Qualcomm announces new Snapdragon 805 CPU. The road to Ultra HD smartphone displays is now open
Qualcomm has officially unveiled its newest high-end mobile processor, the Snapdragon 805. Touted as the world’s first mobile processor to come with system-level Ultra HD support, the Snapdragon 805 isn’t an eight-core solution, like MediaTek’s latest MT6589T. But it has four Krait 450 cores running at speeds up to 2.5GHz, and will enable hardware manufacturers to develop smartphones and tablets with 4K (3840 x 2160 pixels) displays. Including a brand new Adreno 420 GPU, which delivers up to 40 percent more graphics processing power, the chipset obviously also enables 4K video recording,
Qualcomm says that the Snapdragon 805 is sampling now, and should “be available in commercial devices by the first half of 2014.” It remains to be seen if we’ll have any 4K smartphones then.
In addition to announcing the Snapdragon 805, Qualcomm has revealed its fourth-generation 3G/LTE multimode solutions: the Qualcomm Gobi 9×35 modem chipset and the Qualcomm WTR3925 RF transceiver chip. Providing OEMs with “a powerful, single platform that can be used to launch LTE Advanced devices faster at a global scale,” these new chipsets “deliver up to 2X faster LTE Advanced, CAT 6 up to 300 Mbps, along with dual carrier HSUPA and dual band multi-carrier HSPA+.”
The Qualcomm Gobi 9×35 and Qualcomm WTR3925 will begin sampling to customers early next year.