4K video, or “Ultra HD,” is going to be the standard in a few years thanks to increased availability of 4K displays. It might even become standardized even faster if Qualcomm has anything to say about it.
Qualcomm announced today a new SoC – the Snapdragon 805 – that’s meant to be the successor to its Snapdragon 800 CPU. The major focus of this new SoC is graphics processing thanks to it being equipped with the new Adreno 420 GPU which allow devices with the Snapdragon 805 to playback 4K video.
“Using a smartphone or tablet powered by Snapdragon 805 processor is like having an UltraHD home theater in your pocket, with 4K video, imaging and graphics, all built for mobile,” said Murthy Renduchintala, executive vice president, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and co-president, QCT. “We’re delivering the mobile industry’s first truly end-to-end Ultra HD solution, and coupled with our industry leading Gobi LTE modems and RF transceivers, streaming and watching content at 4K resolution will finally be possible.”
Beyond 4K video, the Snapdragon 805 will introduce a number of new features that will make Qualcomm’s latest chip one of the most powerful pieces of silicon to hit devices next year:
So, when can you expect to see the Snapdragon 805 in devices? Qualcomm says it’s currently in sampling which means you should start to see it pop up in mobile devices in the first half of 2014. We’ll hopefully see some demos of the new 805 in action at CES or Mobile World Congress early next year.[Image: Qualcomm]