Qualcomm today announced two new 64-bit processors to the Snapdragon 600 family - the quad-core 610 and the octa-core 615 chipsets. The Snapdragon 615 processor is also the world's first commercial 64-bit octa-core chipset with integrated 5 mode global LTE.
Both processors support 4G LTE speeds of up to 150Mbps and are compatible with Qualcomm's RF360 radio chipset, which is able to support over 40 different cellular bands worldwide. This means that phone manufacturers no longer need to release phone models with different configurations for different markets as one single model can support all major bands and modes worldwide.
For the first time ever, Qualcomm is bringing the Adreno 400 series GPU from the premium Snapdragon 800 tier to the Snapdragon 600 high-tier family. As such, the Snapdragon 610 and 615 will feature the Adreno 405 GPU which supports OpenGL ES 3.0, DirectX 11.2, H.265 video recording and displays up to 2,560 x 1600 pixels in resolution.
The Snapdragon 610 and 615 processors are expected to begin sampling in Q3 and the first commercial devices are expected in Q4 this year.