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Qualcomm announces new Snapdragon 805 with even better graphic and 4K video capabilities

News by Andrew Kameka on Wednesday November 20, 2013.

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Qualcomm, makers of the Snapdragon processor that is commonly found in smartphones and tablets, has announced a version of its processor that its capable of improving graphics capabilities and even enabling 4K Ultra HD video recording and playback.

The newly announced Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 comes on the heels of the Snapdragon 800 that's presently used in the LG G2, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Google Nexus 5, and the Nokia Lumia 1520. The Snapdragon 805 has the capability of running up to 2.5 GHz, up from 2.3Ghz, and has an Adreno 420 GPU rather than a 330 model. Qualcomm raised the bandwidth to 25.6 Gbps, which should improve media consumption and web browsing.

The Adreno 420 GPU is also important because it has ?hardware tessellation and geometry shaders, for advanced 4K rendering, with even more realistic scenes and objects, visually stunning user interface, graphics and mobile gaming experiences at lower power.? While the Snapdragon 800 already supports 4K video recording, the 805 will enable playback. We've already highlighted why that won't make much difference for smartphones, but in larger tablets or other mobile devices, the higher quality might be more meaningful. On the plus side, the high-quality video streamed in HQV or H.2654 codecs offer high-quality video with "extremely low-power HD video playback" to reduce some of the battery drain on devices (resolution and screen will be the other contributing factors).

Qualcomm expects to have the Snapdragon 805 in commercial devices by the first half of 2014. Don't be surprised if your favorite smartphone released next year is just a little bit better at handling multimedia.

source: Qualcomm

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