Will Snapdragon 805 Set off 4K Revolution?

The next-generation Snapdragon 805 processor made a lot of noise in the market when chipmaker Qualcomm first announced it last September -- and itEUs still making noise. The processor is entering into production and should appear in the next wave of mobile devices, such as the Galaxy S5 Prime and the HTC One M8 Prime. The sheer speed could make this a smartphone favorite.

The 805 promises to deliver high-quality mobile video, imaging and graphics experiences at Ultra HD (4K) resolution, both on devices and via Ultra HD TVs. The processor features the new Adreno 420 GPU, with up to 40 percent more graphics processing power than its predecessor.

EUUsing 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,EU said Murthy Renduchintala, executive vice president of Qualcomm Technologies Inc., and co-president of QCT. EUWeEUre delivering the mobile industryEUs 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.EU

Faster, Better, Smarter

We caught up with Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT, to get his take on the hype around the Snapdragon 805 processors. He told us, first off, that there is indeed a 4K revolution of sorts thatEUs bringing higher -- and higher -- graphics resolution to smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices.

That, in turn, he said, is driving innovative efforts across a wide array of media and gaming platforms, products and services.

EUQualcomm has long been at the forefront of these developments and the new 805 processor looks like a significant leap forward, delivering up to 20 percent lower power consumption and up to 40 percent higher performance than the previous generation Snapdragon...

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