If you’ve been keeping an eye on the major smartphone releases this year, you’ll know the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor has been inside many of them. The list includes the Nexus 5, the Sony Xperia Z1, and the Galaxy Note 3. Samsung even went back and revised the Galaxy S4 to include a Snapdragon 800 in some markets.
So, it’s safe to say the processor is popular. Qualcomm hasn’t sat back and watched its chip take over the mobile market, as it has come up with a new version with a few enhancements. It’s called the Snapdragon 805, and if it’s even better than the 800, we should be seeing it in many of 2014’s top-end smartphones.
According to the official press release, the Snapdragon 805 can now run at 2.5GHz, up from just under 2.3GHz for the 800, plus it has a brand-new graphics processor named the Adreno 420. This should offer 40 percent more graphics processing power over the Adreno 330 used with the Snapdragon 800.
That’s not all, as it has a brand new modem built-in, full 4G LTE support, dual-band Wi-Fi, 4K high resolution video streaming, and and improved support for the camera. Qualcomm promises sharper pictures, new image stabilization system, and better low light images.
Qualcomm says it’s testing the Snapdragon 805 now, and that it’ll start to show up in smartphones during the first half of 2014. February’s Mobile World Congress could be the place where manufacturers decide to show off the first examples, so watch out for it then.