Qualcomm Prepares 64-bit Chips for Smartphones, Ready for Launch in 2015

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Qualcomm has announced two 64-bit mobile processors, the Snapdragon 810 and the Snapdragon 808, both of which will be powering some of the very best smartphones released in 2015. The craze for producing 64-bit chips comes after Apple put one inside the iPhone 5S, which was the first time we’d seen such a chip used in a phone.

The Snapdragon 810 is the top-of-the-line chip, and will have eight cores in total, but Qualcomm hasn’t confirmed the clock speed yet. However, it’s going to be powerful, and we should expect a 25 percent to 55 percent performance increase over previous generations. This could come at the cost of a 20 percent increase in power consumption, but a 20 percent increase in efficiency should counteract this.

Qualcomm lists a few of the benefits we’ll see from the Snapdragon 810. For example, the camera will support up to 55-megapixels and 4K video recording, plus better power management, and super fast Wi-Fi and 4G LTE connectivity. Additionally, the new graphics processor will power displays with a resolution as high as 4K.

The Snapdragon 808 isn’t quite as powerful, and can only drive displays with a 2K resolution. The memory will be slower than that in the Snapdragon 810 too.

Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon processors sounds exciting, but we’ve got quite a wait before we can buy a phone with either inside. The company is aiming for a release during the first half of 2015, which is after the Snapdragon 805 finally makes its debut during the second half of this year.

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