Although its clear that most of the next flagship Android smartphones will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 SoC and we already got some news regarding the possibility of the updated version of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Benchmark profiles surfaced today from the popular website Geekbench and they seem to prove that a handset with a model number SM-N916S is imminent. Now that it points to the real Snapdragon 810 Galaxy Note variant.
The Snapdragon 810 does support speedier LTE networks than previously thought, and Qualcomm announced that it will upgrade the chip to support Cat.9 LTE, which comes with theoretical peak download speeds of 450Mbps. Snapdragon 805 chipset tops out at, enabling 300 Mbps downloads in the best of conditions if compared.
The maximum peak upload speed goes with 50Mbps, as it has been since Cat.3 LTE devices appeared on the market a while ago. Cat.10 obviously go beyond that, up to 100 Mbps for upload, but apparently we have still going to wait for that to launch.
While the Snapdragon 810 will reach 450Mbps maximum speed because its modem will be able to utilize three 20 Mhz carriers simultaneously, through carrier aggregation (CA). This will be Qualcomm’s first SoC to pack Cat.9 LTE, allotted with earlier standards, such as GSM/EDGE, CDMA1x/EVDO, TD-SCDMA, and WCDMA/HSPA+.
Samsung now has sort of a history of surprising, out of the blue updates to existing flagships. The Galaxy S5 LTE-A featured the QHD display, initially rumored to appear on the Galaxy S5 itself and the hardware update might seem weird though, logical when looking at the bigger picture and the recent roll out of 64-bit Android platform.
The South Korean manufacturer won’t be one to shy away from new trends but will presumably adopt 64-bit architecture as soon as possible in the future. The new 810 Qualcomm chip is needed step to facilitate this in its current generation Note device.
However the 64-bit chip is not something completely new to the Galaxy Note 4. Currently there is an Samsung’s own Exynos 5433-powered version of the phablet available in the market, which is by design a 64-bit SoC. Processor, that is limited to using a standard 32-bit instruction set at present to facilitate compatibility with its already in Snapdragon 805 sibling.
Although Qualcomm has confirmed and the Galaxy Note 4 with Snapdragon 810 spotted. Whether or not the Galaxy Note 4 will usher into a 64-bit era with the Android 5.0 Lollipop update is still unclear. Stay tuned to get the best answer that would become evident next year.