There’s nothing official yet, but according to some details published on the Chinese network Weibo, Qualcomm is developing one of the first processors based on the new ARM Cortex-A73, presented at Computex 2016 in Taipei and able to guarantee 30% more performance and energy efficiency of its predecessor Cortex-A72, as well as twice the performance of the Cortex-A57. And if the specifications are confirmed, the new SoC should be an octa-core with four core ARM Cortex-A73 2GHz, four-core ARM Cortex-A53 1.4GHz and Adreno graphics from 550MHz.
The combination is not surprising, since ARM Cortex-A73 supports ARM big.LITTLE configuration with Cortex-A53 and Cortex-A35, while being designed with a manufacturing process to 10nm FinFET much smaller, more efficient core that preceded .
The chip should be marketed under the name of Qualcomm Snapdragon 653, but its model number will probably MSM8976 Pro. We know that will support LPDDR4 memory at 1333MHz, eMMC 5.1 storage, USB 3.0, LTE Cat 9, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1 and cameras with maximum resolution of 24 megapixels.
At first glance, Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 seems a more powerful version of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 652, already used on smartphones and tablets mid-range, but should have a clock speed (CPU) higher, greater support for LTE networks and a few other small improvements. But the biggest difference lies in the transition from the Cortex-A72 Cortex-A73 – according to allegations made by ARM months ago – should be able to handle games and VR and AR applications.
The first terminals equipped with Cortex-A73 and Mali-G71 should be ready for the first half of 2017, so we expect that the launch of the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 takes place at this time