According to Digitimes, Qualcomm has officially announced its plans to begin volume production of its eight-core Snapdragon 615 at a special event held in Shenzhen, China.
In addition to announcing its plans for the Snapdragon 615, Qualcomm also reportedly will fully unveil its 64-bit 6-core 808 and 8-core 810 by the year’s end. Keep in mind that “revealing” them doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll be available in any commercial products this year, though one can certainly hope.
The Snapdragon 615: a powerful mid-range offering
While there was a time when the Snapdragon 600 found itself in flagship devices like the Galaxy S4, the Snapdragon 615 is aimed at the mid-range market and as an alternative to processors made by competitors like MediaTek and even Samsung.
The Snapdragon 615 will be produced on a 28-nm manufacturing process at TSMC and will offer eight Cortex A53 cores. Additionally, the Snapdragon 615 has LTE Category 4 connectivity via a Gobi 9×25 modem.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 and 810: 64-bit era truly begins
Although the Snapdragon 615 is a meaningful step forward and could certainly be a welcome offering at the mid-range, what really has us excited are Qualcomm’s 64-bit 808 and 810 series.
Announced last month, both processors will be manufactured at TSMC on a 20-nm manufacturing process and will feature LTE Category 6/7 via a Gobi 9×35 modem. The Snapdragon 808 hexa-core variant will have two Cortex A57 cores and four Cortex-A53 cores. Meanwhile, the eight-core 810 will have four A57 cores and four A53 cores. Both SoCs will utilize all cores through ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture.
Of course, before 64-bit processors can really make a big dent, Android will need to be updated to better take advantage of the technology. While we can’t say for sure, odds are that the next major version of Android will make some necessary moves in that direction.
What do you think, excited for the next-generation of Qualcomm or perfectly happy with your Android experience as it is and in no rush to get the next big thing? Let us know what you think in the comments.