Qualcomm reveals its 2015 processors: 64-bit and support for 55MP cameras

Qualcomm Snapdragon

If you’re still dreamily looking forward to the Snapdragon 805 processor, due for release later this year, then Qualcomm has just given you something else to get excited about – it’s first 64-bit mobile processors, the Snapdragon 810 and the Snapdragon 808. However, before you cancel your order for the Galaxy S5 or HTC One M8, you should know these chips aren’t going to be out until 2015.

The Snapdragon 810 is Qualcomm’s heavy hitter. Qualcomm calls it the “highest performing Snapdragon platform to date,” but interestingly, the press release avoids talking about cores and speeds. Instead, we get a rundown of the more technical benefits the chip will bring. Headed for premium hardware, it promises improved stills and video camera performance, with support for HDR video, gyro-stabilzation, image sensors up to 55-megapixels, and 4K video recording.

On the subject of 4K resolutions, the new Adreno 430 graphics processor is specially designed for these next-generation displays, while also boosting overall performance by 30 percent compared to the Adreno 420. The good news is it does all this more efficiently, and cuts power consumption by 20 percent, too.

If the Snapdragon 810 lives up to its promise, it’ll deliver faster Wi-Fi, and in the right places, faster 4G LTE connections as well. Other features include USB 3.0 support, NFC, Bluetooth 4.1, and the introduction of even quicker LPDDR4 memory. This is an important addition. Processors using 64-bit technology require plenty of memory to function at their best.

Qualcomm’s second high-end 64-bit chip is the Snapdragon 808. It will also offer the same Wi-Fi and 4G LTE speed benefits, but it uses a different graphics processor, and LPDDR3 memory. The graphics chip is designed for 2560 x 1600 pixel resolutions, which Qualcomm calls 2K.

However, exciting as these two new processors are, they’re also almost a year from seeing the inside of a phone. Why is Qualcomm talking about its next-gen chips so early? It could be feeling some pressure from MediaTek, Samsung and perhaps even Intel, forcing it to show its hand now. In the meantime, we’ll look forward to the Snapdragon 805.


Want more power, but faster? This new charging tech claims it can deliver

Chunky power bricks and slow charging could be a thing of the past with GaNFast technology from Navitas Semiconductors. By using an alternative to silicon, GaNFast reduces power consumption and boosts output.

AT&T jumps the gun with deliberately misleading 5GE launch

As excitement about 5G networks continues to build, AT&T jumps the gun with a ridiculous and deliberate attempt to deceive the public with 5G Evolution – a speed bump that’s based on improvements to 4G tech.

Benchmark results show Snapdragon 855 destroys previous-generation chip

Almost exactly a year after the launch of the Snapdragon 845, Qualcomm took the wraps off of its next-generation mobile platform, the new Snapdragon 855. The new chip puts an emphasis on A.I. performance.

OnePlus 7 to use latest body design to get rid of the notch, leak suggests

The OnePlus 6T may still be new, but we're already looking ahead to the upcoming OnePlus 7. It will use the Snapdragon 855, and may have a new slider body design. Here's everything we know about the OnePlus 7.

Intel vs. AMD: Which chipmaker stole the show at CES 2019?

Intel and AMD have been competing for years, but rarely do they both debut something exciting at the same time. Intel vs. AMD at CES 2019 saw both companies step up to the plate. Who served it better?

Swatch and Mastercard team up for on-the-wrist, on-the-go mobile payments

Swatch has announced its Swatchpay technology is now available in Switzerland, enabling mobile payments from your Swatch watch. It works in a similar way to Apple Pay and Google Pay. Here's everything about it.

Do these Geekbench results accurately represent the Moto G7?

The Moto G6 range is still relatively new to the market, but rumors have already started about the Moto G7, which is expected some time in 2019. Apparently, a G7 Power version will be joining the G7, G7 Play, and G7 Plus.

Sony is showing something off at MWC -- will it be the Xperia XZ4?

Sony may have released the Xperia XZ3 in the past few months, but already it's preparing to release a follow-up, the Xperia XZ4. We're learning plenty about the phone now some details have started to leak out, and it's getting exciting.
Home Theater

Set your ears free with the best completely wireless earbuds

If you can't stand the tangle of cords, or you're just excited about completely wireless earbuds, you're going to need some help separating the wheat from the chaff. Our list serves up the best true wireless earbuds around.

Is this the first image of a Galaxy S10 being used in real life?

It won't be long now; With 2019 underway, the Samsung Galaxy S10 is almost here. Before it arrives, here's absolutely everything you need to know about all three of Samsung's next flagships.

Omron HeartGuide brings blood pressure monitoring to your wrist

High blood pressure leads to heart attacks, strokes, and many other health problems, so it's important to keep an eye on. Omron's HeartGuide is a fitness tracking watch that can also monitor your blood pressure from your wrist.

Google is buying mysterious smartwatch tech from The Fossil Group for $40 million

Google is about to step up its smartwatch game. The company has agreed to buy an unnamed smartwatch technology from The Fossil Group for a hefty $40 million. Considering the acquisition, it's clear Google is serious about smartwatches.

Learn how to play YouTube in the background on iOS and Android

We show you how to play YouTube in the background with apps such as Opera, Chrome, and Firefox -- along with the premium offerings like YouTube Premium -- whether you have an Android or iOS device.

Android vs. iOS: Which smartphone platform is the best?

If you’re trying to choose a new phone and you’re not sure about the merits and pitfalls of the leading smartphone operating systems, then come on in for a detailed breakdown as we pit Android vs. iOS in various categories.