The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge have the best performance on benchmarks you can get right now. With its Exynos 7420 Octa-Core 64-bit processor that’s based on a 14nm process, it whoops Qualcomm which is struggling to douse the flames of its Snapdragon 810 overheating issues.
Now its upcoming Snapdragon 820 is set to fix all that and its early benchmark results reveals some optimistic numbers.
Here’s another clue for the upcoming OnePlus 2. After revealing its Snapdragon 810 powerhouse, the 2 will be having a USB Type C connector instead of a usual micro USB connector. If the OnePlus 2 is to be released soon, this could be the first flagship Android to use this new reversible connector.
When OnePlus officially announced its decision to use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 processor for its OnePlus 2, they knew people will start talking about its overheating concerns. In a bid to clear the air, the OnePlus team has posted a clarification on their forum to dispel rumours of its upcoming flagship killer.
In terms of pricing, they shared that the new Snapdragon 810 Octa-Core processor is much more advanced and complex compared to its Snapdragon 801 Quad-Core processor that’s powering the current OnePlus One. They shared that the cost of the processor is about 60% more and this will definitely drive the price beyond US$322 (about RM1,194).
Despite tests and complaints from the industry in general Snapdragon producer Qualcomm has repeatedly denied that their chip tends to run a lot hotter than they claim.
There have been rumours floating around about a supposed Snapdragon 815 chipset coming from Qualcomm that was supposed to be carrying ARM’s bit.LITTLE architecture but the rumour has been quashed by Qualcomm stating that no such chip exists.
The Snapdragon 815 apparently was to have an octa-core CPU, Adreo 450 GPU, LPDDR4 memory support as well as a MDM9x55 modem built in with Cat.10 LTE; manufactured using a 20nm process.
Qualcomm on the other hand says that no such chip is going to be made, with the next top of the line chip to actually be the Snapdragon 820 which will succeed the Snapdragon 810. The new chip is expected around the latter part of this year with devices running on it to be out at either the tail end of 2015 or early 2016 assuming there are no delays.
The Snapdragon 820 will be the first 64-bit SoC to have a Qualcomm custom core, named Kyro, based on ARMv8 but designed by Qualcomm themselves.
Qualcomm has just unveiled their latest batch of chipsets, the Snapdragon 415, 425, 618, and 620, about time too considering that they’re getting serious competition from the likes of MediaTek and even Samsung’s own Exynos chipset.
There has been a stronger need for Qualcomm to step up their game, especially in the entry-mid range segment where low cost high performance is vital.
We recently wrote about how the Snapdragon 810 doesn’t overheat, but what if it really does?
As it turns out, Qualcomm’s top of the line processor might just be throttling it’s performance just to stay frosty, which might be very well the reason why Samsung decided to drop it it’s home-brewed Exynos chips. Qualcomm is indeed trying to shed it’s overheating perceptions but Samsung has probably made the right choice.
However, as explored by GeekTech, it doesn’t look to be all it seems as benchmarking test seem to say that we aren’t getting the whole picture. Granted that they did release that their devices would have a skin temperature limit of 45°C and that it is indeed cooler than their last device, but their reference device looks like it might be misleading the scores as it’s much thicker and probably has better cooling than your average smartphone. AnandTech didn’t find any issues with the SD 810 either, so it’s a little puzzling, because their tests did show a good 33% boost over the SD 805 and GFXBench results tell us that there was only about 10% performance increase as opposed to the 30% claimed by Qualcomm.
David from AndroidPolice also ranted about a device that he can’t mention (likely to be a LG G Flex 2) with benchmark scores that deteriorate greatly after each iteration of testing. This indicates that the processor is capping it’s full potential as it starts to heat up. It’s akin to putting a leash on a horse in the middle of a race and that really doesn’t bode well for Qualcomm.
Thanks to Fish for the heads up!
Qualcomm’s top end Snapdragon 810 processor is making its way to the latest flagship smart phones for 2015. That’s probably the case of most brands except for Samsung, which recently has dropped it in favour for its in-house developed Exynos processors. Samsung has alleged that the latest Snapdragon is having heat issues which Qualcomm has denied.
To refute its claims, Qualcomm has released a comparison test of a Snapdragon 801 powered device versus another smart phone that runs on the latest Snapdragon 810 processor. No doubt that the new processor is much more powerful but can it take the heat compared to last year’s flagships?
With 4K video creeping steadily onto TVs and computers, it’s next big target would be mobile phones if ARM has any say about it.
Having just unveiled their Cortex-A72 mobile processor reference design, the new chip promises to give a huge boost to graphics and general processing your mobile. The updates to the chip includes optimizations for 30 percent more memory performance and up to 80 percent speedier graphics, roughly makes it about 3.5 times more powerful than it’s ancestor the Cortex-A15 chip. It would also be capable of recording 4K video at 120 frames per second, which is a huge improvement over the 30 frames that most smartphones are only capable of.
On top of that, the processor will also consume about 75 percent less power than it’s predecessor the A15 at a similar level of performance, with graphics only needing about 40 percent less than what it was used to.
The latest flagship smart phones are not only faster in performance but they are getting faster in 4G speeds as well. The latest Snapdragon 810 processor from Qualcomm is getting support for faster LTE Category 9.
This allows it to have download speeds up to 450Mbps which is made possible with Carrier Aggregation (3x 20MHz) across FDD and LTE networks. Qualcomm’s LTE-Advanced modem is also backward compatible with various mobile standards including GSM/EDGE, CDMA1x/EVO, TD-SCDMA and WCDMA/HSPA+.
This exceeds the current Cat 6 LTE standards that support download speeds up to 300Mbps. Now if only our local networks are capable of touching at least Cat 4 (150Mbps) LTE speeds in real life.