Qualcomm has introduced the next generation mobile processor that is the successor to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 – the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor. Qualcomm’s new process is aimed at delivering high-quality mobile video, hence the moniker ‘Ultra HD’. It brings Ultra HD (4K) resolution and also features the new Adreno 420 GPU, which brings up to 40 percent more graphics processing power.

Qualcomm says that its Snapdragon 805 processor is the first mobile processor that offers Ultra HD support, 4K video capture, playback and enhanced dual camera Image Signal Processors (ISPs). But the UltraHD video playback is not limited to tablets and smartphones as Smart TV units will also be able to make use of it. Networking gear is also target with Qualcomm’s new IPQ chip.


Qualcomm’s new 805 processor also comes with the 28nm Gobi MDM9x25 modem announced earlier this year, which means it will support LTE carrier aggregation and 150Mbps LTE 4. A new LTE modem will also enable manufacturers to bring up to 300Mbps download speeds via LTE advanced.  Also, the Krait 450 quad-core CPU is the first mobile CPU to run at speeds of up to 2.5 GHz per core, also bringing superior memory bandwidth support of up to 25.6 GB/second. Murthy Renduchintala, executive vice president and Qualcomm Technologies said the following:

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. 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.”

Here are the most important changes that you will seen in a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805-equipped device:

  • Super fast apps and web browsing and outstanding performance thanks to the Krait 450 quad-core CPU
  • Sharp user interface and games that support Ultra HD resolution thanks to the new Adreno 420 GPU
  • Fast mobile experiences thanks to the new Gobi LTE modem
  • Stream more high-quality video content using less power thanks to the hardware 4K HEVC (H.265) technology
  • Sharper, high-resphotos in low light and advanced post-processing features thanks to the Gpixel/s throughput camera support

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor is currently in sampling stage and is expected to be available in commercial devices by the first half of 2014. What do you think about this? Would you be interested in buying a smartphone or tablet with Qualcomm’s latest mobile processor inside?


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