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With Snapdragon 808 and 810, Qualcomm Brings 64-Bit Support to Its High-End Chip Family

The highest-end chip, the 810, can handle 4K video, while the 808 tops out at 2K resolution.

Qualcomm on Monday is announcing two new high-end chips with a host of high-end features, including support for ultra-high-definition video, 64-bit processing and LTE Advanced networks.

The Snapdragon 808 and 810 chips, which won’t show up in products until early 2015, complete the bulk of Qualcomm’s shift to 64-bit support, although Android itself has yet to make the move to 64 bits. Qualcomm, which at one point downplayed the need for 64-bit processors, nonetheless began adding 64-bit support with the December introduction of the Snapdragon 410.

The main difference between the two chips is that the 810 has added graphics horsepower to support 4K displays, while the 808 can power displays up to 2K (2560 pixels by 1600 pixels). The Snapdragon 808 has six CPU cores, while the 810 features eight processing cores.

“These product announcements, in combination with the continued development of our next-generation custom 64-bit CPU, will ensure we have a tremendous foundation on which to innovate as we continue to push the boundaries of mobile computing performance in the years to come,” Qualcomm executive VP Murthy Renduchintala said in a statement.

Qualcomm has been the leader in the high-end market, dominating the landscape for premium Android phones and tablets, though Samsung, Nvidia, Intel and others are all nipping at its heels.

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