Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Going Into Mass Production This May

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor will go into mass production starting May 2013.

The 800 processor is Qualcomm’s system-on-chip followup to the popular Snapdragon 600. The previous version of the processor was used on popular smartphones including the LG Optimus G Pro.

Qualcomm promises that its new processor will provide significant speed boosts over its prior 1.7GHz chipset while also consuming less energy and providing better overall benchmarks.

Speaking to Engadget, Qualcomm senior product manager Yufei Wang said the 28nm chip will go into mass production next month. Wang declined to offer what devices or manufacturers will be taking advantage of the new chipset.

So far, the Snapdragon 800 system-on-chip setup has been used on test devices including a potential new offering from ZTE. That device, the Grand Memo, was shown off at Mobile World Congress in February 2013.

Wang suggests that announcements from manufacturers will likely not arrive until June.

The Snapdragon 800 setup includes the Krait 400 architecture which allows the CPU to operate four asynchronous cores at speeds up to 2.3GHz without much of a power usage increase.

The system-on-chip’s Andreno 330 CPU providers 3k playback at 30fps. The chipset offers some nice connectivity options support including 802.11ac Wi-Fi, USB 3.0, 4G LTE, and Miracast.

Also included on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 system is the Quick Charge system and voice activation which are integrated.

Do you think mobile chipset technology is doing a good job of keeping up with consumer needs? Will you be purchasing a smartphone with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600?