Qualcomm aims Snapdragon 800 chips at 'premium' phones and tablets

Qualcomm says its new flagship Snapdragon processors will give a big performance leap over their predecessors

Qualcomm's keynote at the International CES was packed with big names and even a Big Bird, but CEO Paul Jacobs' focus was on something much smaller -- a new family of processors aimed at high-end smartphones and tablets.

The Snapdragon 800 series will appear in "premium" mobile devices in the second half of the year and give up to a 75 percent performance boost over Qualcomm's current Snapdragon S4 chips, Jacobs said.

The 800 series will be manufactured on a 28 nanometer process, allowing it to consume "half the power of its predecessor," according to Jacobs. The nanometer figure refers to the size of circuits etched onto the chips, and smaller transistors can run faster and consume less power.

"This little chip is going to make a big impact," Jacobs said, calling it "the most advanced wireless processor ever built."

The chips include a quad-core CPU, known as the Krait 400, with each core running at up to 2.3Ghz, Qualcomm said. It has a new Adreno 330 GPU and integrates a 4G LTE modem for data rates of up to 150M bps, as well as the new 802.11ac WiFi standard.

All those numbers should add up to a capable chip. Mobile devices will be able to playback and record UltraHD video and support display resolutions of up to 2560x2048 pixels, Qualcomm said. The chips also provide "console quality gaming" on a handheld device, Jacobs said.

While the 800 series is for "premium" devices, Qualcomm also introduced the Snapdragon 600 series, which it says offers a 40 percent performance boost over the S4 Pro and is aimed at "high-end" devices. The 600 series chips have a Krait 300 quad-core CPU with core speeds up to 1.9GHz. Those chips are due in devices in the second quarter, sooner than the 800 series chips.

The new processors will compete with Nvidia's Tegra 4 chip, Samsung's Exynos 5 and Apple's A5 and A5X, used in its iPhone and iPad. Intel is also developing more powerful low power chips, and announced its first quad-core Atom chip earlier Monday.

James Niccolai covers data centers and general technology news for IDG News Service. Follow James on Twitter at @jniccolai. James's e-mail address is james_niccolai@idg.com

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags smartphonesprocessorsqualcommconsumer electronicsCESComponents

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

James Niccolai

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?