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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 to enter mass production next month

Published Apr 26th, 2013 6:00PM EDT
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor production

Vendors such as Samsung, HTC and LG have turned to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 processor to power their flagship devices. The chipset has been praised for its high-end performance and efficient power consumption, and Qualcomm is promising an even better user experience with its Snapdragon 800 processor. The company’s upcoming chip is similar to the 600 version with its four cores that are clocked asynchronously, however it can maintain a clock speed of up to 2.3GHz and includes a new Adreno 330 graphics processor that is capable of supporting 4K resolution playback at 30 frames-per-second.

Qualcomm confirmed at a media event in Beijing on Friday that the next-generation Snapdragon 800 chipset will enter mass production in late May, Engadget reported. The company would not reveal which upcoming devices will utilize the high-end processor, however, nor did it allow journalists to run benchmark tests.

Earlier reports suggested that while the Snapdragon 800 may deliver better battery life, it may not perform as well as NVIDIA’s upcoming Tegra 4 processor.