SoCs are the new GPUs for me, well, that is until a new GPU comes out and then I get all excited. All tech excites me, I feel like a kid at Christmas when some new exciting product is announced, and today, it's Qualcomm's announcement of the Snapdragon 805 SoC.
It feels like it came out of nowhere, and as soon as I saw the name, I thought "this can't be a huge step in performance because of its name," because it's so close to the Snapdragon 800 in name - 800, to 805 - to me, feels like a slight upgrade. But this, is not a slight upgrade. The new SoC is capable of driving 4K content thanks to its kick-ass new Adreno 420 GPU, and the new Krait 450 quad-core processor.
The Adreno 420 GPU itself has a huge 40% increase in graphics processing power, when compared to the Snapdragon 800. Then we have the new Gobi MDM9x25 modem, which is a treasure trove of network connectivity. First off, the new Govi modem is capable of delivering 150Mbps LTE streaming, and a massive 600Mbps over Wi-Fi.
The new Snapdragon 805 SoC is also the first that supports the new H.265 codec, which will usher in low-power HD video playback, which will be huge for online streaming of 4K content.
This new Qualcomm SoC has me excited for the world of mobile devices going into 2014, and I can't wait to deliver reviews based on this new SoC. Here I am thinking the Nexus 5 and its Snapdragon 800 SoC is great... but now this? Thanks for the early Christmas present, Qualcomm.