Ok we are going to talk about a new chip coming out next year that is going to show up in the new devices coming out next year. The Snapdragon 810 will replace the current 805 that is currently in the 2014 flagships. We will look at the specs and what to expect from this chipset.Here is what is happening so far, Qualcomm is doing away with its “Krait” Architecture that it has used in the past since the Snapdragon S4 came out in 2012. It will now use the of the shelf designs from ARM, the 64-bit Cortex A57 and the Cortex A53. There will be a pair of 4 Cores in the Snapdragon 810 for a total of eight. ARM calls those the “big.LITTLE” this should make the Cortex A57 do the heavy processing and the Cortex A53 to do the lighter tasks to save on power usage. All eight cores n the Snapdragon 810 are capable of being active at the same time but there aren’t many apps that can handle it. Right now we don't have any numbers on how well the Snapdragon 810 will perform but I am hoping the clock speeds and performance are up to par with previous chips. On the Snapdragon 810 it’s 64 bit processor is more important than performance, with Apple dropping the A7 last year it wouldn’t seem that Qualcomm would drop its custom “Krait” architecture. I would expect the “Krait” comeback at some point in time assuming that they didn’t have 64-bit designs in development last year, and makes more sense in the short term scenario. The Qualcom Snapdragon 810 will still use the Adreno GPUs for graphics. Qualcomm says the new Adreno 430 will be faster than the old 420, also consume less power! The Qualcomm Adreno will still work with the current API and the same resolution as its predecessor. The Snapdragon810 will support 4k screens as it becomes more common but the improvements will be minor and will be more than likely unnoticeable by the normal user.The Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 will compliment rather than replace the 5GHz The Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 will compliment rather than replace the 5GHz wifi for now instead of the new 802.11ad. The range is limited band has trouble passing through walls and other barriers. Finally the Snapdragon 810 will be Qualcomms first chip to be built on the new 20nm process down from the previous 28nm it has been using in the past. This according to TSMC will use 25 percent less power, and improve performance and keep power consumption low. The last feature to make note of is a kill switch that is implemented into the hardware. Legislators are already passing laws that will require all smartphones to support remote data wiping and locking to deter device theft and data theft. Android, iOS, and others already support this feature in software, but Qualcomm's "Safeswitch" will add an extra layer of protection. We can expect the Snapdragon 810 to show up in flagship phones and tablets early next year. We can expect flagships Samsung and HTC will be among the first to include it. We should be ready for some pretty powerful phones next year and I for one am very excited to see what come out!
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