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Qualcomm Announces Next-gen 800 and 600 Mobile Processors, Up to 75% Better Performance

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Only a day after NVIDIA announced its new Tegra 4 processor and impressed the mobile industry, Qualcomm took the stage at the opening keynote of CES to announce their own new line of mobile chipsets. Mobile fans, please welcome in the Snapdragon 800, 600, 400, and  200. 

The Snapdragon 800 and 600 are the focus for us, as both are considered high-end for the mobile space. The 800 runs new Krait 400 architecture that can deliver up to 75% better performance over the Snapdragon S4 at 2.3GHz per core. Think about that for a second – it’s 75% better than the processor that is still currently blowing our minds. It also sports a new Adreno 330 GPU which can produce 2x the performance of the S4′s Adreno 320 GPU. Last, the 800 is ultra-efficient when it comes to battery life and supports 4K video recording.

The Snapdragon 600 is also targeted at high-end mobile phones, but sports slightly different specs. It rocks out with new Krait 300 cores at speeds up to 1.9GHz per core, a new speed enhanced Adreno 320 GPU, and delivers up to 40% better performance than current Snapdragon S4 processors at lower power.

The 800 will arrive by mid-2013 after they finish sampling. The 600 should be in commercial devices by Q2 of this year.

Qualcomm Announces Next Generation Snapdragon Premium Mobile Processors

New Snapdragon 800 and 600 Processors Represent a Significant Performance Leap For High-End Mobile Computing Devices

LAS VEGAS – January 07, 2013 – Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., is sampling the first products in its latest generation of processors. With the introduction of its newest Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 and 600 processors, Qualcomm continues to lead the industry by once again raising the bar on performance per watt and delivering unparalleled user experiences.

The new Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processors target premium mobile and computing devices. They are designed to deliver outstanding overall user experience, expand the possibilities of seamless connected computing and enable brand new mobile experiences while maintaining industry-leading battery performance:

  • The Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processors will deliver up to 75 percent better performance than the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and the move to 28nm High Performance for mobile (HPm) technology node ensures exceptionally low power
  • New Krait 400 CPU in quad configuration, with speeds of up to 2.3 GHz per core offers best-in-class performance per watt, so processor performance can hold up to the more demanding processing and communication requirements of premium mobile devices
  • Additionally, asynchronous SMP architecture provides dynamic power sensing and control for peak performance per core, while extending battery life without the use of specialized cores
  • New Adreno 330 GPU delivers more than 2x performance for compute applications over the current Adreno 320 GPU
  • 2x32bit LP-DDR3 at 800MHz with industry-leading memory bandwidth of 12.8GBps
  • New Hexagon DSP V5 delivers floating point support, dynamic multithreading and expanded multimedia instructions for enhanced low power performance
  • New IZat™ location technology combines multiple tracking systems into a single high performance, highly accurate navigation platform for auto and pedestrian applications
  • Seamless communications anytime, anywhere: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processors offer fully integrated connectivity and a wide variety of communication options.
  • Third generation 4G LTE modem with data rates up to 150 Mbps (Category 4), fully integrated in the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processors
  • 4G LTE Advanced Carrier Aggregation feature to maximize radio frequency bandwidth
  • World multimode and multi-band support using wafer level package (WTR1605)
  • Integrated newest generation mobile Wi-Fi connectivity, 802.11ac
  • Broad connectivity support with integrated USB 3.0, Bluetooth and FM

Breakthrough multimedia experiences: The Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processors also introduce the very latest mobile experiences.

  • Capture, playback and display in UltraHD video (with four times 1080p pixel density)
  • Dual Image Signal Processors (ISP) for Qualcomm Snapdragon Camera with support for computational camera
  • HD multichannel audio with DTS-HD and Dolby Digital Plus for enhanced audio
  • Higher display resolutions (up to 2560×2048) and Miracast 1080p HD support

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processors are currently sampling and expected to be available in commercial devices by mid-year 2013.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor targets high-end mobile devices. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor is designed to deliver great performance, rich graphics and enhanced user experience and will deliver up to 40 percent better performance than the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor at lower power. The new processor offers system-wide architectural improvements, key component upgrades and expanded connectivity options. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor features a new Krait 300 quad-core CPU with speeds up to 1.9GHz, a new speed enhanced Adreno 320 GPU and support for LPDDR3 memory. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor is sampling now and is expected to be available in commercial devices by second quarter 2013.

