At the present, the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor is considered the “must-have” chip for high-end handsets. First introduced through the LG Optimus G, the Snapdragon S4 Pro has made its way to devices such as the HTC Droid DNA, Google Nexus 4 and several other smartphones that launched in the fourth quarter of 2012 or are scheduled for an early 2013 release. But following the unveiling of Qualcomm’s newest mobile processors, the aforementioned devices and many others may suddenly be passé when it comes to processing speed and power.
The Snapdragon 800 will take over from Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Pro once the chip is officially released, which should be sometime in the second quarter of 2013, and should also put an end to the S-family of chips that started earlier with the original Snapdragon S1. That’s because Qualcomm showcased a few other chips, include the lower-end Snapdragon 200 and Snapdragon 400, both of which focus more on maximizing battery life while still ensuring some sort of wireless connectivity. Aside from the fact that the latter two chips are based on ARM architecture, Qualcomm didn’t provide much information on the Snapdragon 200 and 400.
The equivalent of the Snapdragon S4 Pro underneath the Nexus 4, Droid DNA and other top-shelf smartphones today is the upcoming Snapdragon 600, which comes with improved Krait 300 cores that should be 20 to 30 percent faster than the cores of the S4 Pro. We could be looking at about 1.8 to 1.9 GHz clock speed for the Snapdragon 600. But the main course, so to say, is the aforementioned Snapdragon 800, a quad-core processor with Krait 400 cores and an Adreno 330 GPU. These chips, which are manufactured with 28-nanometer processes, can reportedly reach clock speeds of a maximum 2.3 GHz. Improved 4G LTE performance is also expected, same with 4K video recording support and Wi-Fi 802.11ac connectivity, which is the fastest form of Wi-Fi so far. Once released, the Snapdragon 800 will likely be competing with Nvidia’s Tegra 4 AP and the Samsung Exynos 5450, both of which make use of Cortex-A15 architecture.