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Qualcomm’s extremely fast Snapdragon 800 chip to begin mass production in May, enables 4K video playback on phones and tablets

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Android’s current cream of the crop in terms of performance consists of the HTC One, the LG Optimus G, the Sony Xperia Z and of course, the Samsung Galaxy S4. All four phones (or at least a variant of it) have Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 chip for its processor, and it looks like the next-generation of that combination is starting to take shape.

In an event in Beijing, Qualcomm announced that the Snapdragon 600’s successor, the quad-core Snapdragon 800, will begin mass production in late May. The Snapdragon uses the Krait 400 architecture, with the ability to maintain a clock speed of 2.3GHz without sacrificing too much battery life and promises a 75% performance increase over the already-very-fast Snapdragon S4 Pro. The Adreno 330 GPU is also in the chip, so graphics performance will also be getting a big boost. Also, the Adreno 330 GPU supports playback of 4K-resolution video at 30fps, so your future phone will theoretically be capable of outputting ultra high definition video to your TV screen — if your television supports it, of course.

According to TechRadar, the very first phone to have a Snapdragon 800 might be the rumored LG Optimus G2. But whatever phones end up getting the Snapdragon 800 to power it, expect them sometime later this year.

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