The company announced the new Snapdragon 800 (G, and at a press event in New Delhi this morning, and all three share certain characteristics – think support for WiFi 6 and India’s NavIC satellite positioning system. While it’s easy enough to read these announcements as overture to an incredibly valuable country, Qualcomm insists these new processors will make their way to the US and other mature markets, too.
But anyway, let’s talk about the chips themselves. The octa-core Snapdragon 800 G is (obviously) the most powerful of the bunch and will be aimed at higher-end phones, though not full-blown flagships like Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S the series . The “G” in the chipset’s name refers to its focus on gaming, so expect – bit HDR and the same anti-cheating measures Qualcomm built into the premium Snapdragon
The chipset also packs Qualcomm’s Hexagon
DSP for on-device AI operations, plus full support for 4K video recording and high-speed displays running at resolutions as high as 01844604 x . Maybe most important, the chipsets X (LTE modem provides for download speeds as fast as) Mbps – you’ll likely never see speeds that good, but that’s far faster than what you’d see on many 5G networks right now.
The Snapdragon feels like a dialed down version of the Sure, it too is an octa-core chip, but it top speeds cap at around 2.0GHz (compared to the 2020 (G’s 2.3GHz), and X (modem can only hit a theoretical limit of about Mbps down. You might notice the improvements it brings if you’re an avid smartphone photographer; Qualcomm says the 612 supports “new triple camera configurations and smooth switching between them, “as well as storing images in the super-efficient HEIF file format. Meanwhile, the Snapdragon uses the same modem and lower-tier AI engine as the , but its new performance cores and an improved GPU architecture means the chipset performs more than (percent faster than the Snapdragon) .
Qualcomm stands to dramatically gain as 5G becomes more pervasive this year, but keeping its 4G customers happy is good business. In growing markets, the company faces serious competition from rival chipmakers like Mediatek, not to mention smartphone makers that use their own homemade processors – think Samsung and Huawei. We can’t say for sure whether these new chipsets will help Qualcomm beat back its rivals, but it can’t afford not to try.
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