Snapdragon 810 didn’t turn out as great as many was hoping for – it is plagued by overheating issues and one major player – Samsung – has even opted out of Qualcomm’s services. Mediatek announced recently a new lineup of high-end SoC models with 10 and 12-core CPU configuration and the race for the next generation is now officially on.
The chip maker seems to be working on the 810 successors already – the Snapdragon 818 – and the purported specs are now out. Apparently the S818 SoC will also offer a 10-core processor, new and powerful Adreno 532 GPU, and LTE Cat. 10 connectivity.
Snapdragon 818 is rumored to pack a 10-core processor with 4x Cortex-A53 cores at 1.2GHz, 2x Cortex cores clocked at 1.6GHz and 4x Cortex-A72 ticking at 2.0GHz. The Cortex-A72 core is supposedly the most powerful processor in mass production right now. In addition the Snapdragon 818 chip will also come with a new Adreno 532 GPU, LPDDR4 RAM and LTE Cat.10 connectivity.
Mediatek’s MT6797 Helio X20 top of the line chip offers a different 10-core processor with 4x Cortex-A53 at 1.4GHz, 4x Cortex-A53 at 2.0GHz and 2x Cortex-A72 running at 2.3-2.5GHz. It has a 4-core Mali-T880 MP4, but relies on LPDDR3 RAM and LTE Cat.6 modem. The MT6797 SoC is capable of 4K video recording at 120fps and 4K HDR capturing.
Both the Snapdragon 818 and MT6797 seems like real powerhouses and we just can’t wait to see those in action. Snapdragon 818 is rumored to be manufactured at 20nm process, the same as Snapdragon 810, and we just hope the history doesn’t repeat itself.