive if it would appear in a device around NOW, but in 12 months time it will be less so against competition from Intel (Morganfield - 14 nm), a Samsung Exynos 6 maybe, Nvidia Tegra “Parker” -16 nm, and Apple A8. I have a Note 3 with the Snapdragon 800 ... for the Note 4, I would realistically hope for the latest updated Samsung Exynos with ARM's GPU Mali-T760 (16 cores).

45. r3trokiller

Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 30, 2014

Its aint gonna get faster than Nokia 1110 :P

44. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

These soc will be next years crop. The Note, Nexus an other high spec phones this year will rock the 805. Who ever extrapolated differently, has hopes too high.

31. newbey123

Posts: 707; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

Awesome. Can't wait to see the 810 packed inside an HTC device.

37. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

With another 4mp camera?!;-)

30. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

But they haven't *solved* the Snapdragon800's thermal issues (I have a G2, Note 3 and a TabPro 8.4) ALL OF 'em gets HOT even when doing light web browsing! Is Qualcomm peaking? Or are they nearing their peak threshold? I'll remain skeptical right now, Numbers on paper is one thing....

41. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Install a CPU monitor an watch how light browsing taxes CPU. Try asop browser, big difference in CPU usage. That is not Qualcomm issue, its Chrome period.

43. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Yes they have: OMG OCTA-CORE! /s

27. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Aww poor Nvidia and their overhyped SoC's, what now? They seriously need to consider venturing to another business, No top-tier OEMs would want their overhyped TEGRAs

36. renz4

Posts: 319; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

808 and 810 is 2015 SoC. it will compete with nvidia next year erista. and nvidia will not giving up on Tegra. they have been dreaming too long to have their own CPU. maybe we will see less phone or tablet with K1 but if you look at the latest GTC their tegra are just starting to shine from now on because with K1 nvidia will be able to bring in their CUDA ecosystem into Tegra line up. it might not relevant in phone or tablet but finally they able to do what they do best which is GPGPU.

16. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

whoa... intel sucks

18. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

But Intel is preparing to launch 14nm CPU soon, and I wonder how good it is.

29. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Not Intel, buddy. But Nvidia.

34. true1984

Posts: 871; Member since: May 23, 2012

nvidia is the worst. i honestly cant believe there are people still hyping up the k1. the k1 will never be in phones due to the power consumption issues and their horrible track record of providing driver updates(one x, x+, asus transformer series, ect..). that and the k1 was clocked to 3ghz in some of those benchmark tests

42. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

You are speaking on rumors and leaks, the cold hard facts describe a different story. Nvidia's k1 Denver chip will be the best and most efficient chip on the market this summer.

48. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

The cold hard fact is Nvidia is getting more unpopular year by year, since the big name like Samsung and HTC has dumped Nvidia.

56. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Last year that's true. But I didn't know popularity was a metric of quality.

71. true1984

Posts: 871; Member since: May 23, 2012

well then how about this, show me one tegra 4 device on android 4.4. thats what i mean by nvidia's bad track record

72. true1984

Posts: 871; Member since: May 23, 2012

besides the shield of course...

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