Octacore mobile chips are usually the preserve of flagship phones and tablets, but Qualcomm
is aiming to bring an abundance of cores to the midrange with its new Snapdragon 610 and 615 processors. Revealed at MWC 2014
today, the new processors include Cat4 LTE modems, dual-SIM/dual active (DSDA), and 64-bit support, with the Snapdragon 615 packing eight ARMv8 cores, while the 610 includes four. While you might think more cores means more power consumption, Qualcomm is arguing that actually the opposite is true.