In a post on their website, Qualcomm has announced their continued partnership with Microsoft and that future Windows Phones will be powered by the Snapdragon 810 processor. This is good news for Windows Phone users as a new flagship phone is expected later this year along with the release of Windows 10 for Phone. The performance and power of the Snapdragon 810 should make these a powerful option in the marketplace in 2015.
In the announcement, which you can find here on the Qualcom site, the company praised their currently relationship with Microsoft and gave a clear sign that new Windows powered phones in 2015 will be powered by their new processor.
“Microsoft and Qualcomm’s long standing collaboration has allowed the two companies to offer compelling business, imaging, and entertainment experiences with Lumia smartphones running on Windows Phone,” said Juha Kokkonen, general manager for portfolio and product management at Microsoft. “We look forward to continuing this relationship to deliver best in class Lumia smartphones, powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 processors, and offer an unprecedented combination of processing power, rich multimedia, high-performance graphics and wireless connectivity for our customers.”
The Snapdragon 810 is a powerful step forward in mobile processors, bringing improvements in virtually every area including 4K display support, up to 55 megapixel images thanks to the 14-bit ISP built into the chipset and improved LTE support. The Snapdragon 810 line is a 64-bit platform running at 2.0GHz or 1.5GHz depending on which ARM base chipset is selected for the device.
Here is a complete rundown of all the features of the Snapdragon 810 processors:
- Fast LTE connectivity: based on a next generation integrated LTE Advanced modem with Cat 9 support for speeds of up to 450 Mbps
- Enhanced image quality and clarity: with high-performance dual 14-bit ISP that supports up to 55 megapixel camera capabilities
- Connecting to LTE: enabled by Qualcomm RF360™ Front End Solution Antenna Tuner which increases coverage, throughput and reduces dropped calls
- Console quality gaming in up to 4K resolution: based on the new Qualcomm® Adreno™ 430 GPU with 30 percent more performance and 20 percent lower power than previous generation
- High-performance 64-bit processing: with quad core ARM A57 CPUs running up to 2.0Ghz and quad-core ARM A53s running up to 1.5Ghz
- Fast available Wi-Fi: supporting the new Qualcomm® VIVE™ dual-band, 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi with Qualcomm® MU | EFX (MU-MIMO) technology and the newest 60 GHz 802.11ad Wi-Fi for proximal connections up to 5 Gbps
- Comprehensive 4K support: including 4K video recording with playback on device and to external display, utilizing leading color enhancement and power-saving technologies
- Professional quality audio: with support for the latest Dolby Atmos, and up to 24-bit/192kHz music playback using our Qualcomm® Hexagon™ V56 DSP
- Comprehensive LTE coverage: Broad support of LTE/3G modes and bands that support LTE speeds when roaming and fall back to 3G when LTE is not available
Microsoft has committed to a new flagship Windows Phone in 2015 and it will undoubtedly be powered by Windows 10. Rumor is that we will see this new phone at Mobile World Congress in early March although it may not actually ship for a few months. It is likely that this new flagship will be powered by the Snapdragon 810 processor.