The first bits of news on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805…sexy stuff!
This is a 2.5GHz Quad core processor (for phones for those of you who aren’t aware), though as Linus on LinusTechTips pointed out on Friday, this is not the kind of processor you’ll find inside the PS4 and PC’s, Snapdragon processors are mobile processors, meaning they are used for small, portable devices such as mobile phones and tablets. However, do not let that detract away from the fact that this is extremely powerful and though it doesn’t have major overall processing improvements , it does have some things worth taking note of.
This CPU is the newest in the multi-threading master range from Qualcomm. This company is by far at the top of its league, completely dominating the mobile processor market which includes the likes of Nvidia, Samsung and TI; though these companies produce some top quality processors, they simply cannot top what Qualcomm push out the doors.
As the 805 is swiftly following the release of 800, we don’t expect to see products ship with this new CPU until the first few months of 2014, but fear not because when it comes, it will come with a bang!
The 805 comes with 4 Krait 450 cores, which are a minor upgrade from Krait 400 as they have the addition of 36 bit LPAE (Large Physical Address Extension) meaning that it can support above 4GB of memory, to think phones are going to have this in the coming months is just a crazy thought for me, portable technology is diving forwards in leaps in bounds!We can also expect Qualcomm to move to 64 bit around the end of 2014/early 2015. Yes, I know Apple already made the move to 64 bit, but for the computer illiterates out there, a bigger ‘bit’ number, does not mean its faster, it means it can address more memory and for Apple to make the move to 64 bit has caused problems for many app developers.
In addition to this, the 450’s also apparently push out an extra 200MHz meaning that a combination of four of them in the Sanpdragon 805 hits a crazy 2.5GHz along with much better power management of course.
The big difference however, is actually with the GPU, moving from Adreno 300 series to Adreno 400 series, the 420 to be exact. From this you will see is a massive graphical improvement as it has full profile OpenCL 1.2 and H.265 decode support, meaning we can start to see a possibility of 4k streaming without a massive increase in processing requirement.
This is what we could see in the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5.