As expected, mobile hardware and component companies are pouring out the new gear announcements at CES. And not to be missed is the new chips in the pipe from Qualcomm. Dubbed the Snapdragon 600 and Snapdragon 800, on paper they look as fast as hell.
First chip announced was the 600 series, expected in commercial devices in the middle of this year. The 600 will feature:
- Quad Core Krait 300 CPU at speeds up to 1.9 GHz per core
- Adreno 320 GPU
- LPDDR3 RAM support
- Up to 40-percent better performance than the Snapdragon S4 Pro processor
Now remember, we will see this one in devices this summer, not sometime next year. And being 40-percent faster than the Nexus 4 in my pocket means the device is going to be a monster. Now you have the 800 to think about. Take the 600 you’re drooling over, and take everything up to 11. It features:
- Quad Core Krait 400 CPU at speeds up to 2.3 GHz, per core
- Adreno 330 GPU
- 2x32bit LPDDR3 RAM at 800MHz
- 4G LTE Cat 4 and 802.11ac support
- UltraHD resolution support (4096 × 2304)
- Support for DTS-HD, Dolby Digital Plus and 7.1 surround sound
- Dual Image Signal Processors (ISPs) up to 55MP
- Up to 75% better performance than the Snapdragon S4 Pro
It’s hard to imagine how all this is going to translate into real world use. Numbers on paper excite some folks, and these are sure to get some impressive numbers. But this much more raw power will be noticeable in everyday usage as well. It’s also said to be available in commercial devices in mid 2013.