Apr 07 AT 2:17 PM Dima Aryeh 14 Comments

Qualcomm gives sneak peek of Snapdragon 810 and 808, time to get depressed about the current gen

Qualcomm Snapdragon 810

We all that technology moves at a crazy fast rate. It’s incredible to see how amazing our smartphones have become over the last few years. And while it can also get a little depressing when your flagship device is surpassed by a new product, what’s worse is when your flagship is still the absolute best device out there but you know that something better is coming.

Qualcomm is now teasing us with a new generation of processors. The Snapdragon 810 and 808 aren’t even close to release and the Snapdragon 805 still hasn’t come out, but Qualcomm has decided to show off its new processors anyway. Good on Qualcomm for making its current and even future products suddenly seem very out of date.

The new Snapdragon 810 will be an absolute beast. It features eight 64-bit cores, four Cortex-A57 cores for heavy lifting and four Cortex-A53 cores for the smaller tasks. It also has an Adreno 430 GPU, which is 30 percent faster than the Adreno 420 that’s in the Snapdragon 805. The unreleased 805 is already much faster than our current generation of processors, so that Adreno 430 GPU just sounds crazy. The Snapdragon 810 also includes support for 4K displays, LPDDR4 RAM, CAT6 LTE-Advanced, voice control, 2 stream MIMO WiFi and more.

The Snapdragon 808 is a more simple chipset with only two Cortex-A57 cores and four Cortex-A53 cores. The Adreno 418 GPU inside of the 808 is 20 percent faster than the Adreno 330, which is the GPU that’s included with the Snapdragon 800 and 801. Whether the Snapdragon 808 will be positioned above or below the Snapdragon 805 is still unknown, but obviously the main focus here is the Snapdragon 810.

Both the Snapdragon 810 and 808 are at least a year out, as they aren’t expected to be available until the first half of 2015. Qualcomm has teased these chips incredibly early, and we can’t see a point other than trying to keep people excited. But in a way, doesn’t it also make you a bit depressed? Leave a comment telling us your thoughts and opinions on Qualcomm’s decision to announce these processors so early.

Source: Engadget

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things tech. He does photography, is an avid phone modder (who uses an AT&T Galaxy Note II), a heavy gamer (both PC and 360), and an aspiring home mechanic. He is also an avid fan of music, especially power metal.

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  • Eli Gaffke

    Just makes me more content to stick with my GS3 for another year since there is nothing this year that I am excited about. I’ll renew my Best Buy protection plan and not worry about my phone getting busted and then get something in ’15

    • nosense

      I think the 808 is the best solution for a cheap but powerful future 2K beast. Aka a new Moto G for 2015

      The 810 will crush everything out there and as long as 4K screens on smartphones look ridiculous, there’s a bigger appetite for it to become the new Nexus 10 2015.

      Mediatek is jumping into the 64bit chips as late as 3rd quarter of 2014 with their Octacore MT6752 and Quadcore MT6532 Chipsets.

      So they seem to have the edge over Qualcomm in terms development… You know, all the edge they lack to update their current chipsets up to Kitkat… Ridiculous.

      • Khata

        I hate it when clueless people automatically assume that if a processor is using 8 cores and 64-bit then it means it a high-end processor.

        Mediatek MT6752 is not high-end CPU because it is using 8 SMALL slow cores based on cortex A53. This thing is not going to be even slower than 32-bit quad core Snapdragon 800

        In case you don’t know, Qualcomm already working on something similar to MT6752 and it is called snapdragon 615 which used 8 cores based on slow cortex A53

        This not like snapdragon 810 which using 4 BIG fast cores (cortex A57) + 4 Small cores (A53). There is a big difference between the two

  • 99steven

    This just proves that there is know need to upgrade to the m8 or s5. It would just be a waste, I will wait for real improvements, as the new phones are the same as six months ago and the real improvements are coming.

  • BlazeHN

    Processors every time more and more powerful, needing even more power too, while battery still stuck on the same technology and its restricted to the phisical size… thats bad…

    • http://www.androidandme.com Dima Aryeh

      To be fair, each processor is more efficient due to the way it’s made. You know the newest Intel Ivy Bridge processors? They’re 22nm compared to the 32nm Sandy Bridge, and they’re far more power efficient despite being about the same strength.

      • Riza Ariefianto

        Yes. Each time new processor is coming out, they have to powered higher specs like bigger screen, bigger resolution, more sensor, more gimmick features etc.

        This processor combined with compact phone (4.3 HD – 4.7 FHD) and good software optimization will be amazing!

  • renyo

    And now we wait for Nvidia and Intel…

  • redraider133

    It’s to the point where the processors are plenty adequate, but there is very little in terms of software that puts the processors to their limits. Love seeing the improvements, and hopefully battery life will improve as well with these new processors.

  • Galen20K

    These chips won’t be out until 2015. I’ll buy this year’s flagship and I’ll buy next year’s flagship, I usually buy a new device every 6-8 months. Interestingly enough even tho I usually buy a flagship device and then the Nexus in the fall, I skipped the Nexus 5 and stayed exclusively with my m7 first device that made me feel as if I didn’t need to hurry to upgrade. Full disclosure: I still keep all my old devices.

  • chad greentee

    I find it a bit surprising that they announce the new chipsets earlier this month.I guess I’m going to hold off on the flagship this year, I’m going to buy a new moto G. That will most likely release during yhis summer and buy a flagship next year, because with the chipset it looks like it is the real changewe have been waiting for for quite a few years.

  • Bart

    I have 1 year left on my contract with my HTC One M7, so I don’t mind these leaks. Hopefully something like the 810 will find its way to the M9 next year!

    • SGB101

      M9 will be March April release, this chip is rumoured end of summer.

      More likely m10.

  • donger

    Dope. Next year though.