Qualcomm’s octa-core Snapdragon 615 could power your next Android


If you’re planning to upgrade your smartphone later this year, then you may be looking to buy one powered by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 615 processor. Announced today on Chinese social networking site Weibo, it’s the company’s first octa-core chip, and it will appear in a number of devices launching in the third quarter.

The Snapdragon 615 is built using a 28 nanometer manufacturing process, and it boasts an ARMv8 CPU that consists of four Cortex-A53 cores each clocked at 1GHz, and another four clocked at 1.8GHz. It also packs an Adreno 405 graphics processing unit that supports 64-bit LPDDR3 memory.

Qualcomm first announced the Snapdragon 615 back in February, but the company has been relatively quiet about its release ever since — while the latest high-end smartphones and tablets have utilized its quad-core Snapdragon 801 and Snapdragon 805 chips instead.

If the first Snapdragon 615 devices are just a few months away, there’s a chance we could get our first glimpse at one or two of them during IFA 2014 in Berlin next month. The even kicks off on September 5, just two days after Samsung is expected to announce its much-anticipated Galaxy Note 4.