Judging from the focus on this feature, it looks like 64-bit computing might just be the next big thing for mobile devices – if the efforts from SoC manufacturers like NVIDIA and Qualcomm are any evidence. NVIDIA has the 64-bit version of the Tegra K1, and Qualcomm has the Snapdragon 810, with the latter now making an appearance at AnTuTu’s benchmarking databases.
The new SoC – earmarked with code number MSM8994 – is reportedly still in its testing phase, but what we see here is an unofficial sneak peek into what it looks like. The model is an octa-core chip – quad Cortex-A57and quad Cortex-A53 – with AnTuTu reporting some low speeds per core at testing phase (200 to 940.8Mhz). None of the cores are even breaking 1Ghz at this point, so we might still be seeing huge improvement in this aspect soon.
The test device is a strange one. It is yet unnamed, but what we know is that it sports a 6.2-inch 2560x1600 display being run by the SoC’s Adreno 430 graphics chip, backstopped by a whopping 4GBs of RAM on an Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS. Any guesses?
This is clearly a developmental stage for the Snapdragon 810, and with NVIDIA already promising great leaps with its 64-bit Tegra K1, Qualcomm really needs to get this one together fairly quickly and efficiently. What will be the first Snapdragon 810 device? Tell us if you have any theories on this.