Qualcomm continues to be one of the biggest chip suppliers of the mobile world, and by learning all we can about the aforementioned company’s plans we can take a sneak peek into the future and try to determine what hardware components will be adopted by some of the upcoming, yet unannounced smartphones.
Interestingly enough, a Qualcomm roadmap recently leaked on the web, revealing some of the chipmaker’s future-to-be-released SoCs and their rough release time-frames. Check out the rest of the story below.
Qualcomm Roadmap Leaks
Starting off with late Q3-early Q4 2014, Qualcomm appears to plan on releasing a couple of new “high end” chipsets from the Snapdragon 600 family, namely the MSM8936 (Snapdragon 610), and the MSM8939 (Snapdragon 615).
Both chips have been constructed using 28 nm technology, and they both come with 64-bit support and an Adreno 405 graphics chip. The main difference lie in the CPUs themselves, as the SD 610 features a quad-core Cortex-A53 CPU clocked at 1.8 GHz. In contrast, the Snapdragon 615 is an octa-core SoC (it sports four Cortex-A53 cores running at 1.8 GHz and an additional four Cortex-A53 cores with a frequency of 1.0 GHz).
The leaked roadmap also gives us a sneak preview of late 2014-early 2015, when Qualcomm is set to release the MSM8994 (Snapdragon 810) and the MSM8992 (Snapdragon 808 – Q2-Q3 2015). Both chips are part of the “premium” line-up so they’ll find their way towards the most powerful future flagship smartphones. The Snapdragon 808 is comprised of 2+4 cores and an Adreno 418 graphics chip. The more powerful MSM8994 (or Snapdragon 810) boasts two quad-core processors and an Adreno 430 GPU.
We should mention that the roadmap’s timeframes should correspond to the period of time when the chip-sets will become available to smartphone manufacturers. As such, it’s logical to assume that these new SoCs will eventually be available to the general public (in retail smartphones) a few months later than they show up on the aforementioned roadmap.
As a side note, the leaked roadmap comes from a source who, in the past, has released info related to both Qualcomm and MediaTek chipsets.