A stone’s throw away from NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 launch, rival Qualcomm unveiled the Snapdragon 800 and 600 lines of premium mobile processors, being careful not to label them “the world’s fastest.” Instead, the company claims its new chips feature up to 75 percent higher performance than the Snapdragon S4 Pro (its previous flagship), and are up to 40 percent more energy-efficient.
The new Snapdragon SoCs combine quad-core Krait 400 CPU, clocked at a staggering 2.30 GHz (1.90 GHz on the 600), Adreno 330 GPU, which feature a 100 percent performance increment over Adreno 320, Hexagon v5 DSP, a dual-channel LPDDR3 1600 MHz memory controller, 802.11 ac (1.3 Gbps) WLAN controller, USB 3.0 host controller, and a tweaked 4G LTE Cat 4 modem. Its GPU supports display resolutions as high as 2560 x 2048 pixels, and 1080p video transcoding.
The Snapdragon 800 is clearly gunning for the same design wins as Tegra 4, and the company expects its wide industry relations to eke out a winner. Tablets and high-end smartphones based on the chip will begin rolling out by 2Q 2013.
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