Qualcomm outs Snapdragon 801 along with a couple of 64-bit processors with integrated LTE

by: Gary SimsFebruary 24, 2014

Qualcomm Brand Shot CES 2014-3Qualcomm has taken the wraps off a new 32-bit processor, the Snapdragon 801 and two new 64-bit processors, the Snapdragon 610 and 615. The Snapdragon 801 is a new iteration of the popular Snapdragon 800 processor that has been tweaked to make it faster, while the Snapdragon 610 and 615 are 64-bit octa-core and quad-core processors respectively with integrated 5 mode global LTE capabilities.

The Snapdragon 801, which has already seen the light of day in the newly announced Sony Xperia Z2 and Sony Xperia Tablet Z2, is a quad-core Krait 400 processor very much like its predecessor. It also has the same GPU, however compared to the Snapdragon 800, the 801 can be clocked slightly faster at 2.45GHz  (up from 2.3GHz) and supports a faster maximum GPU frequency.

The Snapdragon 610 and 615 are designed to allow manufacturers to make handsets that support LTE across all the major bands and modes without needing to ship different models for different geographic areas. The integrated modems also support the major 3G technologies.

64-bit processing capabilities are now an industry requirement.

The Snapdragon 615 is the world’s first commercially announced 64-bit octa-core solution with integrated LTE. Its smaller brother, the Snapdragon 610 is a 64-bit quad-core design with the same LTE capabilities.

Qualcomm announced its first 64-bit processor with LTE support, the Snapdragon 410, back in December. The Snapdragon 410, 610 and 615 chipsets support the ARMv8 64-bit instruction set which brings 64-bit computing to mobile while maintaining compatibility with existing 32-bit software. All three processors use ARM’s Cortex A53 core design.

The 610 and 615 both use Qualcomm’s Adreno 405 GPU. The Ardeno 400 series GPU was first announced as part of the upcoming Snapdragon 805 processor, which will feature the Ardeno 420, and is now being made available in the Snapdragon 600 tier for the first time. The Adreno 405, found in the Snapdragon 610 and 615, supports DirectX 11.2 and Open GL ES3.0 with added support of hardware accelerated geometry shading and hardware tessellation. The display engine supports up to Quad High Definition (2560×1600) displays and has an embedded H.265 hardware decoder.

“64-bit processing capabilities are now an industry requirement for this tier, and we are meeting our customers’ needs with both octa- and quad-core configurations, as well as bringing our superior Adreno 405 graphics and powerful suite of connectivity technologies to the Snapdragon 600 family of chipsets,” said said Murthy Renduchintala, executive vice president, Qualcomm.

Qualcomm anticipates that Qualcomm Reference Design (QRD) versions of the Snapdragon 610 and 615 chipsets will be available in the fourth quarter of 2014. However they will begin sampling in the third quarter.

What do you think? Are you looking forward to an LTE phone powered by a 64-bit octa-core processor from Qualcomm?

  • MasterMuffin

    So Qualcomm, 64-bit is a marketing gimmick? ;)

    • wallazz

      If you can’t beat them, join them!

    • Dan

      It is a gimmick, but as a business, you cannot ignore customer demand.

      • MasterMuffin

        As a business they should think what they say :)

      • Don Nicolai Salonga

        Just add 4 gig of ram and turns to be useful

    • Amine Elouakil

      64 bit more or less useless right now in the smartphone world but on the other hand moving from ARMv7 to v8 will be benificial in terms of efficiency and performance, the 64bit part will be interesting in a couple of generation from now, when you’ll have 4gb+ ram devices and the OS that will fully take advantage of it, also I can see this interessting for ARM server applications

      • Ishmeet kalra

        4GB of ram isn’t the only advantage of a 64-bit system.
        Unlike 32 bit systems, which directly store any added software or code in a fixed order, 64-bit systems store it in random places in your storage, which isn’t visible to the user, but is quite safe, as no one can predict the location of where your data shall be stored next.
        Aside that, it also allows for faster access to native code, thereby making system faster and also lighter on resources.
        It’s benifits shall be seen as soon as it comes into the market.

        • Amine Elouakil

          I know but you are missing the point, if the OS doesn’t take advantage of 64 bit at the lower level it’s useless, not to mention the limited storage on a mobile device (one of the disadvantage of 64 bit it’s needs more memory for extra pointers). As I said 64-bit will not benifit the mobile arena, till some few generation from now, Apple interpretation is better since it control software and hardware likewise, and I won’t be astonished if they’ll start taking real advantage of 64bit on their next generation chip and OS version

  • Tay

    Well finally we can actually visit the site without the non-removable Bit-defender ad taking up 80‰ of the page..

    • M

      zoom in the page and it will diappear

  • Ryanjayce

    I can’t decide any mores Specs vs. Open Source Development?

    • Ishmeet kalra

      U could go for both.
      Just pick up any international samsung or sony device. Both have quite some support for open source development and include top tier specs.

  • Gabriel Galli

    “part of the upcoming Snapdragon 805 processor, which will feature the Ardeno 420”

    Isn’t it Adreno 450 instead?

    Why don’t these manufacturers REALLY improve their stuff with long-term releases instead of a new announcement every 3 months with 1 or 2 minor improvements (Snapdragon 800 and 801 with those MSMxxxxAB and MSMxxxxAC stuff…)? OMFG!

    • renz

      snapdragon 805 will have adreno 420. the core will be called Krait 450 (krait 400 for snapdragon 800). some people are confusing between adreno 420 and Krait 450

      • Gabriel Galli

        Oh, thanks!

  • guy with guts

    So qualcomm is either over-confident or clueless. Fourth quarter of 2014 seriously seems a bit late. And the flagship snapdragon 805 late arrival must have put every OEM in trouble. Their H1 flagships are already obsolete when apple comes with apple A8 and tegra k1.

    • Amine Elouakil

      It’s either, you can’t just produce a new chip in millions with a flick of finger, and the thing is about Qualcomm, is not the revolutionary CPU or GPU side of their SoC, but the whole integrated solution they are offering and others cannot match, and as an example the Tegra K1 will not hit any smartphone due (unless we are talking phablets) due to power consumption, and it needs an external modem for LTE and what’s not, remember the HTC Thunderbolt?

      • renz

        power consumption wise tegra K1 might be okay (xiomi and ZTE can put Tegra 4 with power hungry A15 in their phones also anandtech said in their tegra K1 analysis that assumption about K1 will be too power hungry are overrated) but the fact K1 doesn’t have integrated modem are more likely the reason it will not be adopted by smartphone maker.

        • Amine Elouakil

          That why the K1 is bound to be used in tablets, and maybe some phablets, due to the fact that it doesn’t have an integrated modem and that’s why Tegra 4 failed, where as Tegra 4i might be more popular especially at mid/low range devices

  • Amine Elouakil

    The 801 is just the 800 8x74AC renamed so that the OEMs can brag that they have a new processor compared, to Q3/Q4 2013, that doesn’t change the fact that some OEMs like Samsung or Sony will have flagships that will have the exact same hardware as their last year flagships.