Qualcomm’s Monster Snapdragon 810 SoC will Bring 4K to Mobile Devices in 2015

by on December 15, 2014

by Stephan Jukic – December 15, 2014

Qualcomm, whose 4K compatible chip-making prowess we’ve already covered on a number of occasions,  has made its chips nearly ubiquitous in the high-end Android and Windows smartphones that make up the flagship models of the major manufacturers.

Qualcomm processors can be found in the latest and most powerful models from Samsung, Sony, Nokia, HTC and even Amazon phones. Furthermore, they’re also built into some pretty awesome tablets from these same companies.

Thus, when Qualcomm unveiled a new member of its powerful Snapdragon family of chips that’s already present in the above devices, it’s something that anybody who’s interested in 4K resolution should take note of.

First of all, one of the most powerful and distinct features of all the Snapdragon chips, aside from their heavy duty miniature processing power, is the fact that they’re not just processors. They’re also what are called SoC, or Systems on Chips. Thus, they have built into them not only a conventional but powerful CPU processor but are also GPU units at the same time and come with RAM memory and other features like GPS and a digital signal processor for taking care of audio feeds.

In other words, a typical Snapdragon chip is more like an entire extremely tiny computer inside a phone, that’s been built to handle everything that phone does –a degree of miniaturization that is not only necessary for creating such massively powerful but tiny mobile devices but also something that Qualcomm excels at.

Thus, with the announcement of the new Snapdragon 810, we’re looking at yet another SoC chip but with specs that make it the most powerful of an already very powerful line of previous Snapdragon chips.

The new Snapdragon 810 processor goes beyond even Apple's A8 mobile device processor in terms of power

The new Snapdragon 810 processor goes beyond even Apple’s A8 mobile device processor in terms of power

Planned for integration into many of the flagship smartphones of 2015, the Snapdragon 810 is made up of dual 64-bit quad-core processors (a 2.0 GHz ARM Cortex-A57 and a 1.6 GHz ARM Cortex-A53), and an Adreno 430 graphics processing unit. No specifics on the RAM yet but its definitely going to be a high dosage when you look at these kinds of dual 64 bit processing capacities.

With this kind of dual 64-bit processing capacity, we’re talking abot one extremely powerful new SoC chip and currently there aren’t even any apps on the market that even need anywhere near this kind of CPU power.

Instead, what all that CPU and GPU heft is really designed for happens to be the prospect of 4K resolution in the phones that contain the Snapdragon 810.

This is something that Qualcomm itself has been really big on for quite a while and the design of their latest chip is clearly aimed at this ultra HD readiness.

With not just one but two quad-core processors and the brand new Adreno 430 graphics processing unit it contains, the Snapdragon 810 is definitely capable of enabling anything 4K related on the phones it will be going into. This will include filming 4K video, recording it back on the phones own 4K screen and streaming it to other devices as long as a sufficiently powerful next-generation WiFi service is around to handle the data loads.

Thus, assuming that phones with 4K screens come out in 2015 as is widely expected, the latest processing chip from Qualcomm is definitely ready for them.

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