2.5GHz Krait 450 CPUs paired with new, Ultra HD-capable ​Adreno 420 GPU

Mobile chip giant Qualcomm has just announced its new high-end processor, the Snapdragon 805. Superseding the current Snapdragon 800, the 805 ups the ante in terms of both graphical and computational capabilities. The new processor includes a quad-core Krait 450 CPU with speeds of up to 2.5GHz and memory bandwidth of up to 25.6 GB/second (compared to 14.9 GB/s on the current Snapdragon 800).

The new Adreno 420 GPU boasts 40 percent more graphical horsepower, according to Qualcomm's press release, enabling 4K displays on devices as well as the ability to drive Ultra HD content on an external display over a wireless connection. Other highlights for the new GPU include hardware tessellation and geometry shaders — features typically found on high-end PC graphics cards — and hardware 4K HEVC (H.265) decoding for more efficient video playback.

Qualcomm also boasts new tricks for gigapixel-per-second throughput for cameras, along with new low-power sensor processing tricks it says will enable "a wide range of sensor-enabled mobile experiences."

The company says its new chips will begin shipping in devices during the first half of 2014, so there's a chance we might see more at CES 2014 in Las Vegas next January.

Press Release

Qualcomm Technologies Announces Next Generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 "Ultra HD" Processor

—Mobile Technology Leader Announces its Highest Performance Processor Designed to Deliver the Highest Quality Mobile Video, Camera and Graphics to Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Tier —

NEW YORK, Nov. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., introduced the next generation mobile processor of the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800 tier, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, which is designed to deliver the highest-quality mobile video, imaging and graphics experiences at Ultra HD (4K) resolution, both on device and via Ultra HD TVs. Featuring the new Adreno 420 GPU, with up to 40 percent more graphics processing power than its predecessor, the Snapdragon 805 processor is the first mobile processor to offer system-level Ultra HD support, 4K video capture and playback and enhanced dual camera Image Signal Processors (ISPs), for superior performance, multitasking, power efficiency and mobile user experiences.

The Snapdragon 805 processor is Qualcomm Technologies' newest and highest performing Snapdragon processor to date, featuring:

Blazing fast apps and web browsing and outstanding performance: Krait 450 quad-core CPU, the first mobile CPU to run at speeds of up to 2.5 GHz per core, plus superior memory bandwidth support of up to 25.6 GB/second that is designed to provide unprecedented multimedia and web browsing performance.

Smooth, sharp user interface and games support Ultra HD resolution: The mobile industry's first end-to-end Ultra HD solution with on-device display concurrent with output to HDTV; features Qualcomm Technologies' new Adreno 420 GPU, which introduces support for 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.

Fast, seamless connected mobile experiences: Custom, efficient integration with either the Qualcomm® Gobi™ MDM9x25 or the Gobi MDM9x35 modem, powering superior seamless connected mobile experiences. The Gobi MDM9x25 chipset announced in February 2013 has seen significant adoption as the first embedded, mobile computing solution to support LTE carrier aggregation and LTE Category 4 with superior peak data rates of up to 150Mbps. Additionally, Qualcomm's most advanced Wi-Fi for mobile, 2-stream dual-band Qualcomm® VIVE™ 802.11ac, enables wireless 4K video streaming and other media-intensive applications. With a low-power PCIe interface to the QCA6174, tablets and high-end smartphones can take advantage of faster mobile Wi-Fi performance (over 600 Mbps), extended operating range and concurrent Bluetooth connections, with minimal impact on battery life.

Ability to stream more video content at higher quality using less power: Support for Hollywood Quality Video (HQV) for video post processing, first to introduce hardware 4K HEVC (H.265) decode for mobile for extremely low-power HD video playback.

Sharper, higher resolution photos in low light and advanced post-processing features: First Gpixel/s throughput camera support in a mobile processor designed for a significant increase in camera speed and imaging quality. Sensor processing with gyro integration enables image stabilization for sharper, crisper photos. Qualcomm Technologies is the first to announce a mobile processor with advanced, low-power, integrated sensor processing, enabled by its custom DSP, designed to deliver a wide range of sensor-enabled mobile experiences.

"Using a smartphone or tablet powered by Snapdragon 805 processor is like having an UltraHD home theater in your pocket, with 4K video, imaging and graphics, all built for mobile," said Murthy Renduchintala, executive vice president, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and co-president, QCT. "We're delivering the mobile industry's first truly end-to-end Ultra HD solution, and coupled with our industry leading Gobi LTE modems and RF transceivers, streaming and watching content at 4K resolution will finally be possible."

The Snapdragon 805 processor is sampling now and expected to be available in commercial devices by the first half of 2014.


