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Qualcomm reveals speedy next-gen Snapdragon SoC lineup

By Shawn Knight
Apr 7, 2014
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  1. Qualcomm has revealed specifications for two new Snapdragon mobile chips they plan to push in 2015. Or in other words, they've just given you yet another reason to regret purchasing that smartphone you just bought.

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  2. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder This guy again... Posts: 2,191   +590

    Very peculiar idea with the Octo-Core chip, having a 4 core part that are all power and 4 cores that are for smaller tasks is going to be interesting. Anxious to see one of these chips and try programming on one to see what kind of power can be pulled. I believe the best part is that the GPU is getting such a hefty boost.
     
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  3. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    The 8 core concept isnt new though since Samsung has already implemented it in their 8 core CPUs. The first gen one was in the S4 (this model isnt available in the US though. The US variant runs a Snapdragon).
     
  4. Multi core chips have been out on the pc for years and they still have not released many optimised applications that actually make good use of the extra horse power. This is exactly why I laugh at people claiming they have a quad core phone and how great it is compared to the next guys phone, or in this case octa core even though that's not quite an accurate description. What makes you think, given a fully equipped PC with much broader resources and people with years more experience developing for them, that a phone will be any better? No, these ever increasing core counts and MHz bumps are simply marketing rhetoric to sell the gullible masses the next "greatest" thing.
     
  5. Oh, and before you say that I'm against innovation, no I'm not, but progress for progresses sake is not progress at all. There's nothing wrong with pushing the boundaries, but these companies board of directors insist on high profits, and so the "progress" wheel starts turning, but for no other real reason, not because they really want to, or we would already be working with Desktop class chips in our phones. There is just no profit in it to give the masses the best and greatest upfront, but much more in delaying and stringing it our with these pointless incremental upgrades. That's my opinion anyways. The 2 year old tech I have in my phone is still doing wonders, but when they can make a phone that doubles as my PC, then, and only then will I be impressed, not this octa core ARM crap.
     
  6. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,212   +174

    Nice chips, but 2015 might as well be expressed as a year away. So the phone you get today still has legs to carry you a year at least. And if today's upgrade is better than your old phone then I wouldn't complain. It will take some while before developers feel that the market for software which take advantage of these higher-end CPU's has enough sales to justify the development costs.

    Still, I find it incredible that these little pocket toys which travel with us are surpassing processing, display, and GPU capabilities of laptops from just few years ago.
     
  7. TheBigFatClown

    TheBigFatClown TS Guru Posts: 647   +227

    Please explain to me and to our viewing audience how you are ever going to replace a desktop PC with a mobile phone, in particular the monitor? Sure, I can see a mobile phone CPU having the equivalent horsepower of a current desktop CPU 3-5 years down the road. But how do you package a 21.5", 23.6", or even a 27" 1920x1080 desktop monitor in a mobile space? The only way I can see it is with some type of video projection system. Maybe camping sites or even internet cafes can host the huge whitescreens or (more expensively actual huge monitors) and people can plug in their mobile phones? That's the only way I can visualize your dream having any meaning. But you lose some of the mobility if you have to go to specific places to get your viewing functionality. So this begs the question, if you can't enjoy an UHD 4k Blu-Ray movie in a mobile device, or an Unreal Engine 4 video game at 1920x1080 resolution on a huge color monitor what is point of the phone being able to push that many pixels to begin with? I refuse to watch movies on an anything less than what I have too and as of the past 3+ years that device has been no less than 21.5" large. Is there anybody who actually watches HD movies on a tiny cellphone and enjoys it? My cellphone has proved itself to be more handy than I thought it could be even a year ago. But it still can't and probably never will be able to replace my desktop monitors. Sure, the huge dinosaur boxes are becoming extinct thanks to Intels NUCs and other SFF devices. But the joy and benefits of a huge desktop screen aren't as easily replaced by a mobile device. Unless, they literally start making 21.5" tablets as a standard screen size.

    I also think your wrong when you say that the people who constantly push technology innovation don't do it because they really want to is not true. I think passion is the only thing that can truly drive innovation. You have to be pretty smart to do what these people do.

    I also don't think there is a conspiracy to dole out technological innovation. The pace of technological innovation has dropped to a much slower pace than in the past 20 years because man is at the very boundaries of technological innovation. We don't have 1TB Blu-Ray discs yet because they don't know how to make them. They have an idea of how to make them. But those ideas might not translate into reality when the time comes and so they have to tweak and refine their exact approach and that takes time. Competition also drives innovation. If Sony could release a 1TB Blu-Ray disc today they would be stupid not to capitalize on it and get it to market to make their millions. Someone else might 'stumble' onto a technology which gives us 5TB Blu-Ray discs and cause Sonys 1TB BD-R discs to become obsolete instantly. I don't think anybody wants to sit around and take that chance.

    The beauty of a free market is that you don't have to purchase anything you don't want too. Well except Obamacare. If you think that Intel and Seagate and Samsung are doleing there technology out solely to bleed you dry you don't have to buy it. See the beauty?
     
    Last edited: Apr 8, 2014
  8. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,476   +2,034

    Are you sure you never had a hand in helping Google draft that 1928 page letter to the USPTO? :)
     

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