Nvidia is not the only one unveiling ultra-fast SoCs at CES. Qualcomm joined in on the SoC fun with the announcement of its new mobile SoCs. The company once again ditched its naming convention. This means its time to forget about the Qualcomm S3, S4 and S4 Pro SoCs. Instead, the company has renamed its upcoming mobile SoCs to a much simpler – Snapdragon 600 and Snapdragon 800.
The Snapdragon 600 picks up where the Qualcomm S4 Pro, found inside the likes of the DROID DNA and the Nexus 4, left. The Snapdragon 600 will feature a quad-core Krait 300 CPU with speeds of up to 1.9GHz per core, an Adreno 320 GPU, and LPDDR3 RAM. The press release from Qualcomm states that the Snapdragon 600 will be up to 40% percent faster than S4 Pro SoCs. The best part is that Snapdragon 600 SoC based devices will start showing up by Summer of this year.
If the Snapdragon 600 is fast, its bigger brother – Snapdragon 800 – takes things to a completely new level. The Snapdragon 800 will sport a quad-core Krait 400 CPU, with each core capable of clocking up to 2.3GHz. It will also sport a faster Adreno 330 GPU, UltraHD (4096*2304) resolution support, dual-channel LPDDR3 RAM support, dual ISPs for support for up to 55MP sensors, and finally, support for DTS-HD, Dolby Digital Plus and 7.1 surround sound. Qualcomm states that Snapdragon 800 will be up to 75% faster compared to S4 Pro. Devices using Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 should hit the shelves sometime in the second half of 2013.
It will be really interesting to see how the newer Qualcomm’s Snapdragon SoCs stack up against the quad-core Cortex-A15 based SoCs like Tegra 4 and Samsung’s Exynos 5.