Qualcomm eat its word, announces octa-core SoC Snapdragon 615

I could clearly remember how Qualcomm bashed its competitors like Samsung and MediaTek for releasing octa-core chipset. They even exerted extra effort by releasing a sort of infomercial detailing that it is really not about the number of cores but rather the quality of it. Well I guess the tide has turned on Qualcomm’s side as they announce their very first ever octa-core chipset, the Snapdragon 615.

Announced at the recently held Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, the Snapdragon 615 will not replace the new Snapdragon 801 for the top spot but it will be targeted for mid-range handsets. It seems that the Snapdragon 615 would be in direct competition with the recently announced MT6752, which is a 64-bit octa-core chipset by MediaTek.


Although the Snapdragon 615 is intended for mid-range handsets, it is still made with performance parts. First is it got an eight 64-bit ARM Cortex A53 cores however Qualcomm has not yet disclosed the cores’ clockspeed.

No matter how good the CPUs are, it will be crippled if it does not have an equally good GPU and that will not be the case for the Snapdragon 615. The chipset is equipped with an Adreno 405 GPU, which has only been used in the Snapdragon 800 series chipsets until now. The GPU should bring Open GL ES3.0, DirectX 11.2, as well as hardware acceleration, display resolution up to 2560 x 1600 pixels, H.265 hardware decoder, and enhanced image and video processing capabilities to devices that will use the Snapdragon 615

On the connectivity side, the Snapdragon 615 will use Qualcomm’s 3rd generation LTE solution that has 5 modes which should work globally. The Snapdragon 615 SoC will also be using the latest standard on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity the 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.1 respectively.

We should expect to see devices using the Snapdragon 615 by the last quarter of this year.

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