Rumor: First Snapdragon 805 devices to launch as soon as May

by: Chris SmithJanuary 9, 2014

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A new report indicates that the first devices packing Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 805 processor will be launched at some point in the first half of the year, earlier than anticipated.

The company has just recently announced its latest flagship mobile processor – see some of its very interesting features demoed on video here and here – saying that it will become broadly available in the first half of the year, without specifying any partners or actual device launch dates. However, Engadget recently reported that the processor will be available in devices only in the second half of the year, after visiting the company’s headquarters.

Now rbmen reports it has learned the processor will arrive as soon as May, which means that some of the flagship Android devices expected to debut in the first half of the year may include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 CPU after all.

Apparently a Qualcomm official told the publication at CES 2014 that the processor will be commercially available this spring. Naturally, we’ll advise you not to get your hopes up just yet, as we’re yet to see any phone or tablet maker officially announce devices running on a Snapdragon 805 CPU.


In case you’re interested in the differences between the Qualcomm’s most recent flagship mobile processors, check out the table above. Meanwhile, we’re going to get back to waiting for Samsung, HTC and Sony to unveil new high-end handsets for the first half of the year.

  • Jayfeather787

    I thought the Adreno 330 ran at 450 MHz on some phones. On the Nexus 5 it runs are 450. It said in wikipedia that there was also a variant with 550 MHz, so why would the Adreno 420 be 500 MHz?

    • Jacques Hragar

      Yeah most adreno 330 run at 450 but the note 3 and a few others run a 550. Clockspeed doesn’t matter even at a lower speed the 420 will smash the 330, due to architectural changes.

      • Jayfeather787

        ok thanks for clearing that up

    • George

      Clock speed doesn’t matter actually, many devices with Qualcomm SoC such as the S4 suffer from thermal throttling.
      For example max theoretical cpu speed is 1900mhz (more or less), when cpu reaches 70 degrees celsius (which it does fairly often), clock speed drops in order to make the cpu run cooler.
      Same goes for the gpu too.
      You’ll never ever use the advertised speed unfortunately, you’ll definitely need a good heatsink if you manage to find a way and do that…:P

      • Jayfeather787

        I raised my thermald so it would only throttle once it hit the temperature of the sun. Was that a good idea? :P
        Nah I am just kidding that was stupid but I never do anything that runs the CPU hotter than 50 degrees celcius

        • George

          Then you should be covered I suppose. :)

  • Balraj

    Mostly it would be oem pressure on Qualcomm…
    I believe only the top oem Will have a early lunch

    • apianist16

      I like early “lunches” myself. ;)

  • Jacques Hragar

    Whats armv7-a?

    • filaos

      The generic ISA version for ARM application processors (so S800 belongs to the same class : mistake in the article).

      From 1995, the ARM Architecture Reference Manual has been the primary source of documentation on the ARM processor architecture and instruction set, distinguishing interfaces that all ARM processors are required to support (such as instruction semantics) from implementation details that may vary. The architecture has evolved over time, and version 7 of the architecture, ARMv7, that defines the architecture for the first of the Cortex series of cores, defines three architecture “profiles”:

      A-profile, the “Application” profile: Cortex-A series
      R-profile, the “Real-time” profile: Cortex-R series
      M-profile, the “Microcontroller” profile: Cortex-M series

  • Tjaldid

    Well it doesn’t seem to be Sony or HTC according to rumors also because Sony now launches their devices as close to the announcement as possible which I’m guessing is at MWC so this will most likely be a Chinese or Nokia phone

  • Matevz

    Yup yup, that’s all good but i think battery needs focus in development and battery SoC’s that are less battery hungry. I don’t need 200extra herz’es, my Note 3 with 2.3Ghz runs flawlesy and like a man above me mentioned, we will never reach full CPU/GPU potential.. this is an overkill alreday… and so are 4K screens… 4K on 5-6 inches? No need.. Again, battery eating spech list. I like ideas of low consumption bluetooth 4.0 for less battery greedy headphones connection and stuff like that. I WANT GOOD BATTERY LIFE. 2 or 3 full days of heavy use… i would give my left hand for that (and i am a lefty)!

    • Jason Yuen

      4k on 5-6 inches may be far beyond the point of diminishing returns, but will actually become super useful when screen sizes go below 1 inch. That’s when you get to the glasses territory and projecting a virtual 4k 100 inch screen suddenly doesn’t look so sharp anymore.

  • rehashed

    meh! it’s still the same krait cores built on the same size transitors and the architectires changes to the 420 is meh! where are the new cores built based on the arm v8?

  • MrJigolo

    HTC One+ pls

  • Cal Rankin

    Hope that the new Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 will use this. I think that Google should add a higher-end CPU at least in the Nexus 10.

    Since the Nexus 10 wasn’t unveiled with KitKat, I am guessing that Google is moving the launch date to go with the Nexus 7, but instead of releasing one eight months after the other, like Apple, they are waiting longer so that they don’t anger customers and have to go through a tremendous exchange process.