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April 26, 2013

Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 goes into production in May


Snapdragon 800, Qualcomm’s new high-end chip,which will land in tablets and smartphones, will be in mass production in May, according to Qualcomm senior PM Yufei Wang.

Qualcomm Media states:

Snapdragon 800 Processors are designed to deliver blazing fast apps and web browsing, visually stunning graphics, breakthrough multimedia capabilities, seamless communications virtually anytime, anywhere and outstanding battery life for premium smartphones, Smart TVs, digital media adapters and tablets.

Qualcomm did not specify which devices will feature it but, we all know that it’s likely it will be in the high-end devices.

The Snapdragon 800 is the next step of the evolution of Qualcomm’s chips, an improvement over the Snapdragon 600 that is now part of the best performing devices on the market today. The HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4 and LG Optimus G Pro all use the Snapdragon 600 with its Krait 300 processor.

It also features the new Adreno 330 GPU bringing a nearly 50% improvement in graphics performance over Adreno 320, and nearly doubling compute performance.In Snapdragon 800, we have a pretty dramatic bump up in performance. The chip features a quad-core Krait 400 processor clocked at up to 2.3GHz. The new Krait 400 processor comes with enhanced memory interface, with 2×32 LPDDR3 memory interface, lower latency to the main memory and quicker L2 cache.

It support 4K HD video capture and playback at 30fps. It also supports cameras of up to 55 megapixels.

The new chip will be manufactured using 28nm HPm, which is the High-K + Metal Gate process, with optimized power output at maximum loads. This is a departure from the standard 28nm LP manufacturing process used until now.

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini