64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 to bring 4G LTE support to budget-friendly devices in 2014

by: Chris SmithDecember 9, 2013

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Qualcomm on Monday announced a new Snapdragon 410 processor that will pack 64-bit support and power next year’s mid-range devices.

The official press release announcing the new processor – and Qualcomm’s first 64-bit CPU for mobile use – was sent to various German publications including MobileGeeks, although for some reason Qualcomm failed to publish it on its website.

In addition to 64-bit support, Qualcomm has shared several other characteristics for the Snapdragon 410, including LTE support, as well as support for Full HD video playback and 13-megapixel cameras thanks to a new Qualcomm Adreno 306 graphics processing unit that’s included in the new SoC.

Built on 28nm process technology, the chip offers LTE, 3G and GSM support for all frequencies and operating modes and support for dual and triple SIM use. Most interestingly, the phone will bring 4G LTE support to future budget-friendly devices:

“We are excited to bring 4G LTE to highly affordable smartphones at a sub $150 ( ̴ 1,000 RMB) price point with the introduction of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor,” said Jeff Lorbeck, senior vice president and chief operating officer, Qualcomm Technologies, China. “The Snapdragon 410 chipset will also be the first of many 64-bit capable processors as Qualcomm Technologies helps lead the transition of the mobile ecosystem to 64-bit processing.”

Snapdragon 410 SoC samples are expected to arrive in the first half of next year, and to power mid-range devices over the course of 2014. In addition to Android, the chips will also work with other mobile operating systems including Windows Phone and Firefox.

Only recently, Qualcomm unveiled a new flagship SoC for next year’s high-end devices, the Snapdragon 805, so it makes sense to also upgrade chips that will be included in low-end and mid-ranged handsets and tablets.

Furthermore, the company was rumored to announce 64-bit mobile processors at CES 2014, and even demoted a top exec for saying that Apple’s 64-bit A7 CPU is a marketing gimmick.

Show Press Release

Qualcomm Technologies Introduces Snapdragon 410 Chipset with Integrated 4G LTE World Mode for High-Volume Smartphones

—4G LTE, 64-Bit Processing Expands Qualcomm Technologies’ Global Product Offerings and Reference Design Program —

SAN DIEGO — December 9, 2013 — Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., has introduced the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 410 chipset with integrated 4G LTE World Mode. The delivery of faster connections is important to the growth and adoption of smartphones in emerging regions, and Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets are poised to address the needs of consumers as 4G LTE begins to ramp in China. The new Snapdragon 410 chipsets are manufactured using 28nm process technology. They feature processors that are 64-bit capable along with superior graphics performance with the Adreno 306 GPU, 1080p video playback and up to a 13 Megapixel camera. Snapdragon 410 chipsets integrate 4G LTE and 3G cellular connectivity for all major modes and frequency bands across the globe and include support for Dual and Triple SIM. Together with Qualcomm RF360 Front End Solution, Snapdragon 410 chipsets will have multiband and multimode support. Snapdragon 410 chipsets also support all major operating systems, including the Android, Windows Phone and Firefox operating systems. Qualcomm Reference Design versions of the processor will be available to enable rapid development time and reduce OEM R&D, designed to provide a comprehensive mobile device platform. The Snapdragon 410 processor is anticipated to begin sampling in the first half of 2014 and expected to be in commercial devices in the second half of 2014.

Qualcomm Technologies also announced for the first time the intention to make 4G LTE available across all of the Snapdragon product tiers. The Snapdragon 410 processor gives the 400 product tier several 4G LTE options for high-volume mobile devices, as the third LTE-enabled solution in the product tier. By offering 4G LTE variants to its entry level smartphone lineup, Qualcomm Technologies ensures that emerging regions are equipped for this transition while also having every major 2G and 3G technology available to them. Qualcomm Technologies offers OEMs and operators differentiation through a rich feature set upon which to build innovative high-volume smartphones for budget-conscious consumers.

“We are excited to bring 4G LTE to highly affordable smartphones at a sub $150 ( ̴ 1,000 RMB) price point with the introduction of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor,” said Jeff Lorbeck, senior vice president and chief operating officer, Qualcomm Technologies, China. “The Snapdragon 410 chipset will also be the first of many 64-bit capable processors as Qualcomm Technologies helps lead the transition of the mobile ecosystem to 64-bit processing.”

Qualcomm Technologies will release the Qualcomm Reference Design (QRD) version of the Snapdragon 410 processor with support for Qualcomm RF360™ Front End Solution. The QRD program offers Qualcomm Technologies’ leading technical innovation, easy customization options, the QRD Global Enablement Solution which features regional software packages, modem configurations, testing and acceptance readiness for regional operator requirements, and access to a broad ecosystem of hardware component vendors and software application developers. Under the QRD program, customers can rapidly deliver differentiated smartphones to value-conscious consumers. There have been more than 350 public QRD-based product launches to date in collaboration with more than 40 OEMs in 18 countries.

  • Ryu

    Moto G successor with LTE.

