Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 to enter mass production by end of May

By Nir Kenner on April 26, 2013, 10:03 AM

While flagship Android phones like the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 are still fresh off the production line, tech junkies probably want to know what comes after. Today Qualcomm has revealed that their new processor will hit mass production by the end of May, and will see the light of day in consumer products as early as June.

The new Snapdragon 800 SoC features a 28nm processor that can hit clock rates of up to 2.3 GHz, and similar to its predecessor, the four cores are clocked asynchronously to allow for better power management. Qualcomm has also updated their Adreno 330 GPU to enable a 50 percent increase in graphic performance, but of course since no benchmarks are out yet we'll have to wait and see to verify those claims.

Below are some of the main aspects of the new chip:

Those of you hoping for a bump in the number of cores will be disappointed, as the processor is still "only" four cores, unlike Samsung's 8-core Exynos 5 Octa processor. Nevertheless, Qualcomm claims their upgraded Krait 400 architecture allows for sustained peak performance in a mobile power profile. Combined with support for high performance low profile DDR3 memory, we are likely to see a worthy contender to the likes of Samsung's Exynos 5, Nvidia's Tegra 4 and Apple's A6 / A6X processors.  

Some of the key features Qualcomm is highlighting include the ability for 30fps 4K x 2K video playback, and support for a 55 megapixel camera. While we are doubtful major phone manufacturers will begin releasing devices equipped with 55 megapixel sensors any time soon, that's still impressive in its own right.




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Darth Shiv Darth Shiv said:

You could hook up to a 4K device via HDMI for playback...

1 person liked this | MilwaukeeMike said:

After reading about the HTC One and the Galaxy S4 it sounds like we're getting pretty close to the point where better performance isn't important and we'll only need better processors for improved battery life.

VitalyT VitalyT said:

You could hook up to a 4K device via HDMI for playback...

Except the current HDMI 1.4 sucks at playing 4K, giving you up to 30fps at best. You need HDMI 2.0 to start using it properly. DisplayPort 1.2 on the other hand is here already, and quite capable of proper 4K playback

Guest said:

That's some powerful stuff right there..... hope the people who buy devices using this enjoy their 4 hour battery life. Seriously, they need to slow down on performance improvements and focus on battery tech. Pretty soon we'll be down to 2 hours on a charge for a smartphone.

VitalyT VitalyT said:

...see a worthy contender to the likes of Samsung's Exynos 5, Nvidia's Tegra 4 and Apple's A6 / A6X processors

A proper list of contenders should be made of NVidia Tegra 5 and Apple's A7 that are coming to the market at around the same time.

Littleczr Littleczr said:

After reading about the HTC One and the Galaxy S4 it sounds like we're getting pretty close to the point where better performance isn't important and we'll only need better processors for improved battery life.

Yes. Even my 6/6 core desktop doesn't use all the 12 cores. Only when video rendering.

VitalyT VitalyT said:

we'll only need better processors for improved battery life.

Improvements in processor are not going to make a big difference in battery life. We need a new battery. There are a few research findings that claimed a breakthrough in this area, none made to the market yet due to various issues, but they likely will, and relatively soon.

Here's just one of them: [link]

Darth Shiv Darth Shiv said:

You could hook up to a 4K device via HDMI for playback...

Except the current HDMI 1.4 sucks at playing 4K, giving you up to 30fps at best. You need HDMI 2.0 to start using it properly. DisplayPort 1.2 on the other hand is here already, and quite capable of proper 4K playback

Yeah wasn't saying it would be perfect yet but at least some of the components are heading in the right direction

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