2.5Ghz Ultra HD Snapdragon 805 mobile processor announced

NEW YORK – November 20, 2013: It’s raining mobile processors today! Just after Mediatek launched the 8 core 2 Ghz processor, Qualcomm announced it’s Snapdragon 805 mobile processor, that has support for Ultra HD resolution (4K) for mobile as well as television devices.

This processor runs the graphics on the Adreno 420 GPU and this press release by Qualcomm says that it has 40% more power than it’s predecessor. It features the hardware 4K HEVC (H.265) decode for mobile for extremely low-power HD video playback.

The official press release stated:

Sharper, higher resolution photos in low light and advanced post-processing features: First Gpixel/s throughput camera support in a mobile processor designed for a significant increase in camera speed and imaging quality. Sensor processing with gyro integration enables image stabilization for sharper, crisper photos. Qualcomm Technologies is the first to announce a mobile processor with advanced, low-power, integrated sensor processing, enabled by its custom DSP, designed to deliver a wide range of sensor-enabled mobile experiences. “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.”

The most notable features of the Snapdragon 805:

  • 20 nm HPm (high performance mobile) fab CMOS semiconductor tech
  • Level 1 cache per Core: 16KiB data cache / 16 KiB instruction cache — Level 2 cache per Core: 2048 KiB
  • 4K UHD video capture & play
  • Dual camera image signal processor
  • Kriat 450 quad core cpu @ 2.5 Ghz
  • Adreno 420 GPU
  • 25.6 GB/S memory bandwidth
  • gpsOneGen 8B with GLONASS
  • USB 3.0.

Once the processor is in production and we get to see the first devices, it would be possible to state what kind of performance we can expect from the theoretical technologies and specifications it brings along with it. For now, the innovative feature list seems impressive. Going with the 4 core design, Qualcomm seems to have added a real good feature in including the hollywood quality video (HQV) post processing system, the H.265 codec should reduce power for what users love to do with their phones- watch videos! If you can watch videos for a long time on a lightweight phone which does not have to carry a big battery to run a marathon, nothing like it!

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