“With the overwhelming success of our previous Qualcomm Snapdragon platforms, our mobile processors have emerged as the platform of choice for high-end mobile devices,” said Steve Mollenkopf, president and chief operating officer of Qualcomm. “With more than 50 design wins already secured with the first products of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 and 800 processors, we are advancing our vision and setting the standard for excellence in mobile computing.”

For more information and to see a demonstration of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processors, as well as the newest devices powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon processors, please visit Qualcomm during CES 2013(South Hall 3, Upper Level, Booth #30313), Jan. 8-11 in Las Vegas or visit www.qualcomm.com/snapdragon.

About Qualcomm Incorporated

Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) is the world leader in 3G, 4G and next-generation wireless technologies. Qualcomm Incorporated includes Qualcomm’s licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of its patent portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, substantially all of Qualcomm’s engineering, research and development functions, and substantially all of its products and services businesses, including its semiconductor business, QCT. For more than 25 years, Qualcomm ideas and inventions have driven the evolution of digital communications, linking people everywhere more closely to information, entertainment and each other. For more information, visitQualcomm’s website, OnQ blog, Twitter and Facebook pages.

Except for the historical information contained herein, this news release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, including the Company’s ability to successfully design and have manufactured significant quantities of Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 and Snapdragon 800 processors on a timely and profitable basis, the extent and speed to which the Snapdragon platform is adopted, change in economic conditions of the various markets the Company serves, as well as the other risks detailed from time to time in the Company’s SEC reports, including the report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2012, and most recent Form 10-Q.

  • SeanBello

    holy god. raging tech boner.

  • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

    This sounds absolutely amazing but I read in the press release at the bottom of the article of the new chipsets supporting third generation LTE networks (up to 150mb/s)… Is there any date yet for when we could see these kinds of speeds offered in the US? I can currently only get about 40mb/s on Verizon’s network.

  • gchahinian

    Haven’t been all that happy with my bionic for the past few months…it’s announcements like this and the teg4 that make me happy that my contract is up in may :)

  • http://twitter.com/elliotthj91 Elliott HillJennings

    Still feeling the Tegra 4 but it will be interesting to see them head to head in the coming months.

  • RoadsterHD1

    I hope this 800 is the one they put in the new Motorola X Phone.

  • Jeff Tycz

    Am I the only one that would rather better battery life than better performance? I really dont think phones these days need better performance with all the improvements that have been made but battery life needs to be a focus at this point IMO

    • Danrarbc

      These will get battery life than the S4 chips too.

      • JMonkeYJ

        so they say…

      • Droidzilla

        They said that about the S4 vs. dual core Cortex A9 chips, too.

    • Ibrick

      This is one of the ways to get better battery performance. You can only make the battery so big, unless some new chemical compounds are developed.
      As an example, I can tell you the 2020ma battery in my DNA gets about twice the screen time I got with the 2100ma battery in the GNex.

  • chanstar

    All that speed per core?? That is core-azy!!

  • shecalledmejay

    I think these company should start developing battery technology to go along side their chips.

  • zepfloyd

    I guess we know what will be in the US version of the Galaxy S IV…

  • SexciiP

    The Samsung Galaxy SIII reigns supreme over all smartphone devices.

  • Greg

    Hopefully moto/google are sampling the 800 for their new x phone.

    • Bryan

      That was my first thought!

  • tomn1ce

    I can’t wait when phones are released with the 800 chip….It would be nice if they would put in it a battery with at least 3000mAh….I know that the chip is more power efficient but with a bigger battery it would make the device last even longer….

  • Capt. Crunch

    Wow the 800 is almost literally twice as fast as the OMAP in my RAZR Maxx, i wonder if this will power Motorola’s X Phone…

    • Diablo81588

      I assure you, its many times faster than the OMAP 4430 in the RAZR Maxx. Clock speed isn’t the only factor for performance.

  • r0lct

    Record in 4K and have nothing you can afford to play it on. :P

    • chudilo

      How about a larger sensor and slightly better optics at the same resolution instead? I don’t expect a zoom lens or anything but how about matching some of the latest webcams for quality.

    • Daistaar

      Absolutely true. It’ll probably make for some great “print-ready” shots though.

      • New_Guy

        I would like to think so.

    • New_Guy

      You’re basically getting specs that are ahead of their time. That’s a good thing in my book. We all know how quickly things get rendered obsolet in the mobile landscape so a chipset with futuristic specs is a winner for all of us.

