Qualcomm Unveils Next-Generation Snapdragon Mobile Processors

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“Out with the old and in with new” is Qualcomm’s mantra for 2013, as the mobile chip developer introduced its latest generation of mobile process at CES in Las Vegas this week.  The tech company has boasted that its new line of processors will offer noticeably strong boost in mobile performance.

The new line consists of several models, the Snapdragon 800, Snapdragon 600, Snapdragon 400, and the Snapdragon 200. For those wanting to know how powerful the new chipsets will be, compared to last generation’s premium S4 Pro chip (seen in devices like the Motorola Droid DNA), the second-tier Snapdragon 600 is promising a 40% increase in speed. The chip will offer a quad-core Krait processor and Adreno 320 graphics, and is expected to arrive in the second quarter of this year.

Even more impressive is the Snapdragon 800, which Qualcomm is promising will offer a 75% CPU performance improvment and double the graphics performance. The chip will be comprised of new Krait 400 CPU cores (up to 2.3GHz each) and Adreno 330 GPU, a LTE Cat 4 Modem, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, QFHD video recording, support for resolutions up to 2560 x 2048, and components tuned for lower power consumption.

With those impressive specs there is no question that we will see the Snapdragon 800 show up in a number of tablets, but Qualcomm has also announced that there will be a few smartphones using the powerful chip as well.  The new chip is expected to arrive sometime in the middle of this year.

Between its two new processor lines, Qualcomm has announced that it already has 50 different products lined up to use the chips, and is currently looking for more. Qualcomm has stated that it hopes to match the success of its previous snapdragon platforms, and with these new chips the company may prove up to the task. 



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