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Tuesday, 08 January 2013 10:10

Qualcomm rolls out two new Snapdragons

Written by Peter Scott



600- and 800-series parts for high end devices


You didn’t really think Qualcomm would let Nvidia steal its thunder at CES? Of course not, and the company is stepping up the ante with two new Snapdragon chips.

The new Snapdragon 600 and 800 processors are aimed at the high end and the 800 features Qualcomm’s latest 4G LTE tech, with speeds up to 150Mbps, provided you can find a carrier capable of delivering such speeds. Both chips also include 802.11ac compatibility.

Both CPUs are said to be based on the company’s custom Krait 400 architecture and Qualcomm claims the 800-series part is up to 75 percent faster than the APQ8064, while 600-series chips are about 40 percent faster. Better yet, Qualcomm claims it already has more than 50 design wins for the new chips, so it shouldn’t be long before we see them in action.

The 800 series will be churned out in 28nm, allowing superior power efficiency and higher clocks, up to 2.3GHz. The GPU of choice is Adreno 330 and it is capable of handling resolutions up to 2560x2048 pixels. Mind you, the 600 series is no slouch either and it can hit 1.9GHz.

The new chips will go toe to toe with Samsung’s Exynos 5 and Nvidia’s new Tegra 4.

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