Just hours after Nvidia took covers off its new Tegra 4 processor, it is now turn of rival Qualcomm to come up with its Tegra 4 competitor. Qualcomm in fact announced two new Soc’s – one aimed at the high end segment and another that would be slightly lower down the price range. We are talking about the Snapdragon 800 and the Snapdragon 600.
The Snapdragon 800 as you might have guessed by now, happens to be the top of the line processor and according to Qualcomm, offers a performance increase of over 75 percent compared to its erstwhile flagship processor – the Snapdragon S4. Based on the company’s quad core Krait 400 CPU, the Snapdragon 800 is designed to offer the “best mobile experience while maintaining good battery life”. The processor housed inside the Snapdragon 800 runs at clock speeds of up-to 2.3 GHz. The Snapdragon 800 is capable of recording Ultra High Definition, 4K videos and can play them back on the device itself. This is unprecedented graphical prowess considering the fact that 4K videos have four times the resolution of full HD 1080p videos! The processor is also capable of supporting image sensors that can capture images at 55 megapixels. This is of course apart from support or full HD multichannel audio.. Also housed inside the SoC is a brand new graphics processor called the Adreno 330. This is twice as fast as its predecessor and offers various advantages to the overall performance of a Snapdragon 800 laden device – apart from just the graphics bit.
The Snapdragon 800 will compete against the Apple A6X as well and it is yet to be sen how these chips stack up when pitted against each other.
Next up is the Snapdragon 600 which is a toned down version of the 800. It houses a Krait 300 CPU which runs at 1.9 GHz. Also scaled down is the GPU which in this case happens to be an Adreno 320. Still, the 600 according to Qualcomm will offer 40 percent better performance when compared to the Snapdragon S4 Pro processor.
Both these SoC’s would make their public appearances inside devices by mid 2013.