Nov 20 AT 3:14 PM Dima Aryeh 10 Comments

Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 805, capable of streaming 4K video


The 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 is an absolute beast, dominating any task thrown at it. It’s undeniably fast, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want something better. To appease the spec lovers, Qualcomm has announced their newest mobile processor: The Snapdragon 805.

This new chip will run at an even higher 2.5 GHz and includes a new GPU, the Adreno 420. Qualcomm claims the GPU has up to 40% more graphics horsepower than the previous models, meaning it has some serious oomph. So much so, in fact, that it’s capable of outputting 4K video to an external display. This finally makes 4K video recording a bit more useful, though 4K displays are still quite uncommon.

The chip also includes a choice of new modems. The 28nm Gobi MDM9x25 supports 150Mbps LTE 4, while the 20nm Gobi MDM9x35 supports 300Mbps LTE Advanced. Both chips support all carrier aggregation band combinations. The chip is able to communicate with the memory at 25.6 gigabytes per second. And Qualcomm also included the ability to use the gyroscope for camera stabilization. All this in a package that uses less power.

It sounds fantastic overall, just like any new and better processor should. Don’t expect to see it very soon, though. Manufacturer sampling starts next year and finished devices are even further off. For now, the Snapdragon 800 will do just fine.

Source: Engadget

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things car and tech. His time is split between gaming and fixing his racecar. He also does photography in his spare time.

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  • SGB101

    The 4k output is nice, but only useful to a few, but I love the 4k recording, we won’t see the benifit now, but it will mean today’s family picture won’t look like crap in ten years time, blown up on 4 and 8k screens.

    We Are going to need some serious bandwidth to upload and space to store them.

  • mattcoz

    Gotta love(hate?) the speed of tech, I’ve had my Nexus 5 for two weeks and I’m already drooling over the next chipset. This is probably better suited for a tablet though, maybe sporting those 4K 12″ screens that were reported recently. Mmmm, 4K Nexus 12.

  • redraider133

    It will be interesting to see what devices this is in and how it performs in day to day usage. The snapdragon800 is already a beast and this improves upon that.

  • BFG

    nexus 6 with snapdragon 805?

  • donger

    Want it now.

  • Pravas

    I would love that but would like to see how it performs on a daily basis.

  • Broseph Stalin

    Adreno 420: High on performance.

  • E-man

    The specs sound amazing. I wonder how long the road until phones get 4k displays?