If ignorance is bliss, it's best you stop reading now, especially if you just locked yourself into a subsidized handset for the next two years. For the rest of you, here's a heads up that next year's high-end smartphones could end up being game changers. High-end handsets in 2015 will be rocking Qualcomm's newly introduced Snapdragon 810 and 808 processors, which completes the company's lineup of 64-bit enabled, LTE-equipped chipsets for premium mobile computing devices.
Qualcomm's flagship Snapdragon 810 processor will usher in support for native 4K ultra HD video, along with an upgraded camera suite using gyro-stabilization and 3D noise reduction for recording 4K video at 30 frames per second and 1080p video at 120 frames per second. It will have 14-bit dual Image Signal Processors capable of supporting 1.2GP/s throughput and image sensors up to 55-megapixels.
The 810 part will be made up of 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex A54 and A53 CPUs, and Adreno 430 graphics with support for OpenGL ES 3.1, hardware tessellation, geometry shaders, and programmable blending. According to Qualcomm, Adreno 430 will deliver up to 30 percent faster graphics performance and 100 percent faster GPGPU compute performance while reducing power consumption by up to 20 percent
Other featurs include high-speed LPDDR4 memory support, 2-stream 802.11ac with MIMO, Bluetooth 4.1, USB 3.0, NFC, and CAT 6 LTE.
The 808 is another fast part, though video support tops out at 2K. It will have an Adreno 418 GPU and support up to 20 percent faster graphics performance than its predecessor (Adreno 330).
"The announcement of the Snapdragon 810 and 808 processors underscore Qualcomm Technologies’ continued commitment to technology leadership and a time-to-market advantage for our customers for premium tier 64-bit LTE-enabled smartphones and tablets," said Murthy Renduchintala, executive vice president, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and co-president, QCT. "These product announcements, in combination with the continued development of our next-generation custom 64-bit CPU, will ensure we have a tremendous foundation on which to innovate as we continue to push the boundaries of mobile computing performance in the years to come."
Qualcomm will begin sampling it new Snapdragon chips in the second half of this year. Devices built around the 808 and 815 will debut in the first half of 2015.