It was only recently that ARM announced its newest and most powerful CPU yet – Cortex-A72. Within just days of the official announcement, new rumors on the first Cortex-A72 based chipset have already showed up. According to a new rumor from China, the upcoming Qualcomm 620 and 618 SoCs will be among the first to use the latest ARM Cortex-A72 architecture.
The leak spills the beans on Qualcomm’s upcoming MSM8956/76 chips that will be based on Cortex-A72. The MSM8976 will be part of the Snapdragon 620 series of SoCs and will come with eight processing cores. Four of those will be based on Cortex-A72 (codenamed Maia), while the rest of the four will be based on the Cortex-A53 architecture. The MSM8956 on the other hand is expected to be part of the Snapdragon 618 family and will be a hexa-core chipset with two Cortex-A72 cores and four Cortex-A53 cores. In both the chips, the Cortex-A72 cluster will be clocked at 1.8GHz while the Cortex-A53 cluster will be clocked at a lower 1.2GHz.
The new SoCs will also apparently include the all new-Adreno 510 GPU, which is the first of the Adreno 5XX series GPUs to have leaked. It is supposedly capable of handling displays of up to 2560 x 1600 resolution at 60 frames per second. So while the naming scheme suggests these new Snapdragon chipsets will be geared towards mid-range smartphones, the specifications suggest these new chips will still be powerful beasts when it comes to performance. The SoCs will also support 4K video encoding and decoding at up to 30 fps.
These new Snapdragon chips no doubt sound very impressive, but we do suggest you take this information with a pinch of salt. The latest info seems to contradict the earlier rumors regarding the Snapdragon 620 and other chips slated to release this year. We aren’t very hopeful of seeing Cortex-A72 based chipsets to release until the second quarter of 2016.