Aug 03 AT 10:08 AM Alberto Vildosola 5 Comments

Qualcomm organizes Snapdragon chips, now easier to keep track

Snapdragon dime

QSD8250, QSD8650, MSM8255. What do these letters and numbers mean to you? Probably not much unless you’re a chipset nerd like us, who spends a lot of time reading Qualcomm’s Wikipedia page. But for the average consumer (or even the average techie) these weird model numbers couldn’t be more meaningless. And that’s a problem. In today’s world, even chipset makers like Qualcomm need to market their products to the average consumer.

In order to that, Qualcomm will now start to classify its Snapdragon chips by systems. In the S1 category we have last-gen 1 GHz chips that power mass market smartphones. On the S2 tier we have single-core high performance chips that run at speeds of up to 1.4 GHz. Moving on to dual-core processors, we have the S3 chips, which can run at speeds of 1.5 GHz. Devices powered by S3 chips include the HTC EVO 3D and Sensation 4G. Finally, we have the S4 system. This include those Krait-based chips that will arrive early next year. With up to 2.5 GHz speeds and four CPUs, these are the chips you want to keep an eye out for.

Once Qualcomm announces new chips, they’ll be branded as S6, S7, S8 and so on. S1 chips will always be S1 chips. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to get my hands on some sweet 5 GHz 16-core S10 goodness.

While this “rebranding” doesn’t necessarily kill the old model numbers, it’ll certainly make it much easier to compare Snapdragon chips to each other. You’ll know that, if you have a S4 chip inside your device, it’ll most likely be superior to your friend’s S3-powered phone.

Having said that, I don’t see my mom or dad bragging about their Snapdragon S3 phones anytime soon. But hey, at least we chipset enthusiasts will be able to keep our sanity from now on.

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Via: TechCrunch

Alberto is a college student living somewhere between Miami, Sarasota and the World Wide Web. Although a former iPhone owner, Alberto is now a proud Android enthusiast. You can follow Alberto on Twitter and Google+ for his thoughts unworthy of an article.

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    Is this something like they do with cars? lol. Audi a4, a6,etc…BMW 3, 5, 7 series? Im rocking an HTC Sensation S3 !

  • Richard Yarrell

    Slowly but surely more and more information will leak out about the EVO BRAND for 2012. An S4 system with up to 2.5 Ghz speed and 4cores lord only knows what next year’s EVO will be packed with. Qualcomm/Htc has plenty of surprises that will arrive another 9months from now at CTIA the birth place of everything EVO.

  • aj

    Glad to see they are making a bit easier cause it is a mouthful to quote the chipsets full name. But since i read alot of android websites and blogs while i havent memorized i have a gerenal idea of which one is better thanks to you guys and other websites :)

  • Tran Lang

    It’s much easier for me to remember now the Snapdragon chips thanks to Qualcomm’s “road map”. I have the HTC Sensation 4G. I did a lot of things to it like permanent S-off, CWM, rooted, put an InsertCoin Sense Android 2.3.4RC2, and it runs like a crazy horse. I can’t imagine how wonderful a phone would be with 5 GHz 16-core S10 chip. Can’t wait to root that phone.

  • Sean the Electrofreak

    Awww… I kinda liked watching people’s eyes get wide when I told them that the reason battery life on their EVO was so short was their QSD8650 SoC on the 65nm process.

    But, I’m one of those tech nerds that has read the Qualcomm’s Wikipedia page as well as poured over block diagrams and whitepapers…