If there’s one adjective that describes the mobile tech industry, it would be “fast”. Just as more and more high-end smartphones are adopting Qualcomm‘s latest Snapdragon 800, the ARM chip manufacturer is now reportedly already working on its next generation Snapdragon chip.
No, it isn’t a 64-bit chip yet, which Qualcomm has pointed out, and then retracted, to be a merketing gimmick, in an attempt to discredit Apple and it’s new processor, which wasn’t manufactured by Qualcomm. Or at least there isn’t any indication that this new chip will be making that big a jump just yet. In fact, it seems that Qualcomm’s next Snapdragon will simply be an incremental upgrade.
A leaked AnTuTu benchmark shows a Qualcomm chip with the model APQ8084, just a digit away from the Snapdragon 800 APQ80874, running at 2.5 GHz. In comparison, the Snapdragon 800 runs at 2.3 GHz, which may not seem like such a huge improvement, but should still boost performance a bit in a few places. The rest of the specs, such as the four cores and the maximum supported resolution of 1080×1920, remain the same. The GPU, however, is said to be a brand new Adreno 420.
There is no information when this new Qualcomm chip will be unveiled, though there might be a chance of that happening at the Mobile World Congress early next year. It remains to be seen if upcoming smartphones, such as the rumored Samsung Galaxy S5, will already be sporting the processor by then.