New Snapdragon 805 SoC Offers 4k and LTE-A Support
As expected something is brewing over at Qualcomm’s research facility and the company has just launched the Snapdragon 805 SoC. Judging from its name, the new hardware platform may sound like an incremental upgrade to Qualcomm’s current high-end mobile SoC, the Snapdragon 800. But, those with this assumption will be pleasantly disappointed.
The Snapdragon 805 is all about enhanced multimedia platform, with support for ultra HD or 4k videos. Its four Krait 405 cores can go until up to 2.5GHz and the rather fierce Adreno 420 GPU, allows quick encoding and decoding of 4k content without a hitch in real time. Another positive side effect would be very smooth gaming performance.
One significant photography-centric improvement is ISP (image signal processors) that for the first time makes it possible for device manufacturers to deliver gigabytes per second of throughput for much shorter interval between shots and better image quality. To provide first level OIS (image stabilization support) and there’s a more comprehensive support for sensor that’s until now, were the realm of custom-made platforms, such as Apple 64-bit A7 processor. If those enhancements are not enough for particularly demanding users, the Snapdragon 805 also supports Bluetooth 4.0 Low-Energy, WiFi ac and LTE-A with up to 150MBps of transfer rate.