MANILA, Philippines — What will the smartphones of tomorrow be like?
One step ahead of the top smartphone manufacturers are companies that produce the chips that power the world’s best smartphones.
Qualcomm, the chipset manufacturer behind the Snapdragon processor found in almost all high-end Android and Windows Phones these days, announced its new line-up of smartphone chips on Monday, April 7.
The upcoming Snapdragon 808 and 810 processors will feature support for 64-bit operating systems, LTE-Advanced networks and 4K displays.
The higher-end Snapdragon 810 will feature an octa-core ARM processor, support for faster, more efficient memory, and the promise of better battery life, camera performance, and video capturing and playback.
For the benefit of those who care about specs, the Snapdragon 810 processor is powered by combined 64-bit quad core ARM Cortex-A57 and Cortex-A53 CPUs, am Adreno 430 graphics processing unit (GPU), and LPDDR4 memory.
It comes with next-gen LTE-A support for 3x20MHz carrier aggregation (for speeds of up to 300 Mbps), native 4K resolution and external 4K displays via HDMI 1.4, and 14-bit camera dual image signal processors (ISP) allowing image capture of up to 55 MP or HDR video.
Also, 64-bit on a smartphone will deliver performance improvements more noticeable in gaming and handling of video. Other tasks like voice recognition will also benefit from it.
But don’t get too excited. Qualcomm says availability of the commercial devices shouldn’t be expected until the first half of 2015. There’s no rush; Google’s Android OS has yet to support the 64-bit architecture.
Apple’s iPhone 5S is currently the only 64-bit smartphone in the world. — Rappler.com