Qualcomm upgraded the Snapdragon 810 CPU with LTE Category 9 support, reaching up to 450Mbps downlink speeds

Qualcomm upgraded the Snapdragon 810 CPU with LTE Category 9 support, reaching up to 450Mbps downlink speeds
Qualcomm Technologies announced it has added LTE Category 9 network support to its upcoming Snapdragon 810 processor. With this new addition, the SoC's integrated modem can handle download speeds of up to 450 Mbps over three 20MHz LTE carriers. Thus, the Snapdragon 810 is the first Qualcomm flagship product to put together a 64-bit octa-core processor and an LTE-Advanced Cat 9 multimode modem, resulting in a combination of faster downloads, better application performance, and improved battery efficiency. The SoC will be compatible with all major cellular standards and technologies supported by 4G LTE, including GSM/EDGE, CDMA1x/EVDO, TD-SCDMA and WCDMA/HSPA+.

Qualcomm explained that Category 9 capabilities have been validated with Snapdragon 810 processor-based device tests conducted with multiple commercial network and test equipment companies, along with an over-the-air demonstration in a commercial network environment. Each test successfully demonstrated the support of 3x Carrier Aggregation with three LTE component carriers, each with a bandwidth of up to 20 MHz, allowing for Category 9 peak data rates of up to 450 Mbps in the downlink.

The Snapdragon 810 will be available to Qualcomm customers in "early 2015", which probably means we can expect it in upcoming flagship smartphones from the first and second quarter of 2015.

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21 Comments

1. vuyonc

Posts: 1088; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Qualcomm: because if you can't overpower your competitors, you can overfutureproof them.

3. tedkord

Posts: 17043; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

When have they not been able to overpower their competition?

6. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

2011?

7. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

See I believe Qualcomm has always been overpowering their competition because their chips can handle any type of radio that is available. In 2011 there were some chips that WERE more powerful but their achilles heal was the radio support. That's were Qualcomm came in & leaped frogged the more powerful chipset. Now Qualcomm can hang with any chipmaker plus STILL offer cutting edge radio support. That's why Qualcomm is the juggernaut that it is in the mobile world. How many phones have you bought that had the Qualcomm inside sticker on them?

13. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

We can have the exynos/qualcomm fight all day. What made QC win in america was their patents for their US radio techs. When they decided to put the radio directly on the SoC it killed a lot of competition. That said... QC used to be the walmart of chipsets... but now they really are high end.

16. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I remember back in the day we would go at it with the Exynos vs Qualcomm... lol Those were the good old days. I agree, the radios that Qualcomm accepts is STILL by far ahead of it's competition. Now that Qualcomm makes high-end SoC's it really makes it hard to not use them because Qualcomm's all in one solution is so compelling.

20. tyger11

Posts: 282; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Well, it also helped QC that TI exited the field.

17. vuyonc

Posts: 1088; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

I was referring to brute processing power sorry I was being vague. Not that it matters much. Qualcomm always gets the beefiest radios and modems first that's for sure. The SD810 will be way more powerful than we need it to be anyway.

19. tedkord

Posts: 17043; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Even in brute processing power, the 805 is at or near the top of the pile.

2. KinqElessaR

Posts: 45; Member since: Dec 04, 2014

I think more than 50 mbps (It should be "real" 50mbps though) is a luxury especially when it's limited . Who would need 450mbps unless you really dont want to wait a few more miliseconds.

4. Micah007

Posts: 266; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

I say the less wait time the better. Let's get to the point where speed is instant....then we can stop.

5. KinqElessaR

Posts: 45; Member since: Dec 04, 2014

I don't think there will be a huge difference.

12. Micah007

Posts: 266; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

We'll have to see how fast this is once it's in some flagships.

14. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

There will be no difference at all. No carrier will support these speeds in the next few years.

18. Micah007

Posts: 266; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

"No carrier will support these speeds in the next few years." You don't know that.

21. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Yeah he does. At least in the U.S. 450 Mb/sec is not even in the dreams of U.S. carriers.

8. Loubielou

Posts: 603; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Just can"t wait to see the Battery size that Samsung will Offer on the Up coming Galaxy S6,as Samsung did a Superb Job with the Batterylife they offered on the Galaxy S5,and i am sure now the batterylife on the Galaxy S6 will be Alot better

9. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

Meanwhile in Turkey, we have a crappy 1mbit internet.

10. MSECE

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 11, 2014

yeah, 1 mbit internet:(

11. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

White elephant, MTC.

15. KeyserSoze

Posts: 387; Member since: Oct 06, 2014

LTE downloads at 450Mbps, really? Great, that means it'll only take me 18.2 secs to use up my piddly 1GB of monthly cellular data allowance. Something evil is going on here, I know it.

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