While Qualcomm is still trying to resolve market supply issues due to its Snapdragon 810 chipset being delayed a lot, thanks to the heating issues, it seems that it has still managed to put in some precious amount of time in making the next line of flagship grade chipsets.
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We came across an interesting set of images in the web, which seem to indicate that Qualcomm might be working on the future line up of the chipsets, dubbed Snapdragon 815 and the Snapdragon 820, which might possibly be released by the mid of 2015. The leaked images seem to be portraying a future roadmap of the Qualcomm family. To begin with, we have the Snapdragon 616 which might be next iteration of the existing Snapdragon 615, and it is highly probable that the Snapdragon 616 will be carrying a similar Cortex-A53 based Octa core SOC, albeit clocked at a higher frequency, possibly between 1.8 GHz and 2.2 GHz. The GPU has been upgraded to an Adreno 408 from Adreno 403. It also seems to be capable of Cat. 6 LTE connectivity.
After the Snapdragon 616, we have the Snapdragon 620, which is based on Qualcomm’s home brewed architecture named “Taipan”. It seems to be quad core chips, paired with an Adreno 418 GPU. It is also listed to support DDR3 RAM and Cat. 10 LTE connectivity.
The Snapdragon 625 and 629 will be blessed with octa cores with Cat. 10 LTE connectivity. They will be using the LPDDR4 1600 RAM instead of the aforementioned DDR3, and will sport dual channel memory which will be based on the latest 20 nm HKMG fabrication process.
Moving further ahead, we meet the Qualcomm Snapdragon 815. It is mentioned as an octa-core chipset set up in a big.LITTLE configuration paired with an Adreno 450 GPU. The SOC is also stated to support advanced Cat. 10 MDM9X55 LTE connectivity along with the next generation LPDDR4 1600 RAM, fabricated using a similar 20nm fabrication process.
Finally, we face off with the Snapdragon 820. It seems to take the game to a whole new level with configurations so powerful that it can replace your desktop. The specifications tout that the Snapdragon 820 is an octa-core SOC with all of them belonging to the TS2 type. It is also worth noting that there is nothing specified about the big.LITTLE configuration for this chipset. We speculate that the chipset will make use of all the eight cores simultaneously. While the LTE connectivity and type of RAM are similar to Snapdragon 815, the GPU takes a generation leap. The GPU under the hood is an Adreno 530 and the entire fabrication process is stated to be based on the state of the art 14nm FinFET manufacturing technology, already licensed to Global Foundries.
While all the above stated chipsets do sound exciting and promising, it must be taken into consideration that this is just a leak and no official announcement has been made yet.
Written by Abhishek and Edited by Kemmy for The Wheels and Chips Journal
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