Qualcomm is looking to bring faster LTE speeds to your device by incorporating Category 9 Carrier Aggregation connectivity into its upcoming Snapdragon 810 processors. A host of test equipment companies and commercial network testing have validated the Category 9 performance, with the Snapdragon 810 processor specifically showing a peak download speed of 450Mbps, 150Mbps up from the current LTE speeds. Also through this testing, the Snapdragon 810 has become the first processor to support Category 9 LTE capabilities. The modem will of course be backward compatible with the current tech such as GSM/EDGE and the more recent WCDMA/HSPA+.
Even discounting the addition of a modem with Cat. 9 LTE support, the Snapdragon 810 is truly a beast in performance. It consists of a 64-bit, octa-core processor with a powerful new Adreno 430 for graphics performance. On top of that, it has support for 4k displays and hardware based HEVC playback. To top it off, it will support Qualcomm’s new Quick Charge 2.0 technology. All these features will be ours to experience when the Snapdragon 810 is released sometime in 2015.
From what we have heard so far, the Snapdragon 810 processor will be the yardstick by which SoC’s will be measured come 2015 and faster LTE speeds is just the icing on the cake.