Today Qualcomm announced its latest Snapdragon 801 processor, which includes several new enhancements compared to its predecessor, the highly popular Snapdragon 800 SoC while maintaining some important similarities, primarily software and pin compatibility. This obviously sounds like a must have processor for this year. Qualcomm rocked the entire smartphone arena with its Snapdragon 800. It powers most of the latest Windows Phone and Android devices which include the latest Nokia Lumia 1520 as well.
The company's next high-end chip, the Snapdragon 805, isn't scheduled to ship in devices until later this year. Thus, until then, this latest Snapdragon 801 might captivate the smartphone makers. The Snapdragon 801 processor has a high chance of getting more popularity that its predecessor. It enables even more compelling mobile user experiences, like higher quality imaging with support for larger, faster camera sensors and improved image post-processing, as well as improved mobile graphics and gaming, higher speed SD card memory, dedicated hardware for dual-SIM/dual active (DSDA) service in China, and enhanced overall performance.
Like the Snapdragon 800 processor, the Snapdragon 801 includes integrated 4G LTE Cat 4 and 802.11ac Wi-Fi for seamless connectivity, a quad core Krait 400 CPU for advanced processing performance and an Adreno 330 GPU for premium graphics, all this while maintaining industry-leading battery performance.
And in the Snapdragon 801 processor, Qualcomm Technologies has boosted the performance of key processing engines, including the CPU, GPU, DSP, camera sensor and memory components. As with all Snapdragon processors, Qualcomm Technologies continues to achieve superior processing performance through the unique and efficient integration of its custom-designed processing engines, including Qualcomm Technologies' heterogeneous computing architecture.
The Snapdragon 801 enables breakthrough, low-power mobile user experiences by utilizing just the right processing engine or combination of processing engines for a given task. It is expected to be available in commercial devices within this quarter itself.