      • r0lct

        I’m not complaining. Just making light of the fact people will likely not have a way to watch their 4K video in 2013 for under $4000. However I doubt we’ll be seeing any phones shipping with this chips until towards end of the year.

  • http://twitter.com/utahcon Adam Barrett

    I would love to see benchmarks for the Snapdragon 800/600 vs the Tegra 4. Just looking at this I would suspect the Tegra 4 is still the winner.

    • jxcgunrunna

      Gaming, I bet the Tegra 4 is better. CPU will probably be faster in the Snapdragon.

      • Ibrick

        Really won’t know till we see some benchmarks, but I’d suspect both will be rediculously powerful for a handheld device. When Qualcomm was demo’ing the Adreno 320, currently in the S4 Pro/Prime, it was capable of producing graphics on the level of a 360 or PS3. These are a step up from that..

    • Greyhame

      A nice spec comparo is what we need. I am assuming these are dual-core chips (Krait400 x 2 = Snapdragon 800).. anyone know? If the comparo were to include manufacturer’s tendency towards openness, that would be icing on the cake.

    • Droidzilla

      NVidia always overhypes their processors. I’ll wait for the actual usage tests, but if I had to bet my money would be on the Snapdragon line besting the Tegra 4.

  • Futbolrunner

    So the Tegra 4 or Snapdragon 800?

    • Dale Griggs

      I am waiting to see what Samsung announces.

  • Trey Mitchell

    more’s law isn’t dead it just shifted industries.

    • Zero0

      It’s not dead, but it is dying.

      Moore’s Law is about transistor size. It halves somewhere between 2 years and 3 years now. Processing speed can increase more quickly than that, thanks to architectural optimization and clock speed increases. Battery improvements have made clock speed increases possible, software improvements have allowed multi-core chips to run nicely, and ARM’s flexibility has allowed architecture improvements.

  • Captain_Doug

    I’m good with the 600. Battery life improvements are greatly appreciated.

  • Michael Suriel

    Its going to be a good day when I can upgrade from my GNEX in August. I love this phone but I can’t wait until I get a phone with some REAL power in it.

    • Roshan John

      I feel ya. i think i’m gonna down grade my lte and go off contract from verizon and hit up t-mobile with the nexus 4 until then these beast phones come out at the end of 2013.

      • Jarred Sutherland

        I am doing the same thing. While probably not going to the Nexus 4 due to some issues I have seen with quality, I bought another Galaxy S3 for use on T-Mobiles $30 prepaid plan and will be canceling my line on VZW next month.

        I’ll wait around to see whatever the next Nexus is before buying, I think. The Nexus 4 looks great, but I think there are a few glaring issues that need to be worked out before I would consider it right now. The S3 is working great though, I just need T-Mobile to convert their EDGE network here to HSPA(+) .. but at home I am on wifi so who cares.

    • DrewNusser

      I still have my Atrix…

    • WickedToby741

      I love my GNex, but I wish it had the internals and camera of the GS3. I’m fine with the design and screen, but a bit more horsepower, better battery life, and a better camera would make it just about perfect.

    • LionStone

      Tech world is moving so fast… It wasn’t that long ago I was using a single core phone tethered to a dual core tablet, and now I’m using a quad core phone to a quad core tablet. Crazy… but in a good way :-)

  • Steven02

    Tegra 4 what?

  • TimXer

    Hopefully the devices won’t melt under the heat and battery power can keep up

    Tim/Kellen – any news on the battery front from CES?

    • JoYu

      This just in, make the phone 1mm thicker and you can double the battery life (Razr vs Razr Maxx)

      • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

        Outstanding! Please forward this to all phone OEMs…seems most have not gotten this memo.

        Also, mention to build in rubber bumpers on the edges and front-facing speakers!

        • justincase_2008

          I hate having to have my phone facedown to use the speaker. front speaker is a great idea.

        • TheWenger

          That’s why I won’t regret having bought my Nexus 10 when the next awesome thing comes out of CES.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-Larvia-III/41904444 Thomas Larvia III

    4K video recording! WTF!?

    • Justin Winker

      Imagine that – being able to record and output 4K video… Can’t wait for us to be able to purchase 4K TV’s for less than a grand.

      • Detonation

        You’re going to be waiting a while

        • Droidzilla

          If history is any indicator, it’ll be in 2 years or so.

          • Diablo81588

            What’s the point of 4K TVs if there are no consumer available 4K source format?

          • Droidzilla

            That’s a circular argument.