Ever since Apple announced the iPhone 5s running Apple’s A7 chip with support for 64 Bit architecture, there have been rumours a plenty about Android going the same route. However, after initially downplaying the need of a 64 Bit Chip, Qualcomm decided to enter the race with its Snapdragon 410 processor. However, now, Qualcomm has made the big move and announced the Snapdragon 808 and 810 chips, both of which will be available starting early 2015.
The two will be an upgrade from the Snapdragon 801 chips which are the most powerful ones in the arsenal of Qualcomm. Although Android itself has not added support for 64 Bit, the move makes sense because obviously, that is where the industry is headed to. The main difference between Snapdragon between 808 and 810 is the support for different display resolution and CPU. Snapdragon 808 can power up to 2K displays while Snapdragon 810 supports 4K. Snapdragon 808 has an hexacore CPU while Snapdragon 810 is rocking an octacore one.
Qualcomm executive VP Murthy Renduchintala said in a statement, “These product announcements, in combination with the continued development of our next-generation custom 64-bit CPU, will ensure we have a tremendous foundation on which to innovate as we continue to push the boundaries of mobile computing performance in the years to come.”
The Qualcomm lineup of the 64 Bit chips include Snapdragon 615, 610 and 410, all of which use ARM Cortex A53 Cores. The newer Snapdragon 808 and 810 move to the big.LITTLE architecture. The Snapdragon 808 features two Cortex A57s and four Cortex A53s while the Snapdragon 810 features four A57s and four A53s. Thanks to GTS, all six or eight cores can be active at the same time. There is also a difference in GPUs of the two as the Snapdragon 808 will use an Adreno 418 GPU while the 810 will get the Adreno 430 GPU. The Adreno 430 promises a graphics performance which is 80% faster than Adreno 330 used in Snapdragon 800/801. Snapdragon 810 is expected to be in the market before the 808 though, which will follow it shortly.