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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 805: 2.5GHz Krait 450 CPUs, Adreno 420 GPU with 4K support

American mobile chip manufacturer Qualcomm announced a new high-end processor from its Snapdragon series, the 805. The updated chipset will better Snapdragon 800 in both graphical and computational capabilities. The quad-core Krait 450 CPU will reach speeds up to 2.5GHz and have a memory bandwidth of up to 25.6 GB/second (Snapdragon 800 manages “only” 14.9 GB/s).

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According to Qualcomm’s press release, the performace of Adreno 420 GPU was boosted by 40 percent, which isn’t only perfect for 4K mobile displays, but can also play Ultra HD contents on external display over a wireless connection. In addition, the GPU includes hardware tessellation and geometry shaders (typically found on high-end PC graphics cards), there’s also an improved 4K HEVC (H.265) hardware decoding for more efficient video playback. Improved gigapixel-per-second throughput for cameras and new low-power sensor processing tricks will enable “a wide range of sensor-enabled mobile experiences.”

We can expect to see Snapdragon 805 in action at CES 2014, Las Vegas, next January. After that, the first mobile devices carrying this chip might already hit the market.

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