Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon 800 has been the go-to processor for all the latest flagship Android devices, but today the company announced an updated model that puts its old quad-core chip to shame. The Snapdragon 805 offers faster speeds than its predecessor and even supports Ultra HD 4K video playback right on your mobile device.
The Snapdragon 805 clocks in at 2.5GHz per core and includes the new Adreno 420 GPU, which Qualcomm claims offers 40 percent more graphics processing power than the 800. The new processor offers improved memory bandwidth for better web browsing and content viewing, and promises to stream more video while using up less battery power than the previous model. The chip will also apparently improve your camera speed and image quality.
Qualcomm boasts that its new processor is the first to support mobile 4K video playback, offering the first “truly end-to-end Ultra HD solution” so you can shoot Ultra HD video on your smartphone and instantly watch it at full quality right on your device. That’s nice, but for now we’re not sure how useful it will be considering most phones don’t come with 4K cameras (though the Galaxy Note 3 does) or 4K displays. The Snapdragon 805 sounds like a solid step forward for Qualcomm, but it could be at least a year before anyone makes use of its most exciting feature. Thankfully, Samsung is said to already be working on 4K UHD mobile displays, though whether or not the human eye can tell a difference at that resolution is up to debate.