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Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Chips to Enter Mass Production This May

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While we have already seen Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 processor making its way into this year’s top Android devices, we have been awaiting news on when we can start seeing the Snapdragon 800, their crème de la crème. At a media event in Beijing, the company’s senior product manager confirmed that they are to start mass production of the chip this May, but was adamant on not specifying any devices it would be seen in. 

What makes the 800 more desirable than the 600 is the Krait 400 architecture, capable of maintaining a clock speed of 2.3GHz, while also being reasonable on power consumption. It will feature the new Adreno 330 GPU, so you can bet a device running the 800 could most likely do laps around other devices on the market in terms of benchmarks.

Feel like taking any guesses as to what we might see it in?

Via: Engadget


    Next Nexus, if we’re lucky. Not necessarily the 7’s refresh, but maybe one that they’ll announce this winter?

  • Alix8821

    Note 3….. this processor, maybe that rumored “better build quality”… Samsung will go all out. THEN, take what they use on N3, to make the S5 more of an evolution. (Since S4 is more like S 3.5)

  • JMonkeYJ

    that would be awesome!

  • T4rd

    Whatever happened to the OMAP 5 coming out? TI said it would be their last mobile SoC.

  • EraserXIV

    Hard to say which phone it’ll be in, but the next decent phone to come out with the 800 is the phone I am going to get. I love my GNex, but after experiencing first hand what it’s like to buy a phone that is under-powered at release, it’s not a mistake I want to make again.

  • gokusimpson


  • It would be awesome to have it in the refreshed Nexus 7 that is coming

    • Bionic

      the nexus 7 refresh is already ready to go for I/O. It’ll be the 600 in the 7

  • Bionic

    nexus 7 refresh is probably already ready to go and will feature the 600 me thinks

  • andrew galvin

    dammit and i just got a HTC One with a 600. Maybe the nexus 5 will have LTE and 800?

    • Bionic


      • if it has cdma variant its mine!!!!

  • Bionic

    Guys stop saying I need to come say “x phone” because the X phone has the S4 Prime inside, not the 800. X phone has been development since december so the 800 wasnt even on the map at that time.

    S4 prime for X phone. Per sarge.

    • JoshGroff

      The prime is the 600?

      • Bionic

        No. The prime is the prime.

        • JoshGroff

          Ok, I was a bit confused, only followed the pro/600/800.

          • Bionic

            the prime is the Pro without a built in radio because Motorola uses it’s own radio

          • JoshGroff

            Ok, thanks for the clarification.

  • ManBearPig618

    My best guess: HTC One refresh – an “HTC One+” that pops up in time for 2013 holidays.

  • Nexus 7 is a budget device. Snapdragon 800 is not a budget processor.

  • Damian

    Where’s that Bionic guy? I feel like he should have put X-Phone as his phone choice already.

    • Bionic

      No the x phone will not have the 800, the x phone has been in development since last year

      • Damian

        X Phone 2??

  • Note 3

    • That will have the Octa. Hopefully support LTE by October.

      • ManBearPig618

        It already supports LTE.

      • tyguy829

        they couldn’t make enough of them

      • michael arazan

        They were making them, but they weren’t enough for a global lauch

    • T4rd

      That’s what I initially thought, but then figured the Note 3 will get the new Exynos 5 (Octa) that’s in the international GS4 instead just like the Note 2 got the Exynos 4 like the International GS3 had.

      • itznfb

        Not in the US. In the US the note 3 will most likely have the 800.

        • Dylan Patel

          Nope US Note 2 has the old Exynos so one would assume simmilar would happen for this Exynos.

  • Nexus 10 v2 needs this. This is exciting.

  • jimmy cracks corn

    I think the 600 and 800 have achieved the perfect leveling of performance. IOW, no more lag and fluid video. It will take 12-24 months for all developers to recalibrate their apps to take advantage of multiple cores, and by then we’ll be talking about the 1000 or 1200. Anyone who buys an HTC One or S4 has nothing to worry about. The S600 is plenty good for now.

    • They have yet to support apps at 1080p and tablets. They have plenty of catching up to do.

  • JetBlue

    Waiting for Bionic to say X Phone

    • Bionic

      nope, not in the x phone

      • Tim242

        Exactly. We already know that the “X Phone” is going to be a mid-range phone with a different name.

        • Bionic

          just because it does not have the 800 does not mean its mid range

          • I don’t have much faith in Intel. Or whatever processor it is.

          • Bionic

            intel? this isnt intel. Dafuq are you talking about?

          • Thought I read that the X phone was going to have the Atom.

          • Bionic

            no, it does not

          • Tim242

            that’s not what I said. I am saying that since we already know it will be a mid-range phone, it obviously wouldn’t have a Snapdragon 800.

          • Bionic

            its not a mid range phone. That motorola phone that was leaked last month isnt the x phone.

          • Tim242

            So you are saying that one would leak, but not the X? I’m just not buying the magical X phone jesus phone rumors. Motorola’s ship has sailed. Not even Google can save them. HTC has a better chance than Moto. For that matter, so does Blackberry and Nokia

          • Bionic

            that is your opinion, but im telling you right now that the phone we saw last month is not the x phone.

          • nvitone23

            Google could save whatever the %^&* they wanted lol

          • j

            Yea, Motorola could neeeeeever revive their brand and return to prominence.. That’s outlandish! Once you’re down, you’re down for good in this business. Especially Motorola.. with their history of never ever being able to do it. cough.

  • EC8CH


    • Tyler

      Thats MOTOGOOX to you good sir.

  • JordanMcRae

    Probably too powerful and too expensive for the Nexus 7. Probably going to be the Snapdragon 400 in the Nexus 7 refresh.

    • I thought I read somewhere that the Nexus 7 refresh was rumored to have an S4 Snapdragon. I guess time will tell

    • TylerChappell

      Not likely, the Snapdragon 400 is only dual-core (albeit a somewhat powerful dual-core), so I am betting there is a good chance it will be the 600. If they only went with a Snapdragon 400, I think it wouldn’t be competitive enough for other tablets that will be coming out.

      • Bionic

        nexus 7 will be the 600 likely

        • TylerChappell

          Yep, that’s what I have been saying. Not having cellular radios in a device would make a Snapdragon 600 in the affordable territory of a Nexus 7 refresh.

  • JordanMcRae

    New Chromebook