As the CES 2013 event continues in Las Vegas, more companies are unveiling their latest products at the Las Vegas-based technology fair. Today we are talking about Qualcomm which presented its latest generation of processors, Snapdragon 800 and 600, quad-core units which will be underpinning high-end smartphones.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 is a chipset designed for the "premium terminals," say the officials of the San Diego-based company, and we will probably see it fitted inside many of the next-gen high-end smartphones and tablets.

The Snapdragon 800 SoC includes a Krait 400 CPU, Adreno 330 GPU, Hexagon v5 DSP, and support for the fastest networks in the world, courtesy of the 4G LTE chip. Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro is currently one of the most powerful processors on the market, Snapdragon 800 being its successor and providing with up to 75% more processing power.

Snapdragon 800 is manufactured on 28nm architecture and brings 2.3 GHz cores, plus support for Ultra HD video playback (4 x 1080p).

The first smartphones powered by Qualcomm's mighty Snapdragon 800 will hit the market sometime this summer.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 will be integrated on the first terminals beginning with the second quarter of the year, being a processing unit that lays somewhere between Snapdragon S4 Pro and Snapdragon 800.

Delivering 40% more power than S4 Pro, Snapdragon 600 SoC is based on Krait 300 CPU clocked at 1.8 GHz, Adreno 320 GPU, while supporting LPDDR3 RAM.

It will be interesting how the quad-core processors will evolve this year, providing that Samsung has already announced an octo-core chipset.

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