  • Jack Parker

    Wait, 64bit quad core at 1.2ghz and mostly 1gb of ram and 4G, so how screwed is the iPhone 5s?

    • Stacey Liu

      Not at all? The A7 isn’t fast because it’s 64-bit. It’s fast because of ARMv8 and other architectural changes.

      Unless you think this 410 will have 2x the IPC of the Snapdragon 800, it won’t even touch the A7 at 1.2 GHz.

      • Jack Parker

        A quad A9 64bit must be quicker then a dual A7?

        • wsxyz

          This Snapdragon 410 is a quad A7 (ARM A7), not a quad A9. The Apple A7 in the iPhone 5s, on the other hand, is a dual cyclone core part that beats the quad-core Snapdragon 800 @ 2.3Mhz on most benchmark tests.

          So… no, this new part won’t come even close to Apple’s SoC.

          • Melad360

            actually the sd800 beats the A7 in multithreaded benchmarks like geekbench, A7 wins in single threaded

          • wsxyz

            In some products, barely. 4 cores @ 2.3Ghz barely edging out 2 cores @ 1.3Ghz in a multicore benchmark isn’t really anything to be proud of. On top of that, real world programs that actually hit all cores as hard as the multicore benchmark are basically nonexistent. So the A7 wins (handily) in any real-world situation.

            That isn’t to say that the Snapdragon 800 sucks. By no means, it is an excellent SoC, but the A7 is a generation ahead in microarchitecture. But the A7 also has its flaws. Its poor performance on the physics benchmark exposes some caching issues. It just happens to be the case that physics puts things in memory in exactly the wrong way to blow up the A7s caching algorithm and, as a result, the A7 performs approximately the same as the A6 on physics.

          • Melad360

            that’s true. real world A7 probably does win, I have no clue why Qualcomm or arm or nvidia can’t create chips that can even compete with what Apple makes when it comes to single core performance at the same frequency.. even the A6 I think beats the sd800 in single threaded, and even if it doesn’t, when you scale down the frequency of the sd 800 to match the A6 then the A6 is the clear winner

          • chris pinkston

            No the a6 doesn’t beat the sd800 in single core scores. And in real world use Nexus 5 is as fast as iPhone 5s

          • Melad360

            considering A6 gets ~710 single core with 1.3ghz, and sd 800 gets ~920 with 2.3ghz, that’s a pretty small difference for almost double the frequency. what my point is is that why can’t Qualcomm or whatever produce chips that have the same or comparable single threaded score at the same frequency? cuz if you scale down the 800 to 1.3 ghz you’ll get a score of like 520, that’s almost 30% slower than the A6 at the same frequency, and going by Apple’s claims of double speed in a7 then that gap goes to 64% slower… that’s sad

          • chris pinkston

            I agree and all things I’ve noticed myself. A7 is more efficient I guess but the end result is two soc that perform similar in real use. Similar performance achieved different ways.

          • Melad360

            yeah that’s true. hopefully their next gen chips can at least compete with the A7’s efficiency and single thread performance at similar clock speed

      • Salaried tips

        Won’t it have to be arm v8 to be 64 bit?

      • Azeem

        So you are saying the Snapdragon 800 is slower than the A7 in the iPhone 5s? Btw, the one in the 5s is 1.3 GHz, not 1.2.

        • wsxyz

          The Apple A7 wins on most benchmark tests, even though it is dual-core and its peak frequency is a full 1Ghz less than the peak frequency of common quad-core Snapdragon 800 implementations.

        • Stacey Liu

          Not as a whole, but clock per clock it is. The difference is hugely apparent on a single thread.

          And I was talking about the 410 when I said 1.2 GHz.

    • MasterMuffin

      I don’t quite understand the point of your comment, but the iPhone 5s has always been screwed :D

  • naturecannon

    And how is this 64 bit going to benefit mobile devices?

    • Shark Bait

      its a natural progression. I dont get why people here are so anti 64 bit. People said the same when intel started in 2001.

      I feel if the nexus had 64 bit and the iPhone didnt the sentiment would be very different

      • naturecannon

        I am not anti 64 bit!! Wanting to know how it will benefit. Examples?

        • NeedName

          ARMv8 instruction set — found only in ARM’s new 64-bit chips.

          • wsxyz

            This will be helpful. But ultimately 64 bitness isn’t in-and-of-itself very important in phones right now. Apple’s SoC is blazing fast more because of the internal architecture than because of 64-bitness.

        • Shark Bait

          64 bit doesn’t directly bring speed improvements, but memory intensive tasks can be handled better.

          ultimately its about the convergence of mobile and desktop computing and since arm 64 is fully compatible with arm 32 their is no downside.

          in other words a small improvement & future proofing with no draw backs – its evolution at work!

        • Goran Shakeit

          Everyone is thinking more RAM when they hear 64bit chip. Its not the only benefit. And a lot o people are “anti” this 64bit hype. However 64bit chip encode and decode faster and won’t use as much memory to do different tasks. So overall the phones will be faster

    • jirokanz

      Is iOS an x64 system? I know Android is not.

  • GrinigGammalGubbe

    MOTO G II…

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