Qualcomm has revealed a bunch of new chips, one of which is specially made for wearables.
The Snapdragon Wear 2100 has a 800MHz or 1.2GHz quad core CPU and an Adreno 304 GPU. The CPU cores use the oldish ARM Cortex A7 architecture which however is the most relevant one because of its efficiency. The Wear 2100 supports 400MHz LPDDR3 RAM and has integrated X5 cellular modem.
The Wear 2100 is supposed to be the 2016 SoC of choice for smartwatches and other small wearables. Especially the new chip is supposed to make the wearables thinner.
Qualcomm also released three lower-end mobile chips, 425, 435 and 625. The 625 has 2.0 GHz quad core Cortex A53 CPU made with 14nm process. The graphics are handled by the Adreno 506 GPU. The 400 series chips are made with 28nm process and also have quad core Cortex A53 CPUs but clocked lower at 1.4GHz. The GPUs are Adreno 308 on the Snapdragon 425 and Adreno 505 on the 435.
The 625 is going to bring much more power to the new premium mid-range category of smartphones. The 400 series chips are for the low-end devices.
Sources: Qualcomm 1, Qualcomm 2
Snapdragon 820 devices aren’t even available yet and we are getting rumors about its successor.
If you think it’s too early for Snapdragon 830 rumors as the 820 is barely even out yet, you are not alone. Still, trusted sources are claiming that Samsung is going to make the Snapdragon 830 SoC which is going to launch early next year.
What makes this rumor funny is that Samsung hasn’t even released their 10nm process yet. The MSM8998 codenamed chip is going to use improved Kryo architecture and support up to 8GB of RAM which is plausible as Samsung has already released their 8GB RAM chips. We will see if this rumor is true as Samsung should reveal their 10nm process soon.
Qualcomm has announced two new Snapdragon SoCs. The mid-tier 617 and 430 have octa-core CPUs.
Both models have eight Cortex-A53 cores but the 430 is clocked a little lower. Both support Full HD display resolution and and Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0.
The differences between the SoCs are in the LTE and video recording support. The 617 supports category 7 LTE while the 430 only supports category 4. Both can record 1080p video but the 617 can record in 60FPS as the 430 can only do 30FPS. Surprisingly the 430 has an Adreno 505 GPU and the 617 packs a 405.
More detailed specs can be found at the Qualcomm’s site:
The next flagship Snapdragon is expected to launch early next year. Qualcomm returns to in house designed cores, the way that was proven successful with Krait cores.
Snapdragon 810 is or at least was a disappointment with its overheating issues and a slightly lower performance compared to competitors. Now the latest devices using the 810 are not reporting overheating issues but still the new flagship is needed to keep the loyal customers.
Qualcomm has now revealed new information about the next flagship SoC, Snapdragon 820. Unlike 810, it’ll use custom cores designed by Qualcomm, not the stock ARM cores the 810 uses. The cores are still going to be ARMv8 compatible but Qualcomm will modify the cores to their liking. Kryo cores will be manufactured on the 14nm FinFET technology and reach up to 2.2GHz speeds.
The Snapdragon 820 uses heterogeneous processing and new Qualcomm Symphony System Manager that can share the processing load to various CPU components. SSM can also turn off parts of the chip to power up the necessary components. This will improve performance and lower the power consumption.
The Snapdragon 820 will hit the markets early next year in the next generation flagship Android phones. It has been rumored that Samsung is considering the 820 to power their Galaxy S7. This year Samsung used their own Exynos chip because of the overheating issues of the Snapdragon 810. Samsung also has their hands in the game with manufacturing the Kryo chips as they are one of two manufacturers that can produce chips on 14nm FinFET. For now it’s not sure if the manufacturer will be Samsung or GlobalFoundries.