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


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.

[via TechRadar]

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