Snapdragon has remained one of most popular families of mobile system on chips (SoC). Developed by Qualcomm, the Snapdragon has been available in certain advanced versions and the company is now on its way to produce the next 800 series.
The Snapdragon 600 had been launched previously and has been in use in several phones such as the PadFone Infinity,Galaxy S 4, HTC One,Optimus G Pro and Xiaomi 2S. The 600 had some great features; it had a 802.11ac for peak Wi-Fi performance, IZ AT location technology features GNSS for accurate auto navigation, indoor capabilities for advanced location based services, an energy efficient LP process, a dynamic GPU clock and voltage scaling and a Qualcomm quick charge 1.0 integrated in order to give up to 40% better battery charging. Also, the user experiences were very good with the 600. The most stand-out feature was the playback video at 1080p HD.
This wasn’t enough though because the mobiles that are now being launched require even advanced SoC chips. To cater to this need, the company Qualcomm has already announced that it will be starting it mass production of the Snapdragon 800 in late May. This exciting and informative news especially for IT professionals was given at a media event in Beijing a few days back. The source was a senior Product Manager Yufei Wing.
Although we are sure of the start of its production yet we do not know which mobiles are going to have this chip. So we have to wait for that. Officials were not allowed to run any benchmark tests on the Snapdragon 800 development devices.
We have already discussed the features of the 600 but let’s shed a light on the comparison of the 600 with the newer version. The 800 has a relatively powerful Krait 400 architecture and can maintain a speed of up to 2.3 GHz. Although the four cores are clocked asynchronously as in the 600, but the 800 packs a new Adreno 300 graphics processor with 30fps 4K playback capability.
The 800 also has a better Adreno 320’s Flex Render technology that has the ability to dramatically switch between direct rendering and binning rendering for better performance and improved efficiency. The two chips share the same CPU Instruction Set, but have a different Semiconductor technology. As to the question of what phones will feature it however, the company remains silent.