Snapdragon 810 and Snapdragon 808 ARMv8-A SoCs announced by Qualcomm

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Snapdragon 810 and Snapdragon 808

Qualcomm has announced yet another family of AArch64/ARMv8-A based SoCs; the Snapdragon 810 and Snapdragon 808, which will both feature numerous improvements in the GPU rendering department, image processing and LTE.

We previously quite a bunch of ARMv8-A SoCs from Qualcomm, notably the Snapdragon 410, 610 and 615 which were unfortunately not designed as top-notch chips. This time however, Qualcomm appears to be aiming at the high end segment with those two new SoCs with ARM big.LITTLE (GTS)

The Snapdragon 810 will replace the recently announced Snapdragon 805 as top-tier SoC, it will pack 8 cores, four of which are genetic ARM Cortex-A57 coupled with another four Cortex-A53 cores. Clock speeds were not revealed but we expect the A57 to tick around 2.5-2.8GHz and the A53 at around 1.7-2.0GHz, GPU-wise the SoC will feature the new Adreno 430 which will be 30% faster than the Adreno 420, which in turn is 40% faster than the Adreno 330 found in current Snapdragon 800/801 chips, essentially translating into a 80% increase over current-gen Qualcomm SoCs.

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Qualcomm claims that the Snapdragon 810 promises a 20-55% increase in raw performance at the cost of only 20% increase in power. It will be the company’s first SoC with native 64-bit LPDD4-1600 bus (25.6GB/s), there’s also a 14-bit ISP and eMMC 5.0 support.

The Snapdragon 808 will however carry 6 cores; two Cortex-A57 paired with four Cortex-A53 along with the new Adreno 418 which slots under the Adreno 420 found in the 805 but is about 30% the 330. The 808 also features a 64-bit bus with LPDDR3-933 (14.9GB/s) and a 12-bit ISP as well as eMMC5.0.

Both, the Snapdragon 810 and Snapdragon 808 chips, will support be built on the 20nm HPm process and support H265/HEVC but the 808 will be limited to decoding while the 810 will support both encoding and decoding. There’s also 4G LTE Cat. 6 which will propel download speeds up to 300MB/s, technology that current smartphones like the Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 or Xperia Z2 dont have.

Qualcomm is sticking with ARM’s Cortex-A5x IP for their ARMv8 SoCs but the company will surely unveil another lineup with their own custom 64-bit Krait design later this year.

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