With the surprise appearance of a CEO from a company that claimed to have moved on from the Consumer Electronics Show, Qualcomm launched the next generation of Snapdragon chips — the Snapdragon 600, and 800.
With Qualcomm’s new flagship mobile chip, the Snapdragon 800, Qualcomm’s CEO, Paul Jacobs, says the new chip will offer a 75 percent CPU performance increase. The Qualcomm 600 (largely the update to the S4) will reportedly offer a 40 percent increase over existing chips on the market because of upgrades to the quad-core Krait processor and Adreno 320 GPU.
Both models support 4G LTE via the Cat 4 modem. The Snapdragon 800 has a Krait 400 quad-core 28nm processor with a clock speed of 2.3GHz and a Adreno 330 GPU that is reportedly twice as fast as the Adreno 320.
Qualcomm also says that the Snapdragon 800 will support resolutions of up to 2560 x 2048 (Ultra HD), 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and ultra HD video recording. It will certainly be interesting to see how these new Snapdragon processors line up against NVIDIA’s upcoming Tegra 4.
With regards to audio, the Snapdragon 800 will support DTS-HD and Dolby Digital Plus via the Hexagon v5 digital signal processor.
Qualcomm’s CEO believes that the 800 will be on the market by mid-2013, and the 600 will start appearing in devices in Q2-2013.
The CEO from a company that claimed to have moved on from the Consumer Electronics Show which appeared onstage was Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer.
Mr. Ballmer was on stage to demo two Qualcomm Snapdragon powered Windows RT devices, the Samsung ATIV and Dell XPS. In addition to the Snapdragon powered Windows RT tablets he also demoed the Nokia Lumia and HTC Windows Phone 8X.
“The new Windows Phones are incredible,” he said. “We sold five times more phones than the same week last year.”