Qualcomm has announced that it will start mass production of its eight-core SoC, the Snapdragon 615, soon. At an event held in Shenzhen, China, Qualcomm revealed that the Snapdragon 810/808 would also be available before the end of 2014.

The Snapdragon 615 will target the mid-range smartphone segment, while the 64-bit-enabled Snapdragon 810- and 808-series CPUs are designated for high-end smartphones, supporting 4G technology.

The Snapdragon 615 is an eight-core 64-bit SoC that is produced on a 28-nm manufacturing process at TSMC. Armed with eight Cortex A53 cores, the Snapdragon 615 delivers LTE Category 4 connectivity through a Gobi 9x25 series modem.

Although Qualcomm has been wary of launching eight-core offerings in the past, it has relented with the Snapdragon 615 due to pressure from Chinese OEMs. The mid-range Snapdragon 615 is offered as an alternative to MediaTek's upcoming MT6752, which also uses an eight-core Cortex A53 arrangement. By offering stock ARM cores instead of its tweaked Krait line of CPUs, Qualcomm can contest in the mid-range segment more effectively against the likes of MediaTek.

While the Snapdragon 615 caters to the mid-range segment, the 64-bit Snapdragon 810 and Snapdragon 808 will be targeting the high-end market. Announced last month, both SoCs will be manufactured at TSMC on a 20-nm manufacturing process, and will feature a Gobi 9x35 series LTE Category 6/7 modem that can deliver a bandwidth of 300 Mbit/sec. Originally slated to launch next year, the revised timeline for the Snapdragon 810/808 is likely a result of added competition in the mobile SoC segment.

The Snapdragon 810 is an eight-core offering with four Cortex A57 cores and four Cortex A53 cores, while the Snapdragon 808 is a hexa-core SoC that features two Cortex A57 cores and four Cortex A53 cores. Both SoCs would be able to utilize all cores through heterogeneous multi-processing (also known as ARM's big.LITTLE architecture).

Source: Digitimes


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Qualcomm to begin mass production of Snapdragon 615, Snapdragon 810/808 coming later this year


Just because it's available doesn't mean it'll be in a phone. However, I have the feeling that the processor will be introduced with the release of the next version of Android.

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There needs to be programs that will take advantage of these chips, until that happens, all it is, is nothing more than marketing, and mine is bigger than yours speak. Qualcomm did not or had no intention to go this route, but it had to, do to these other chip manufacturers trying to get market share by throwing more cores at the consumer, we all know the is not one mobile application today that takes or will take advantage of such design. More marketing nonsense, and the masses will eat it up, just like Apple's 64 bit chips with one gig of ram, the people who know will not fall for this BS.
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You are right when you say not ONE(I would probably say very few) mobile application. the problem is assuming your phone is always doing just one thing. Multiple cores can benefit in two ways. One application optimized to spread it's work across multiple cores, or multiple applications able to run on different cores at the same time. The later of those two means a app can run as fast as a full core while other processes can run on the remaining cores and not have to interrupt it.

I'll be interested to see how these chips work in a device.

Obviously, this works best on a tablet, because that's where work and play usually go to.

However, I'm also interested to see how this makes our current crop of smartphones look obsolete. xD

How will it make your current smartphone obsolete, please explain. Will your current smartphone not be able to make a phone call, text, send and receive email, open all the current apps or future apps and news media, or play the occasional game.
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I wasn't being serious about that (hence the "xD" emoticon). It was a knock on spec-junkies who feel that every new SoC will automatically make their phone obsolete and will rush to get the latest and greatest.

Obviously, it won't. It'll just do what your current phone does, only faster.

Only potential thing I can see is it taking the Note to a next level with being able to provide an even closer to desktop experience.

The Note 4 could have 4 GB of ram and extra ram for the GPU subsystem. Can you imagine a Note 4 with 6GB of usable ram for multiple running tasks for a desktop experience and 2GB for the video card. That is only be possible with a 64Bit system.

Other then something extreme like that.. Probably not.

We also have to wait and see what the new Arm Cores bring in the line of features. I can't remember what they are now, but there were some really interesting enhancements I read about with them a while back.

SoC have shared ram (similar to amd's apu setup), so 6GB of shared RAM? Thats bit overkill unless Samsung finds a use for the extra 4GB lol

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The chips might be out this year but more than likely not in phones until next year.

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The 801 was out when the GS5 was announced. I think Qualcomm are fairly good at not announcing their processors too far ahead of actual availability.

Whats the point of 300 Mbit/sec with the current limits carriers put on data plans? Innovation is great but there is a massive bottle neck and it doesn't look like American carriers are in a hurry to catch up.

But the big question is, what about battery life???

Oh yeah.... Better battery life, faster running programs... Heck yeah...

Looks like the new One (m9) is going to be a kick ass ride...

Coupling this with a awesome 13/18 mpixle zoom capable high quality lens HK/Boom sounds with some serious DACS... OMG... It will be the One all others are wanting..... and trying to be.

I can hardly wait until next Spring

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