Qualcomm has officially announced that it will begin the shipping of its 8-core chips this year.

The first 8-core chip from Qualcomm will be a mid-range system on a chip called the Snapdragon 615 due out this summer.

Later in the year Qualcomm will unveil the Snapdragon 810 which will be a 64-bit processor. There will also be a 6-core variant called the Snapdragon 808 also running 64-bit architecture. The 810 and 808 will be made for high-end smartphones.

These processors will be manufactured by the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company using the latest 20nm process. This should mean greater speed and better power efficiency without raising the price of smartphones, industry sources claim.

It's tough to know what phones will be first to feature these new 64-bit chips since most companies have already released theirs for the year. We still have the LG G3, Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime (rumoured), the Galaxy Note 4, and iPhone 6. But since the Snapdragon 805 isn't even out until this summer and the 810 won't be seen until 2015, so the latter won't be found in those phones mentioned. 

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