Qualcomm's Snapdragon 808 and 810 processors promise 4K video, 64-bit and LTE-A support from 2015

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 808 and 810 processors promise 4K video, 64-bit and LTE-A support from 2015We already have the Snapdragon 800, 801 and 805, and now Qualcomm has added the numbers 808 and 810 to its high-end processor family, introducing support for beyond full-HD video, 64-bit processing and LTE-Advanced networking.

The Snapdragon 808 and 810 chips complete the company's adoption of 64-bit after the earlier arrival of the Snapdragon 610 and 615 and Snapdragon 410 options.

The 808 and 810 use a 20nm manufacturing process and combine a quartet of ARM Cortex A53 CPUs (as used by the existing 64-bit SoCs) with the more powerful ARM Cortex A57, two of them in the case of the Snapdragon 808 and four on the Snapdragon 810.

Graphics support has been upgraded too, with the 808 featuring an Adreno 408 GPU and the 810 getting Adreno 430 graphics. Leaving aside specifics, the point is they're significantly faster and more powerful than solutions inside even today's high-end silicone like the Snapdragon 801.

The increased overall power means the Snapdragon 810 can handle 4K displays (3840 x 2160), while the 808 welcomes resolutions of up to 2560 x 1600.

Of course, support for those higher specifications inevitably means more power consumption, but that will be offset to a large degree by the switch from 28nm to 20nm.

The only downside for now is that we'll only see the Snapdragon 808 and 810 start to appear inside new smartphones and other mobile hardware in the first half of next year. But it does effectively give us a glimpse of the kind of specs and features the smartphone pace-setters will be kitted out with a year from now and beyond.

Via AnandTech

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