New Snapdragon 805 SoCs may be in Smartphones as Soon as May

Snapdragon 805

Snapdragon 805

Last year, Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 805 SoC, and at the time it sounded like a pretty decent improvement from the Snapdragon 800. With a further focus on power efficient performance and GPU capabilities, on paper the Snapdragon 805 looked like a perfect match for this year’s flagships.

A new report suggests that the first lineup of devices to be equipped with the new Snapdragon 805 SoC could be available for purchase as early as May, which is a lot earlier than first predicted.

One rumor suggests that the Snapdragon 805 will be seen by the end of the first half, but another rather wonky rumor suggests that a Qualcomm official at CES 2014 has told visitors of their booth that

On top of being architecturally more advanced than its precursor, the Snapdragon 800 also has a wide range of new hardware capabilities, including new photo support for better image and video processing.

The Snapdragon 805 will also be able to support displays with a resolution up to 4K, which should help to match the new trends that many flagship manufacturers are aiming at achieving this year.

For those interested, the CPU in the Snapdragon 805 is a powerful 2.5GHz Krait 450, and the new 500MHz Adreno 420 GPU, which has been shown to be far superior to the Adreno 330 or 320 usually found within the Snapdragon 800.

It’s likely Samsung will go for their own chipset this year, so it will be interesting to see who actually routes for Qualcomm, despite the manufacturer being very efficient in the market. LG has been rumored to take their own route with their octa-core Odin processor.

The HTC flagship handset could possibly be equipped with the Snapdragon 805, but previous spec sheet leaks also seem to suggest otherwise. Perhaps the Snapdragon 805 will be kept for releases later in the year for the western market.



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