The zippy Snapdragon 800 pushes pixels beautifully on gadgets like the Nexus 5 and the Kindle Fire HDX, but now there’s a new kid on the block. Qualcomm just announced its Snapdragon 805 complete with 4K powers, and it’s coming to devices starting next year.
The Snapdragon 805 has a quad-core Krait 450 CPU, and pushes each of those cores up to 2.5GHz, faster than any other Qualcomm chip ever. The 805 also has a new GPU, the Adreno 420, which Qualcomm claims is some 40 per cent faster than the 800. That should offer enough power that 805 devices — whether they’re phones or TVs — can handle system-level 4K resolutions, as well as 4K video capture and playback. 4K all day.
At the moment, the chips are just being tested out by device-makers, so there’s nothing official in the works yet, but Qualcomm says gadgets sporting the things should be turning up as soon as early 2014. Sounds great! Sounds great! Just, uh, don’t tell your battery. It’s having a hard enough time as it is. [Qualcomm via CNET]