We’re just getting used to seeing flagship devices with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor (Samsung Galaxy Note 3, LG G2 et al), but already its successor has been announced.
Meet the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 “Ultra HD” processor. It’s “like having an UltraHD home theater in your pocket,” says Qualcomm.
The accompanying Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 press release is chock full of stuff I understand, and stuff that – quite frankly – is way over my head, but in layman’s terms we’re looking at the “newest and highest performing Snapdragon processor to date”. Er, obviously.
The headline feature is 4K video playback i.e. not just 4K video capture, though clearly we’re laying the ground for the future here, most flagship-level devices sitting around 1080p at present. Do we need 4K on tiny screens? That’s entirely up to you.
We’re also promised “blazing fast” browsing and apps, with the Krait 450 quad-core CPU being the first mobile processor running at speeds of up to 2.5GHz per core.
Meanwhile, the new Adreno 420 GPU introduces support for hardware tessellation and geometry shaders. I never leave home without my geometry shaders.
Don’t fret if you’ve just embraced a top-of-the-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 device. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 is expected to be available in commercial devices “by the first half of 2014”, which probably means late Q2. Probably.
In the meantime, for loads more in the way of figures and fancy technical terms, hit the blue words above.