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Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 801, Snapdragon 610 And Snapdragon 615 At MWC 2014

This year’s Mobile World Conference event recently kicked off with various companies making announcements of their upcoming products. Popular mobile chip maker Qualcomm is also at the event and has announced three new chipsets, the 32-bit Snapdragon 801, and the 64-bit Snapdragon 610 and 615.

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The Snapdragon 801 is a minor improvement over the Snapdragon 800 chip and should become available in the market by the end of the first quarter this year. One of its noticeable improvements is the increase in its CPU clock speed, GPU clock speed as well as its use of eMMC 5.0 which allows it to have faster storage with speeds of up to 400MB/s.

Here’s a comparison between the Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974AB) and the Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974AC).

800

  • CPU: 4 x Krait 400
  • Max CPU Frequency: 2.3Ghz (2.26Ghz)
  • GPU: Adreno 330
  • Max GPU Frequency: 550Mhz
  • ISP Frequency: 465MHz
  • Memory Interface: 2 x 32-bit LPDDR#-1866
  • eMMC Interface: 4.5
  • Modem: 9×25 IP block, Category 4 LTE, DS-DA

801

  • CPU: 4 x Krait 400
  • Max CPU Frequency: 2.5Ghz (2.45Ghz)
  • GPU: Adreno 330
  • Max GPU Frequency: 578Mhz
  • ISP Frequency: 465MHz
  • Memory Interface: 2 x 32-bit LPDDR#-1866
  • eMMC Interface: 5.0
  • Modem: 9×25 IP block, Category 4 LTE, DS-DA

With Apple already using a 64-bit processor on its iPhone 5S model the shift to 64-bit computing has already started. In response to this Qualcomm has introduced two 64-bit chips called the Snapdragon 610 and the Snapdragon 615. Both chips are expected to be used in smartphones and tablets by the end of this year.

The difference between the 610 and the 615 is that the former is a quad-core chip while the latter is an octa-core chip. Just last year the company pointed out that having more cores does not necessarily mean that the processor is faster however if all specs of the chip are equal then the octa-core will surely outperform the quad-core.

Here’s a comparison between the Snapdragon 610 (MSM8939) and the Snapdragon 615 (MSM8936)

610

  • Manufacturing Process: 28nm LP
  • CPU: 4 x ARM Cortex A53
  • ISA: 32/64-bit ARMv8
  • GPU: Qualcomm Adreno 405
  • H.265 Decode: Yes
  • Memory Interface: 1 x 64-bit LPDDR2/3
  • Integrated Modem: 9×25 core, LTE Category 4, DC-HSPA+, DS-DA
  • Integrated WiFi: Qualcomm VIVE 802.11ac
  • eMMC Interface: 4.5

615

  • Manufacturing Process: 28nm LP
  • CPU: 8 x ARM Cortex A53
  • ISA: 32/64-bit ARMv8
  • GPU: Qualcomm Adreno 405
  • H.265 Decode: Yes
  • Memory Interface: 1 x 64-bit LPDDR2/3
  • Integrated Modem: 9×25 core, LTE Category 4, DC-HSPA+, DS-DA
  • Integrated WiFi: Qualcomm VIVE 802.11ac
  • eMMC Interface: 4.5

Both of these 64-bit chips however could not outperform the Snapdragon 800.

via gsmarena