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"Upcoming phones" to feature Qualcomm's octa-core Snapdragon 615 SoC

Qualcomm itself has suggested that the first wave of 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 615 powered smartphones will be appearing soon.
August 20, 2014

We have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of Qualcomm’s high-end 64-bit generation of mobile processors and we’re gradually nearing the day when devices will land in consumer’s hands. According to its official Weibo account, Qualcomm has hinted that its Snapdragon 615, which was announced back in February this year, will be soon heading to market in a number of upcoming smartphones.

Given previous news and the new Qualcomm roadmap, which leaked just the other day, we already knew that the Snapdragon 615 (MSM8939) would be heading out in some form in the second half of this year, along with the Snapdragon 610 (MSM8936). This latest news suggests that 64-bit Qualcomm handsets could be announced this year, possibly at the upcoming IFA event in Berlin.

As for what to expect from the Snapdragon 615 – the chip features a 28nm octa-core CPU based on the 64-bit ARMv8 architecture. The SoC will feature eight Cortex-A53 CPU cores, which is ARM’s latest energy efficient mobile processor design.

The Snapdragon 615 will arrange these eight cores into two groups of four, one group clocked at 1.8 GHz and the other at 1 GHz. The new CPU design will be accompanied by Qualcomm’s Adreno 405 GPU, LPDDR3 memory, and integrated LTE modem. The Snapdragon 610 will be a very similar chip but with only four CPU cores, rather than eight.

We’re still none the wiser about exactly which new smartphones will be powered by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 615 processor, but an announcement can’t be too far away. Are you excited for the new entries in the Snapdragon 600 range, or are you waiting for the new 800 series SoCs?