If you’re looking to make a top-of-the-line smartphone, when it comes to your choice for the silicon that should power your handset, it’s hard to beat Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800. This year has proven the 800 to be wildly more popular than NVIDIA’s Tegra 4, and even Samsung, with its own Exynos line of chips to rely upon, continues to turn to Qualcomm for a large fraction of its models. But even with the 800 powering this season’s flagships, we’re already looking to what’s next; who’s going to come out with the SoC to best even the 800? As we wait for that answer, it looks like Qualcomm may still have a few tricks left up its 800 sleeve, with benchmark evidence showing up for a new APQ8084 revision.
The 800 we’re all familiar with is the 8974, running at clock speeds up to 2.3GHz and featuring an Adreno 330 GPU. The 8084 should get a clock bump up to 2.5GHz – a little under a 10% improvement – and should include an updated Adreno 420 GPU.
Leaks have been talking about the possible existence of this chip since practically the start of 2013, but this is the first actual evidence for it that we’ve seen. Based on the numbering, we’re assuming that this version would still be considered a Snapdragon 800, though it’s always possible Qualcomm has another naming strategy in mind.
Now we’re just left wondering which company might be first to market with such a chip in one of its phones.