It’s a question that’s kept Martin, Jan, Matt and I awake (in separate beds, I hasten to add) for weeks: What will the first Qualcomm Snapdragon 805-powered smartphone be?
One candidate was the Pantech Vega Iron 2 (brilliant name; brilliant), but seemingly it’ll have the scummy old (tongues in cheeks) Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 inside. BAH.
Playing the blame game, we’re rewinding back to March and pointing the finger at TechOrz (Google Translation), which said Pantech Vega Iron 2 specs would include the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805.
However, over on Korean-language site Ruliweb, a recent hands-on with the Pantech Vega Iron 2 reveals it’ll carry the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 - one step down from the elusive 805.
To be fair, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 is more than capable, and currently powers the Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z2, HTC One M8 and more.
Other Pantech Vega Iron 2 specs include a 5.3in 1080p display, 3GB of RAM, a removable 3,140mAh battery, “optional” fingerprint recognition (“sold separately” in some sort of case), and KitKat Android 4.4. Still sounds pretty sweet to me (on paper, at least).
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 was first unveiled waaaaay back in November 2013, but has yet to make an appearance.
Current front-runner is the LG G3, though – confusingly – it’s been rumoured to ship with anything down to the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (so says US network Sprint). Surely not, considering it’s pushing the boat out with a QHD display.
In any case, Qualcomm did promise it’d be “the first half of 2014”, so it shouldn’t be long till we meet the first Snapdragon 805 handsets.