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Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 set for mass production in late May

The king of Qualcomm's 2013 SoCs, the Snapdragon 800, is set for mass production in late May, although it's not known at this time what smartphones will use it.
April 26, 2013

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The Snapdragon 600 processor is already a brilliantly fast processor, found in powerhouse devices like the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One, but it’s only been warming the throne for the king of Qualcomm’s 2013 series of processors, the Snapdragon 800. At a media event in Beijing, Senior Product Manager Yufei Wang said that mass production for the Snapdragon 800 will start in late May, without revealing what devices would use the new processor.

To recap all of the improvements the Snapdragon 800 yields over its little brother, the 800 allows a higher clock speed of 2.3GHz (up from 1.9GHz on the 600), the more powerful Krait 400 architecture and the brand new Adreno 330 GPU set to light up those benchmarks like you’ve never seen (or at least one can hope so).

For those hoping for an octa-core beast incorporating big.LITTLE technology, you’ll be disappointed to know that the 800 is still a quad-core device. But the processor retains the asynchronous technology incorporated in the Snapdragon 600 meaning the processor will still be very power efficient. Features like 30 frames per second 4K playback capability will ensure devices incorporating this processor will be capable of utilizing all those pixels on your smartphone.

The Snapdragon 800 is certain to improve upon Qualcomm’s already brilliant processor lineup, especially with the new Adreno GPU. We could see this processor come out in devices in the latter parts of Q2, with ZTE are already sampling the SoC.

Are you excited about the Snapdragon 800? Think it will make a difference compared to the S4 and HTC One?