CES 2013: Qualcomm promises 4K UHD devices in 2013

CES 2013: Qualcomm promises 4K UHD devices in 2013Yesterday I scribbled a bit about Qualcomm’s new naming convention, which tells us to prepare for the Snapdragon 200, 400, 600 and – best of all – 800.

Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs has been jawing a tad more about the Snapdragon 800, and reckons it’ll power devices with 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) support. Like, this year.

While many question the need for 1080p, certainly on smaller screens, Jacobs reckons we should in fact brace for 4K UHD. Sweet Moses.

Speaking to Pocket-lint, Jacobs reveals that there are 50 or more quad-core Snapdragon 800 devices pencilled in for the latter half of 2013, many of which (tablets, realistically) will have better-than-1080p displays.

"There are a lot of devices in the pipeline that use Snapdragon 800, so I guess I should say 'stay tuned'," Jacbos told the lintmen. "This year we'll start to see those devices."

Bolder still, Jacobs claims that the Snapdragon 800 will create a new breed of “premium” devices. “They’ll be right at the top,” screamed PJ.

Is it just us, or is smartphone and tablet technology getting a little ahead of itself? Coming next week: octo-core and 8K UHD devices.

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JanSt / MOD  Jan. 9, 2013 at 19:28

Cripes...he looks like Blair"s stunt double o_O

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 9, 2013 at 23:46

I don't see a need for 4K (or 1080p) on mobile devices, that doesn't mean I'm delusional enough to think that companies won't make them and market them as the next thing everyone "needs".

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 10, 2013 at 07:24


JanSt / MOD  Jan. 10, 2013 at 07:31

Oops PS: hardware companies will try and sell hardware based solutions for our 'needs' (they created). When these days content and software are way more important. That is why TV is in decline. Not because of the lack of "super HD"! It's the bullsh*t programming!
Why watch a scripted talkshow when you can hate at the celebs on Twitter? Why watch a 30 minutes news show, when during the commercial break you can find more relevant news on your phone? And you can share the pearls instantly with everyone...

That is why CES is so boring - it presents the inevitable, while we wanna be surprised by new services and applications.

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 10, 2013 at 09:27

Couldn't agree more in regards to TV programming. The only thing I ever watch is Top Gear, and that's only on for 6 weeks out of 52 and it's only on for an hour a week. Your point is still valid even there, though. If I wanted to actually find information on a car, 5 mins on the internet would likely be more informative than 10 years of Top Gear programming.

UHD is a sign, a sign companies are running out of new ideas. Nowadays it's all just: more, bigger, faster, smaller etc, there's nothing actually new coming out.


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