Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 805 with Adreno 420 GPU

Qualcomm has announced today a
new generation Snapdragon 805
chipset with better 2.5GHz quad-
core processor and 4K graphics.
The Snapdragon 805 delivers 4K
display support in addition to the
4K video recording support, which
was already available on the
Snapdragon 800. More interestingly,
the new chipset features a brand
new Adreno 420 GPU, which has 40%
more processing power than the
previous generation Adreno 330
chips.
The latest Snapdragon 805 chipset
also comes with an improved quad-
core processor. The cores have a new
Krait 450 architecture and have a
maximum clock speed of 2.5GHz and
memory bandwidth of up to 25.6GB/
s. The Krait 450 is still a 32-bit
processor, so we guess there is one
more generation hardware to pass
before Qualcomm outs 64-bit
processor cores.
Qualcomm has also embedded a
completely new modem called Gobi
9x35. It's manufactured on a 20nm
process and is smaller, more power
efficient, and, of course, faster. It
supports LTE Category 4, dual-band
WiFi ac and even allows 4K video
streaming via Wi-Fi.
Finally the new Snapdragon 805
chipset incorporates a new
dedicated camera processor, which
will significantly increase camera
speed and might even help boost
image quality. It also uses the gyro
sensor to stabilize the captured
photos.
Qualcomm is ready to mass produce
the Snapdragon 805 chips and we
should see them in commercial
devices in the first half of next year
(the first ones will probably debut at
CES in January and MWC in February)
.
The Snapdragon 805 seems like a
decent upgrade over the Snapdragon
800, but we are yet to see if it will
be able to dominate the competition
the way its predecessor did.

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