Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 800 and 600 series chips, promises huge performance gains

By on January 8, 2013, 10:30 AM

Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs took the stage at the Las Vegas Convention Center last night to unveil the company's latest chipsets: the Snapdragon 800 and 600 series. The former will appear in “premium” mobile devices in the second half of the year and offer up to a 75% performance boost over current Snapdragon S4 chips, while the 600 for high end devices will be arriving in Q2 with 40% better performance than the S4.

Both new models will be manufactured on a 28 nanometer process, giving them “exceptionally” low power consumption rates, which is always a key point when it comes to smartphones and tablets.

The 800 series includes a quad-core CPU, known as the Krait 400, with each core running at up to 2.3Ghz. It has a new Adreno 330 GPU that's said to offer a 2x graphics performance boost from the previous-gen Adreno 320, support for 2x32bit LPDDR3 RAM at 800MHz (with memory bandwidth of 12.8GB/s), and integrates a 4G LTE modem for data rates of up to 150Mbps as well as the new 802.11ac WiFi standard.

All that adds up to a seriously capable chip. According to Qualcomm, the 800 series will support UltraHD (a.k.a. 4K) playback at 30fps, handle 2K video (or more precisely 2560 x 2048) at 60fps, and deliver the latest 7.1 channel DTS-HD and Dolby Digital Plus audio standards.

Meanwhile, the 600 series uses a quad-core Krait 300 CPU running at up to 1.9 GHz, the Adreno 320 GPU, and LPDDR3 RAM. It may be a step down from the 800 series but it's still a significant improvement over the already capable S4 Pro, and Qualcomm believes it will give chips like the new Tegra 4, Samsung’s Exynos 5, and Apple's A5 and A5X some serious competition. Between the two new processor families, the company says it's already got 50 different products lined up to use the chips. You can watch the full presentation here.




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PC nerd PC nerd said:

There doesn't seem to be much detailed info on the architecture of the SOC's.

Is it actually 4 cores? Or is it 2 cores / 2 threads?

What is the TDP/power usage of these chips?

What sort of internal caches are we looking at?

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

If its a true Quad core and can actually last more than 8 hours of run time at 2.3GHz on a smart phone that is genuinely impressive.

Its nice to see WiFi ac as well, bout time some products with that wireless standard are being released.

PC nerd PC nerd said:

If its a true Quad core and can actually last more than 8 hours of run time at 2.3GHz on a smart phone that is genuinely impressive.

Its nice to see WiFi ac as well, bout time some products with that wireless standard are being released.

I don't think it's possible to get 8 hours out of a proper quad core. Unless you've got a hideously massive battery stuck to it.

Littleczr Littleczr said:

Tegra vs Snapdragon fight and the consumer benefits.

PC nerd PC nerd said:

The power they can squeeze into phones, laptops and mITX PC's nowadays never ceases to amaze me.

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