Not wanted to be out done by NVIDIA’s latest Tegra 4 announcement, Qualcomm stepped up and made an announcement of its own. Qualcomm has unveiled its own line of ARM chips for 2013, ditching the old naming scheme with the alphabet “S” (S3 and S4 etc) and opting for a less glamorous yet streamlined one. The latest chips are dubbed the Snapdragon 200, 400, 600 and 800. The 600 and 800 are the most powerful ones from the lot and will be getting a lot of attention from Qualcomm.
The Snapdragon 600 will be running on four latest Krait 300 cores at an astounding speed of up to 1.9 GHz. Qualcomm is saying that the chip will be able to output forty percent more raw power than the Snapdragon S4 Pro while consuming less power. The Snapdragon 600 will still be using the Adreno 320 GPU with the exception of a small speed bump up. Those of you who were hoping that Qualcomm will make a Tegra 4 rival in graphical prowess will be disappointed.
The flagship mobile chip from Qualcomm will be the Snapdragon 800. It will be running four Krait 400 cores, which are the latest ones with new 28nm versions of Qualcomm’s custom application processor. The powerful chip will be able to churn out speeds up to 2.3 GHz per core if the configuration is correctly done. Along with that the Snapdragon 800 will support a new Adreno 330 GPU, 802.11sc and a much faster LTE radio. These all combine to give the latest Snapdragon 800 a 70 percent more faster response than last generation of chips.
The lot is said to appear in devices by the middle of the year and Qualcomm is claiming that over 50 devices are already lined up to house the Snapdragon 600 and 800 chips. While the company no doubt a little underwhelmed by NVIDIA’s shown was keen on sharing details on the top models, all the while ingnoting the underdogs (Snapdragon 400 and 200 models). We will keep you posted.