We’re seeing an explosion of Qualcomm-power chips, from the Nexus 4 to the Xperia T,V and Z all the way down to the Nokia Lumias but things are once again going to change, set for innovation Qualcomm announced that it’ll be introducing new chips bearing the same brand name.
The Snapdragon 600 SoC utilizes four Krait 300 cores which runs at 1.9GHz with the same Adreno 320 GPu that was found in last year’s S4 Pro Chips but natively support LPDDR3 RAM & is around 40% better performance than the Snapdragon S4 Pro processor.
The more robust one is dubbed the Snapdragon 800 with four Krait 400 cores running at a peak frequency of 2.3GHz & an unseen Adreno 330 GPU which comes with Flex Render Technology and offers roughly twice the compute performance than the Adreno 320 but as usual this higher end variant sports some additional goodies notably UltraHD/4K resolution support, HD Audio with support for DTS-HD, Dolby Digital Plus and 7.1 surround sound & Dual Image Signal Processors that can process up to four cameras with photo merging into a master 55MPixel image, separate autofocus and captures, 1080p30 video captures and support for dual 32bit LPDDR3 RAM at 800MHz. 4G LTE Cat 4 and 802.11ac are natively supported, these connectivity options offer blazing fast, seamless connectivity with cellular modem boasting data rates up to 150 Mbps and 802.11ac at speeds up to 1 Gbps. The Snapdragon 800 is 75% faster than the Snapdragon S4 Pro.
It seems that Qualcomm is setting the tone for a 2013 that will be very competitive. The Snapdragon 800 looks amazingly strong. Internally, Qualcomm is very confident that this will keep its competitors at bay, including NVIDIA’s Tegra 4, which just launched yesterday. As the trend goes on Samsung and others will also release new versions of their leading smartphone SoC with the ARM Cortex-A15 core designs. This year promises quite some surprises, that said those new Snapdragon chips won’t likely be seen this early.
Anandtech provides a much detailed overview of those newly announced SoCs.