Earlier today we looked into some specs purported to be found in an as-yet unannounced Samsung smartphone. Those specs included Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 805 processor, a pretty powerful little piece of equipment that offers up to 2.7 GHz of performance. But as advanced as that is, Qualcomm decided to unveil the next step in its plans for mobile processing, announcing the Snapdragon 808 and 810 processors. The upshot of that announcement? Qualcomm is looking to focus on 64-bit processors going forward.

The press release published by Qualcomm today explains that the 808 and 810 will be equipped to support extremely fast data speeds—up to 300 mbps—and are “optimized for exceptionally low power consumption that does not sacrifice performance.” Most, if not all, of the high end smartphones coming out right now are packed with 32-bit processors, so it’ll be interesting to see what OEMs do with the newly announced 64-bit processors.

Fast computing and data speeds aren’t all that Qualcomm is talking about. The Snapdragon 810, apparently, will be able to allow devices to allow users to shoot “high quality 4K video at 30 frames per second and 1080p video at 120 frames per second.” So while the Snapdragon 810 will undoubtedly find its way into the phones of the future, the chip may end up being used in high end video cameras very soon.

In a statement given to CNET, a Qualcomm representative offered up this explanation for where the company is focused going forward:

“This announcement underscores Qualcomm Technologies focus on 64-bit leadership…with more details expected to be shared later this year.”

The post also points out that these aren’t the first 64-bit processors announced by Qualcomm this year, having unveiled the Snapdragon 610 and 615 just in February. In short, it seems that the company is betting that OEMs will continue pushing the boundaries of mobile computing, and it wants to be at the forefront of giving them the power to do so.

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It’ll be interesting to see what devices pop up next year featuring these CPUs. Stay tuned…

[Sources: Qualcomm, CNET]


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