After Apple debuted its new 64-bit processor in the iPhone 5s, details on 64-bit chipsets from other chip manufacturers started hitting the wire. Samsung was expected to be next in line with its own 64-bit chip, but surprisingly, it’s Qualcomm, which will likely become the second manufacturer behind Apple to produce a 64-bit mobile processor. Even more surprising is the type of phones that Qualcomm is targeting with this chip.
Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 410 features a 64-bit architecture, Adreno 306 GPU, 1080P video playback and a 13-megapixel camera. It’ll also include 4G LTE and 3G support for most global networks including those carriers that allow for dual and triple SIM configurations. The chip is designed for entry-level phones in emerging markets like China. As such, it’ll have built-in support for China’s BeiDou navigation satellite system, which will deliver accurate location data to these Snapdragon-equipped handsets.
Qualcomm confirms that the reference designs for the chipset will be available to manufacturers in early 2014, and the chip will land in devices as early as the middle of 2014. The 410 won’t be alone in the 64-bit chip market as Qualcomm SVP and COO Jeff Lorbeck confirmed that the 410 will be “the first of many 64-bit capable processors.”