Move over Snapdragon 801, there’s a better processor from Qualcomm in the pipeline. The company has taken covers off the 64-bit Snapdragon 808 and Snapdragon 810. While these aren’t the first 64-bit processors from the company, they’re certainly the most powerful. Based on 20nm manufacturing process, the new chips will be faster and more powerful than the current generation.
The new chips also mark a significant shift in Qualcomm’s strategy. Instead of using in-house Krait cores, Snapdragon 808 and 810 will feature Cortex A57 and Cortex A53 cores instead. You can expect to see them arranged in big.LITTLE architecture similar to what Samsung has deployed on its Exynos chips.
The Snapdragon 810 will be beefier of the two and would pack four Cortex-A57 and four Cortex-A53 processor cores. The setup would bring 25-55% increase in performance for 20% increase in power consumption, which should be offset by the shift to 20nm manufacturing process. The chipset will also pack an Adreno 430 GPU, offering 30% more raw power than the Adreno 420, which in turn is 40 percent faster than the Adreno 330. Additionally, it will come with support for 4K displays, LPDDR4 RAM, voice activation and dual Image Signal Processors to improve upon the imaging capabilities.
The Snapdragon 808 will pack six cores, four of which will be Cortex A53, while the other two would be Cortex A57. Even with this setup, it should be more powerful than the current line of processors. The chipset will pack an Adreno 418, which would offer a 20 percent gain on the Adreno 330. It will also support 2K displays and LPDDR3 RAM. Both the chipsets with support 4G LTE Cat. 6, offering download speeds of up to 300MBps.
Now about the handsets sporting these processors, don’t hold your breath since they won’t be arriving until late 2015. That’s a lot of time, given that manufacturers are already catching up.