Snapdragon 800 SoC to enter mass production next month

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Snapdragon 800

Most modern devices such as the Nexus 4 and Xperia Z along with a handful of others are rocking the older Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC while newer devices like the HTC One or Galaxy S4 GT-I9505 sport the Snapdragon 600 which is basically a rebranded overclocked S4 Pro SoC with minimal changes at the silicon level. — It looks that Qualcomm won’t just stop with those two this year, the company is willing to introduce the Snapdragon 800 sooner than expected!

Senior Product Manager Yufei Wang confirmed that his company’s next flagship SoC will enter mass production in late May but declined to comment about any future devices using it. The list potentially includes the next Xperia flagship along with a few rumored devices from ZTE.

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So what’s special about the Snapdragon 800? It’s Qualcomm first ARMv7 chip built on a newer architecture (as opposed to the Snapdragon 600) that will undoubtedly be faster and more efficient! It’s also the first 28nm chip built on TMSC’s newer HPm (High Performance Mobile) process technology while featuring the newer & faster Adreno 330 GPU while is 50% faster than its predecessor while also supporting 4K playback at 30fps and open standards like OpenCL 1.2 and OpenGL ES 3.0.

TSMC’s 28HPM is the first production process that can support 2GHz + application processors with low power consumption. The process is ideally suited for tablet and high-end smartphone applications so the Snapdragon 800 (which can be clocked up to 2.3GHz) shall not disappoint.