Qualcomm is providing mobile developers with access to our latest Mobile Development Platform (MDP) technology by giving awaythree Snapdragon 800 MDP tablets and three Snapdragon 800 MDP smartphones, designed to provide application developers and device manufacturers with access to the high-performance Android 4.2 platform for developing, testing, optimizing and showcasing applications and games.
Developers can enter by following @Qualcomm Dev on Twitter and sending a tweet using the #QualcommDevs hashtag, or they can“Like” the Qualcomm Developer Network on Facebook and submit an entry through the QDevNet Sweepstakes tab. One entry per person can be submitted each week up until July 14.
The latest MDP is based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor, featuring asynchronous quad-core Krait 400 CPUs, an Adreno 330 GPU, and advanced multimedia technology including UltraHD/4K video support. The MDPs also feature integrated hardware and software and are an essential tool for developers as they create the next generation of apps, simplifying development and reducing the time to market.
We were privy to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon’s stall at the ISA Vision Summit 2013 at Bangalore this year. The stall had some of the best things under the sun to show! In fact the devices and the kind of technology that was at display was enough to blow our minds away! Before I delve into any more details about the processor and its offering, here are the specs of the processor line!

Snapdragon product specs


S4 Play

S4 Plus

S4 Pro

S4 Prime

CPU Up to 1.2GHz Dual or Quad ARM Cortex A5 Up to 1.7 GHz Dual Krait CPU Up to 1.7 GHz Dual or Quad Krait CPU Up to 1.7 GHz Quad Krait CPU
GPU Adreno 203 GPU Up to Adreno 305 GPU Adreno 320 GPU Adreno 320 GPU
Video FWVGA Up to 1080p HD video 1080p HD video 1080p HD video
Modem 3G/4G World/multimode 3G/4G World/multimode LTE on select processors 3G/4G World/multimode LTE on select processors No Modem
Camera 8 MP Up to 20MP, Stereoscopic 3D Kit Up to 20MP, Stereoscopic 3D Kit Up to 20MP, Stereoscopic 3D Kit
GPS gpsOne Gen 7 gpsOne Gen8A gpsOne Gen8A gpsOne Gen8A
USB High Speed USB 2.0 USB 2.0 High Speed OTG (480Mbps) USB 2.0 High Speed OTG (480Mbps) USB 2.0 High Speed OTG (480Mbps)
Bluetooth Discrete solution BT 3.x Integrated digital core BT 4.0† Integrated digital core BT4.0† Integrated digital core BT4.0†
Wifi Discrete solution 802.11n (2.4GHz) Integrated digital core 802.11n (2.4/5GHz)† Integrated digital core 802.11n (2.4/5GHz)† Integrated digital core 802.11n (2.4/5GHz)†
Process Technology * 45nm 28nm 28nm 28nm
Individual Chips
  • MSM8625
  • MSM8225
  • MSM8225Q
  • MSM8625Q
  • APQ8060A
  • MSM8960
  • MSM8660A
  • MSM8260A
  • APQ8030
  • MSM8930
  • MSM8630
  • MSM8230
  • MSM8627
  • MSM8227
  • APQ8064
  • MSM8960T
  • MPQ 8064
† -Digital integrated in SoC, Analog added via additional chip
* See detailed table for specific chip information as some generations include multiple microarchitectures

The source can be found here.

While we were at the stall, the team there demonstrated a few features to us that are relatively undeveloped and new. We were told that the processor family now runs on a quad core architecture. Nothing new at that. But then it was added that each of the 4 cores are capable of being individually controlled. When the device runs a regular application or is in the sleep mode then only one core is powered up and runs at the potential needed. However, when the user decides to play a game or get into a heavily processor intensive application, then as per need each core is individually powered and pushed to the required processing power in steps. Let me explain in detail. Say we are running a game and all the four cores are running fired at the full potential and you receive a call. Ideally speaking the run of the mill processors would generally keep running at the full power there by draining the battery. This would not be the case with Snapdragon. In a snap the processor would power down 3 cores and keep one core powered at the potential needed to run the device without lag. This would not only save the battery but also maintain the experience of the device.

Further, the devices were also demonstrated to be able to render 3D delightfully! We were shown a demo app that not only was able to use AR (Augmented Reality) and show us the innards of our body but could also delve into more detail as we selected the options. While this may seem run of the mill to you, let me point out that all this was being displayed real time using the phone’s camera and being rendered in 3D on the phone’s screen!

While there was more to show, I was running short of time and was too interested in taking the devices on display on a spin, however, that should not necessarily mean that you would have nothing more to know about it.
You can find the Wiki link about the entire family of processors here.
Also you can read more about the processors at the company’s website here.