Home Technology Qualcomm announces next-generation Snapdragon 805, capable of streaming 4K video

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The 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 is an absolute beast, the current king of smartphone processors. It’s insanely fast, but to appease the spec lovers, Qualcomm has announced their newest beast: The Snapdragon 805.

The new Snapdragon 805 features a Krait 450 quad-core CPU, where each core can run at up to 2.5GHz, along with the new Adreno 420 GPU. The GPU is claimed to have 40% more graphics horsepower than the previous models the Snapdragon 800. With Adreno 420 its capable of streaming 4K resolution video to an external display. Qualcomm also included the ability to use the gyroscope for camera stabilization

The chip also comes with two new modems choice. The Gobi MDM9x25 fabricated on  28nm architecture which supports 150Mbps LTE 4 and the 20nm Gobi MDM9x35 which supports 300Mbps LTE Advanced. The chip is capable of communicating with the memory at 25.6 gigabytes per second. And . All this in a package that uses less power.

“Using a smartphone or tablet powered by Snapdragon 805 processor is like having an UltraHD home theater in your pocket, with 4K video, imaging and graphics, all built for mobile, said Murthy Renduchintala, executive vice president, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and co-president, QCT. We’re delivering the mobile industry’s first truly end-to-end Ultra HD solution, and coupled with our industry leading Gobi LTE modems and RF transceivers, streaming and watching content at 4K resolution will finally be possible.”

On the paper this chip sounds like a beast but don’t expect it very soon, though. The Snapdragon 805 processor is sampling now and is expected to be available in commercial devices by the first half of 2014.


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