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

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

1. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

wow.....can't wait for this to come inside note 4 and xperia z3...

5. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

20nm is awesome !!! But they seem like they are getting slower in GPU department .. Adreno 430 seems like they wont be able to beat even Tegra K1 which is due in 4-5 months Comparing Gfx benchmark scores of tegra K1 with approx calculation of Adreno GPU Tegra K1 - 62 FPs compared to Adreno 330 - 28 FPs Adreno 420 - 50 % faster than 330 - 42 Fps Adreno 430 - 30 % faster than 420 - 54.6 FPS CPU wise they should be fine..

6. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Adreno 430 - 30% faster than 330 (not 420)

9. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

that's likely a typo by phonearena or qualcomm .. adreno 430 cannot be less powerful than adreno 420. so Adreno 430 is 30 % faster than Adreno 420 only

11. jeeta444

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 24, 2014

you please re-read the article, adreno 420 is 20% faster adreno 330 adreno 430 is 30% faster adreno 420.

14. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Yes. Phonearena's phrasing is very confusing. I had to read the press release to clarify that.

19. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

@jeeta44 Qualcomm says Adreno 420 is 40 % faster than Adreno 330 http://www.qualcomm.com/snapdragon/processors/805 but i included 50 % as they later increase the clock speeds just like they did with Adreno 330

12. MrPhilo

Posts: 63; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

You really think Adreno '430' is going to be slower than '420'.

24. jeeta444

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 24, 2014

"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." its clear adreno 430 is 30% faster than adreno 420.. & adreno 418 is 20% faster than adreno 330... 418 & 420 most likely equal in performance.

38. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Ive come from reality over at anandtech: "Note that the Adreno 420 itself is something like 40% faster than Adreno 330, which would make Adreno 430 over 80% faster than the Adreno 330 we have in Snapdragon 800/801 today." http://www.anandtech.com/show/7925/qualcomms-snapdragon-808810-20nm-highend-64bit-socs-with-lte-category-67-support-in-2015

58. jeeta444

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 24, 2014

80% faster than 330 will be a massive upgrade.....ultimate graphics...!! while 330 is already a beast itself...

63. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

nah 80 % is not massive at all .. in a similar situation The upgrade from Adreno 225 to Adreno 330 was 367 % .. they have slowed down a lot .. i can easily bet Mali and Power Vr will easily be able to beat them up.. considering this chip still has 1 whole year time left to come to market

26. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Looks like its for Lumia 1820.

50. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Yeah that is what I was thinking...but why they are releasing all this details now??? To let competitors (say apple) know about what they're going to make??? And let them make better ones...

52. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Its only a year ahead at most. Companies like nvidia and Intel are known for making their 3-5 year roadmap public.

75. 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

7. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Can we all say the Samsung Galaxy Note 4... Water/Dust proof with the new 5.9 inch 4K Ultra HD screen, Snapdragon 810 64bit with Adreno 430 with 4GB of RAM, & 16 to 20MP OIS camera... WOW talk about a BEAST of a powerful phone...

8. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

I doubt it would have 4k screen.

28. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

It's going to happen. Trust me.

60. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

You better need this for that kind of specs lol http://static.pepboys.com/images/uploads/batteries/CMS_comm_pic.jpg

20. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Nah this is probably 2015 stuff. But still +1 for getting me excited for a while.

21. AstronautJones

Posts: 305; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

Says 810 in 2015. Note 4 will be too early for that...

25. Klamba92

Posts: 212; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

he SD 810 won't be out until the first half of 2015 so don't think the note 4 will have that Probably S6 and Note 5. Other than the water proofing and OIS seems useless to have the the QHD screen let alone 4K on the phone and the 4GB Even for graphic Intensive mobile games!

32. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

They said that about the Snapdragon 800 series & then the HTC Butterfly had it. So let's be patient & see how this materializes.

54. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Even if it means delaying its release until next year, I'd love to see this in the Nexus 6.

62. geordie8t1 unregistered

I think by 2015 when this chip is out the note 5 will be the device to have this tech in, and would be SD810 64bit, A430, 4gb ram, 6.0" 2k bezel less display with some flexible tech to achieve resistance to dropping, camera will be something like 21mp isocell OIS camera with 2 and 4k recording along with 5mp front facing camera, ip68 certified to a depth of 3m, built in fingerprint reader, along with 64gb storage as standard, along with the new usb 3.1, bluetooth4+ advanced lte dual download boosting tech and so on :-)

74. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

4K on a phone? Really? 4 times as many pixels as the current Full HD phones, that will mean huge regression on GPU performance. You guys are lunatics even most high end gaming PCs have "only" Full HD displays.

79. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I'm seriously surprised they didn't make their own architecture in the 810. I was looking forward of the successor to Krait.

17. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

here comes the Dragon roaring. but i'm a bit disappointed that it is octa core useless sh*t.

23. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Me too, they should've develop their own CPU design.

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