For the moment, Apple has a head-start on Android when it comes to 64-bit chips in its phones, having introduced the iPhone 5S with the A7 SoC last summer. Since then, we’ve been waiting to see that inevitable Android response, but progress has been slow; Qualcomm announced the 64-bit Snapdragon 410 back in December, but devices running the chip aren’t yet available. And Intel’s been working on 64-bit solutions of its own, but we’re similarly still looking for such products to hit retail shelves. While we patiently await such hardware, chipmakers are continuing to refine designs, and today Qualcomm reveals two of its latest 64-bit projects, the Snapdragon 810 and 808 SoCs.
Let’s start with the 810, the higher-end option. The Snapdragon 810 will be an octa-core design, with four A57 cores and four A53 cores; no more A15 or A9 in 64-bit country. It supports high-speed 64-bit LPDDR4 RAM, and features an Adreno 430 GPU with an eye on 4K output support.
The Snapdragon 808, on the other hand, is a hexa-core chip, with two A57 and four A53 cores. It goes with an Adreno 418 GPU, which is better suited for 2K output, and only uses LPDDR3 memory.
Both chips will be built on a 20nm process, down from 28nm in the 800 and 801. They also share support in their radios for Cat 6 LTE, using carrier aggregation to hit maximum speeds as high as 300Mbps. Their dual 14-bit image processors support still capture up to 55MP, or HDR while recoding video.
Sampling on both chips should begin in the second half of the year, and the first commercial products featuring either should start arriving in the first half of 2015.