Qualcomm announces next-gen Snapdragon 810 and 808 64-bit chipsets



The Snapdragon 801 chipset has enjoyed its 15 minutes of fame, but a new wild pair of cowboys are riding into town soon. Qualcomm has announced the next generation of Snapdragon 800 processors, with both the Snapdragon 810 and Snapdragon 808 being brought into the light this morning. What kind of horsepower will they provide? Why, we never thought you’d ask!

The Snapdragon 810 is being billed as their most powerful processor yet. One of the reasons is due to the Adreno 430 GPU on-board, which is said to be 30% faster graphics performance than the 420 found in the Snapdragon 805 (which hasn’t come to market in many smartphones or tablets as of yet).

Adreno 430 also provides 100% faster GPGPU performance while sucking battery a rate of 20% less. The Snapdragon 810 is also second processor Qualcomm has made with built-in 64-bit computing, something only the mid-range Snapdragon 410 enjoyed to this point. Beyond that, it has a set of both quad-core Cortex-A57 and quad-core Cortex-A53 cores.

An integrated, carrier-aggregated LTE modem makes it easy to make one device for ALL the airwaves, and support for OpenGL ES 3.1, 4K support over HDMI 1.4, 4K embedded display support, up to a 55 megapixel camera sensor, LPDDR4 memory, Bluetooth 4.1, USB 3.0, WiFi ac MIMO and more gives OEMs everything they need to create the devices they want.

The Snapdragon 808 is a bit less beefy, with an Adreno 418 GPU that’s about 20% faster in graphics performance than the Adreno 330 (which is what’s found in Snapdragon 801 devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8). It only has two Cortex-A57 cores to go along with the set of quad-core Cortex-A53. Snapdragon 808 can support embedded displays up to 2560 x 1600, and can push 4K video to an external display over HDMI 1.4. It also only supports LPDDR3 memory. Otherwise, the 808 enjoys much of the same features that the Snapdragon 810 does.

And that’s about it as far as major differences go. Both chipsets support 64-bit computing, though that won’t matter much for Android until Google gets their feet moving on a 64-bit OS. Still, it’s nice to know that all of Qualcomm’s latest processors will be future-proofed for whenever that eventually happens.

We’ll need to await more technical details about these two pieces of silicon before we know just how significant of a bump they are over today’s offerings, but early claims by Qualcomm have us excited to see these shoved into a device near you at some point in the future.

Worried that your shiny new Snapdragon 801-based device has been upended? Don’t be. We likely won’t be finagling any devices with these chipsets for ourselves before the year closes, as Qualcomm won’t begin sampling the chipsets until the second half of this year (which means we should expect first devices to land in the first half of 2015).

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. OH NO!!!! ALL OF THE PHONES BEING RELEASED OR ABOUT TO BE RELEASED ARE INSTANTLY OUT OF SPEC!!! Technology is moving too fast for manufacturers to keep up. just a few weeks ago everyone was complaining about the “oneplusone” having the 801 chip and they bumped it to 805. Now these chips are out i wonder if people will complain about this too!

    1. People need to realize that the newest phone is outdated the moment they walk out of the store with it in hand.

      And that’s perfectly alright. It’ll still play Angry Birds.

      1. My NOTE 3 still kicking ass…

        1. The M8 will stomp all over that N3

          1. Thank you for proving my point :)

          2. Ahh… ye trusty ol M8inBezel… Speed or Beauty… Thats the name of the game!

          3. If the M8 is the same size of the Note 3, what difference would it make?

          4. M8 might be the same footprint as the Note 3 but the M8 gets wrecked in terms of screen:bezel ratio. Your device might be as big as a Note 3, but without a display that actually takes advantage of the size. What’s the point?

        2. So is my G2…

      2. Totally disagree. I think phones are lasting longer than ever. In the early days we barely had enough power and new chip sets made big differences in usability. Not so any more. Phones rarely come close to maxing out their power.

        1. I am speaking purely about specifications. People that chase after the latest and greatest will always be disappointed, because mobile tech is moving so quickly these days. The sooner they realize two things – that spec sheets don’t matter, and they don’t really need all that power anyway – the better off their wallet will feel :)

          1. thats what i was getting at!

          2. Depends on their uses, I mainly want it so it will be better for mobile gaming

    2. Technology must continue to move as fast as possible if we want to continue advancing. Mobile computing is reaching the point where you don’t necessarily need the latest CPU to get a good experience. People no longer need to worry so much about whether or not you have the latest CPU. On enthusiasts who ‘must’ remain on the bleeding edge will care about this sort of thing going forward. And if they can afford to upgrade after every new release, more power to them.

  2. Hopefully the latest and greatest makes it into the Galaxy Note 4 as I can’t see myself using any other device after getting my Note 3.

  3. I’m waiting on the 815 chip…word is it will give cameras below 60MP x-ray capabilities……

  4. All the songs dedicated to the 808 drum machine are running though my head now. Bass Nectar, Blaque, Kellie, and a ton of rappers.

    1. 808’s & Heartbreak

  5. Didn’t we see kind of the same announcements before the Nexus 5? Makes me wonder.

  6. I wonder how this will compare with the A7 chip in the iPhone.

    1. I think it’s going to compete with upcoming A8 chip which is also rumored to support similar ram lpddr4.

  7. So the dual camera idea in the HTC ONE M8 comes from Qualcomm? :D Ubi-Focus They going in that direction instead of Mpix war.?

  8. The 810 and 808 are based on a 20 nm finfet technology without any delays probably products will be available early 2015 as stated in the article.

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