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This article was published on November 20, 2013


    Qualcomm announces new processor destined for smartphones and tablets that can handle 4K content

    Qualcomm announces new processor destined for smartphones and tablets that can handle 4K content Image by: David Becker
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    Chip maker Qualcomm has taken the wraps off its next generation mobile processors destined for smartphones and tablets, revealing that its next chip – and likely, your next phone – will happily handle playing back 4K quality TV, movie or gaming content.

    The Snapdragon 805 follows less than a year after the Snapdragon 800 was introduced and offers an improved Adreno 420 GPU for a claimed 40 percent increase in graphics processing power, and will support Ultra HD (4K) content either on-device or played back via an UltraHD TV, as well as being capable of capturing UltraHD content using the cameras in the devices,  Qualcomm said.

    Paired with a Krait CPU, which can be clocked at up to 2.5GHz per core, the Snapdragon 850 also brings support for new camera features like gyro integration to enable image stabilization.

    While there are no specific devices to speak of right now, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor range is frequently chosen by device makers to power devices. As such, we’d expect to see the first 805-based devices to start rolling out in the second half of next year.

    ➤ Qualcomm [Press release] via CNET

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