Snapdragon 805 (Adreno 420 GPU) video demos show what late 2014 Android devices will do

January 2, 2014
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Qualcomm has recently unveiled the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 flagship system-on-chip (SoC) that will equip various devices later this year, and the company showcased the powers of the new chip to a publication.

Engadget visited Qualcomm’s headquarters and was shown what the new SoC can do. Using a developer tablet packing a 2560 x 1440 display, the Snapdragon 805 CPU and new Adreno 420 GPU, dual cameras with 3D sensors and surround sound, the company has shown off several new features of its latest creations including camera apps, 3D rendering, graphics efficiency and 4K video playback (to see the four videos check out the Source link at the end of this post).

The Snapdragon 805 will come with support for advanced photo managing. The UbiFocus app will let users actively change the focus in pictures, no matter what camera was used to take them. Furthermore, the Optizoom app sharpens a particular area of an image, while Chromaflash enhances images by “fusing” flash and natural light.

When hooked up to a 3D display or monitor, the processor can make use of the Adreno 420 GPU – which offers 40% more graphics performance than its predecessor – and stream an impressive eight different feeds of 3D video, offering viewers “an ideal viewing experience no matter where” they are in the room.

The power of the Adreno 420 GPU is further detailed in a third video, which reveals that the GPU can offer support for hardware tessellation, or additional geometry that will significantly improve graphics. Qualcomm says that the Snapdragon 805 will be able to offer console-like performance in games, while remaining efficient when it comes to power consumption.

Finally, one other important feature of the Snapdragon 805 CPU is support for 4K video recording and playback. The processor offers hardware 4K HEVC (high efficiency video coding) support, which means it can “decode and stream high-quality video without using much power.”

At this point however, it’s too early to tell what will be the first Android devices to pack such a powerful mobile processor.

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