Qualcomm introduces new Snapdragon mobile processor tiers

Written by Russell Co. Posted in CPU, Launch, News, Smartphones, Tablets

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Published on January 10, 2013 with No Comments


Qualcomm has revamped their upcoming Snapdragon lineup. No more are the Snapdragon S1, S2, S3, and S4 as they have been changed to the Snapdragon 800, 600, 400, and 200 processors. Each tier caters to a different segment, from premium smartphones and Smart TVs to entry level devices.

The major improvements are to the Snapdragon 800 and Snapdragon 600. The company says that the Snapdragon 600 targets high-end mobile devices, delivering 40 percent better performance than the S4 Pro that can be found in the Droid DNA and Nexus 4. Both the quad-core Krait 300 processor and Adreno 320 GPU have gotten a speed boost. The company is in the process of sampling now and expect devices utilizing the Snapdragon 600 by second quarter of 2013.

Qualcomm pulls out all the stops on their flagship Snapdragon 800 processors. Promising a 75 percent performance increase and double the graphics compute performance with the new quad-core Krait 400 CPU (up to 2.3GHz per core) and Adreno 330 GPU. The 800 rocks a better Cat 4 LTE modem, faster 802.11ac WiFi, UHD video recording, multichannel HD audio, and supports up to 2560 x 2048 display resolutions while lowering power consumption. The company says that these processors will be in premium smartphones, Smart TVs, digital media adapters and tablets. Like the Snapdragon 600 they are in sampling and should be utilized by mid-2013.

Just between the two, Qualcomm already has over 50 devices waiting to utilize these chips and are eager to expand. The Snapdragon 400 and 200 processors are expected for mid-entry level smartphones while still delivering excellent performance.