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Qualcomm goes 4K with new Snapdragon 805 processors


In all honesty this means nothing today. Qualcomm has done a wonderful job providing excellent SOC in today's top of the line products.

Nothing releasing before June will have this processor because most manufacturers are still playing MAJOR catch up.

That Snapdragon 800 hasn't even made it into any Htc, Motorola, Huawei, devices so the expected Htc M8 will have the Snapdragon 800 clocked at 2.3 ghz.

After June 2014 will see this new processor.

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Well, that's depressing. But that's expected with technology. On the other hand, I'd rather have a 4K HDTV than a 4K phone.

Because when the 805 is released It sends a signal to all 800 devices and makes them run at half speed to force consumers to upgrade. Phahaha at least I made myself laugh.

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It's hard not to be impressed with the seemingly breakneck speed mobile hardware evolves

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This is interesting. I wonder how much faster the technology would evolve if they didn't have to make money each step of the way. Are we seeing and using the technology as it evolves or do they have much more than this stored away in a secret lab that they trickle out in order to make money on it.

I'm betting they do. They release a few devices with each one and it's on to the next processor

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Good point like they already have 2016's chips sitting in a vault lol and their simultaneously working in 2017,2018,2019,2020 lol

I'm sure they have technology developed that's 10 times as powerful but it would probably cost so much to make that hardly any consumer would be able to afford it. I think these advances we see aren't just "screen resolution" and whatnot but the ability and capability to
produce these screens and CPUs at a cheaper cost. There may be a high demand for 4k screens but they, the manufacturers, may not be able to sell them as low as we're willing to pay.
Sorry, if that was too long

How in the world can you do 4K over wireless???
1080p has enough issues over dual stream wifi :-P

Another question is why do 4K when the bandwidth isn't even high enough to do uncompressed 1080P. Even on broadcast television if there is a scene with a lot of motion the picture breaks up due to compression.

I say we're ready for 4K when we have means to transmit and consume 1080P video that is uncompressed or compressed low enough so that no discernible compression effects can be noticed. We're not there yet.

You will never see the day they stream uncompressed 1080p, even if they could. Everything gets compressed.

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Yeah...but they could compress it minimally so that artifacts are not visible at reasonable viewing distances. Blu-Ray bit rates do this pretty well. Mobile devices aren't yet to this level so a 4K display would be overkill at this point.

If you are asking how the wifi could handle that speed, it's because it's using the wifi ac standard which has speeds theoretically up to 2gbps but the only implemented speed they could achieve with this SoC is 600mbps which is sufficient for 4k video. And if you're internet isn't fast enough to stream 4k video off the internet you can always play back local files off the home network

1 you don't understand ARM processing. You can't compare them to pc.

2. Intel and AMD have been releasing 3.4 - 4.2 GHZ CPUs for like 2 years now.

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Does this mean devices running on this processor have to be held with paper towels all the time due to overheating?

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Specs mean nothing if apps aren't utilizing them. I feel like a lot of things need to happen before these high tech processors really make a splash. Right now if there was an app that would really utilize the high end CPUs, it would drain the battery in seconds

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Agreed. Can't count how many people have contested the awesomeness of Moto X touchless controls by saying the S800 processor also has the ability to be always listening even when the phone is off. Yet not one phone uses it yet.

Not that we want to stifle innovation, but people just want to have the higher number or the highest specs, when it seems like the software optimization makes a much bigger difference.

The Note 3 does use it. It only works with S-Voice and doesn't give the feedback out loud but it's there

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You have to have the hardware first. Who would use an app that is 2 years ahead of the hardware that can run it?


Its quite interesting how fast tech is moving-Star-Trek, Starwars maybe teleportation will be possible oh and a time machine :-)

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Did they forget about improving battery tech? And by they I'm not referring to Qualcomm, I'm referring to the industry as a whole. I mean when will we get bigger batteries that will give us at least a full day with heavy usage on these high end phones without needing these fat extended batteries. We really need battery improvement to finally become a priority. Anything faster than what we have now isn't very necessary TBH and can be slowed down just a bit.

G2, z1, Z ultra, note 2 and 3, one max. 3000 is the new standard for flagships.

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You forgot about the daddies of all long lasting phones, the Moto Maxx.

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They need to upgrade battery tech. We have been using Li-Ion for almost 20 years. Need more efficient batteries, not larger, but larger will do for now.

Just enjoy your phone dude lol.
I have an S4 and I wouldn't trade it for any of the SD800-having phones...

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I think Qualcomm is ahead of the curve here. For 90% of cell phone users using phones made in the last 2 years, processor speed is probably one of the best parts of their phone. What sucks is carrier speed, data caps, and battery life. My GS3 was still going strong on the processor but I felt capped by speed, data, and battery life all limiting what I did with my phone. That said I did just jump to the Note 3 last week and at least it fixed the battery life. It is also noticeably faster but the processing speed of my GS3 never pissed me off much. If you tried playing Riptide on the GS3 your battery went from 75% to 25% by the time you were done. Who cares about better graphics when I can't play the game because my phone is dead.

