Qualcomm’s highly anticipated and nearly yearlong lead up to the release of the Snapdragon 810 has finally happened and it has been given glowing reviews by the press. The 810 is an important step forward for Qualcomm, a company who at first pioneered M2M communication and later CDMA for cellphones. They are an important M2M and cellular player but they haven’t really ventured outside of those facets.
The Snapdragon 810 is a processor that looks to continue to bolster their success in the cellular world and keep them ahead of their competitors in this fast paced IoT world. Some of the features that keep the 810 one step ahead, are things like a Quad core 64-bit processor with 20nm SoC architecture. Four of those cores are good for 2GHz and the other four operate at 1.55GHz. The integrated GPU is an Adreno 430 and uses LPDDR4 1600MHz dual-channel RAM, which makes the 810 the first Snapdragon to use these.
The 810 is also the first Snapdragon to have 4k video capture and 4k video output to an external source while cameras are supported up to 55MP. Sharing those pictures or anything else for that matter is made easier with the Bluetooth 4.1, USB 3.0 and Qualcomm VIVE 2 stream n/ab Wi-Fi with MU-MIMO.
Qualcomm will also look to reach its tentacles out to other facets of the IoT like wearables, automotive, VR and powering servers. It’s a big risk entering into sectors where giants like Intel dominate, but then again, Qualcomm already has a huge lead in the mobile phone sector. The Snapdragon 810 is more than just the latest and greatest mobile processor available, it serves as display to others that they are willing to take risks. The question is, will they succeed in their new ventures?