Love seeing how the specs keep improving year over year.

However, I thought that this year's new processors were supposed to bring in huge improvements to the camera functionality, same as what the 805 is claiming, but it seems (based on reviews) that camera functionality this year didn't live up to the hype / expectations?

Hopefully we'll see some stellar improvements in 2014.

I'm glad I didn't upgrade this year!


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I wish they would just stick with Qualcomm. I would much rather have the Snapdragon 800 in my new Note 10.1 so its performance might be on par with my Note 3.

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its really not though, think of a conveyor belt moving sand, the faster it moves the shorter amount of time the sand takes to get from point A to point B even if the conveyor belt is not completely loaded full, 2.5 Ghz still gets any amount of sand across faster than 2.3 Ghz. Also, take into account that with the old SD800, amazon had to use double adreno GPUs just to push 4 million pixels on the display of the new kindle, when 4k is double that resolution at 8 million pixels, this upgrade was definitely needed.

I'd definitely upgrade if the upcoming M8 uses this processor.

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Not Even 2 Weeks..
And the "Geek Special" Nexus 5 is Dust..
INCREDIBLE specs Qualcomm.. especially the GPu..
The Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC & LG spring lineup are going to be something to behold.
Especially if this OLED Flex Screen Tech comes with these new "King of the Hill" Chips..
60 days for the Note 3 and 2 weeks for the Nexus 5 and they are already a Generation behind.. Your just Sick Qualcomm..:)

*The King Is Dead.. Long Live The King!*

I think the first phone to have this will be sometime during the summer next year. S5 and One come out in Q1 and 2
They're not a generation behind because there won't be a phone with this processor until around the end of Q2 or beginning of Q3 next year...
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You just went full retard. Nothing will have this chipset until well into 2014, and as always, the Q4 2014 will have even better processors than this 805. Such is the way of technology.

Hey Boy..
The company says its new chips will begin shipping in devices during the first half of 2014, so there's a chance we might see more at CES 2014 in Las Vegas next January.

Read Boy.... Read..

The Chips are done.... The Testing Now Begins.. Samples Go Out.. Samsung, HTC, LG, Display The New Products WITH Snapdragon 805 Chips IN 60 DAYS..

The Nexus 5 & Note 3 just became "Old News".. They were great in their day.. But 2014 and NEW Tech are on the way..


Go Back Home.

Lol.. I think they should skip the small .bumps and go to the next step directly. Like skip 2.8 and go to 3GHz. btw if the phone doesn't use all this power then what's the point? I hope the next HTC Max phone has this. :)

Bring on the Sony Xperia Z2, then!

Given the current rumours and the fact that Sony is also pushing 4K television sets, I wouldn't be surprised if the Z2 ended up bringing this new SD805 instead of the SD800. It would make nothing but sense.

I hope Motorola builds a custom chip off this that gets rid of the silly stuff like 4K, and uses the free cores to do things like make me a flatbread pizza.

Another money milking improvement that users and developers will underutilise. This is an overkill plus technology ain't ready yet for this. Two questions Qualcomm need to answer.
1) Would this improve or hamper battery life?
2) How would it improve overall performance?

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Why get rid of the horse and buggy? It's overkill for most people to have a car. We can't utilize is top speed, cargo capacity etc.


It may seem to appear pointless but we are yet to see how its used, and as its not been used yet how can we judge?

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The extended performence in chipsets is one amongst many advancements in tech that im excited about, needless to say companies like Samsung, Apple, Htc, Lg although i have just read an article that is saying they are going to focus more on the t.v side of things hmm how much truth us in that who knows,, Motorola, ect ect are looking into other aspects such ad batteries, screens, and iris scanning tech (Samsung).

Its going to take alot of pulling together and that includes developers obviously, but i for one like the idea of faster proccesors, better battery tech, screen resolution, 4k many arguments is that needed on a phone and how much will that tech have in running power hmm im still on the fence on that one.

All i know is next year will no doupt have many heads in a spin lol

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EXCELLENT Timing ... Qualcomm... as you can see you dropped Nerd Boys with One Punch..Oh Snap! My 800 chip was dumped at the alter!
I Love It..:-)

Why do we need a 4K phone again? Give me a 4K home theater or something, not a phone! 1080p on a phone is already good enough, if not overkill...

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Honestly - this chip is not that great.

Yes, 40 percent more GPU power and things like new video codecs.

But where is the CPU power? We are used to 2X CPU power every 12 month.

If this is the successor of the 600 (and the timing says it is) - this thing is a disappointment...

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