Snapdragon 805 developer tablet is a peek at tomorrow’s high-end devices

by: Bogdan PetrovanApril 4, 2014

Qualcomm’s new development platform based on the Snapdragon 805 packs some amazing features.

Manufactured by Intrinsyc, the Mobile Development Platform Tablet (MDP/T) is meant to offer app and game developers early access to the processor that will power most high-end Android devices coming in the second part of the year. To accommodate as many use cases as possible, the 10-inch tablet is packed to the gills with features, and some of them are quite exotic.

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Starting with the brains of the device, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor combines four mighty Krait 450 cores running at up to 2.7GHz each with an Adreno 420 GPU, the first mobile GPU to offer geometry shaders and hardware tessellation for amazing 3D graphics. There’s also a Hexagon QDSP6 V5A (600MHz) DSP chip to make sense of data from all the sensors, 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM, and 64GB eMMC 5.0 storage.

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To get to the really sexy stuff, the MDP/T comes with dual front 3D infrared cameras that can recognize gestures and a 13MP rear camera capable of recording 4K content. There are no fewer than seven microphones on the device, which can be used for surround sound recording and for another amazing trick – recognizing input from an ultrasound emitting stylus.

As you can briefly see in the video above at the 1:00 mark, Qualcomm’s Fluence Pro technology lets users write on any surface using a special stylus, and the movement of the tip of the stylus is accurately transmitted to the tablet in real time. The tech seems to be based on the work of Israeli company EPOS, which Qualcomm acquired back in 2012.

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The Snapdragon 805 development tablet also comes with a fingerprint scanner, hardware-based HEVC (H.265) video decoding, dual-band two stream Wi-Fi, and 7.1 channel playback speakers. The battery is a just 3,400 mAh, but that’s because the device is meant to be used on a desk, plugged in an AC source, rather than on the go.

Android OEMs probably won’t implement all of these features in their Snapdragon 805-based smartphones and tablets coming from this summer. But Qualcomm’s development platform does give us an idea of the performance and features of mobile devices six months from now.

If you’re a developer interested in developing for the Snapdragon 805, or if you just must have it, you can buy the Mobile Development Platform Tablet from Intrinsyc for $800, with shipping expected later this month.

  • Shark Bait

    sounds kick ass, Nexus 8 please!!

    • MasterMuffin

      Not even in your dreams. And Nexus 10, not Nexus 8, because that’s 10″ :)

      • Shark Bait

        Hey I can have dreams about having 8 inches if I want !

        • MasterMuffin

          Prepare for two bad jokes:

          “If you know what I mean” or “that’s what she said”

          • Jayfeather787

            I knew this was going to happen…

          • WestFiasco

            It happened sooner than i expected.

          • Jack Jennings

            That’s what she said.

          • MasterMuffin


          • Anonymousfella

            Best thread I’ve seen in a long time.

          • Gilles LeBlanc


          • MadCowOnAStick


          • thunderstrong

            “if you know what she said” am i doing it right?

        • poop

          hahahahahahahahahahahaha thats what she said

  • Mhmd Ahmd

    sounds kick ass, Nexus 8 please!!

  • Dave Weinstein

    I thought the 805 was supposed to be shipping to manufacturers in May. Isn’t it a bit late to be getting the dev platform out?

  • Roberto Tomás

    evrything except the aging ARMv7 processor looks awesome. did you see that pen ultrasound drawing segment? OMG

  • Tets

    I remember awhile back when the first Qualcomm developer tablet came out and it was between $1,000 and $1,200 (I can’t recall exactly). Now we have a kick ass tablet that is the same price as the 12″ Note Pro tablet (or cheaper if you could ever get your hands on the 64gb variant). That just goes to show that Samsung is pricing themselves out of the tablet competition. I still like Samsung phones but not their tablets. This thing is a beast but I bet with that battery you only get 90 minutes of use at best (which I understand because of the intention of this tablet). Very cool though!

    • Mike Reid

      I thought the first was $ 2-3,000 !

      $800 is very reasonable for such a kickass dev tablet. I might consider it, but wouldn’t be surprised if they sold out quickly.

  • Andrew T Roach

    2.7ghz? Come up with a new CPU architecture Qualcomm. Can only keep shrinking, adding cores and clock speed for so long. Krait has been re-re-rehashed in their latest iteration. Frankly the A7 is still much more advanced, and it was released quite some time ago.

    On the flip side their GPU’s are getting much more impressive and are on par with the daily performance of Imagination’s offerings. Kudos QC.

  • Joshua Hill

    Who says Qualcomm is the first with tessellation? Didn’t Nvidia demo tessellation on a mobile chip before Qualcomm?

    Qualcomm may be first to market, but they can’t claim that yet.

  • Mr james bunt

    Please LG , put this Snapdragon 805 chipset into the LG G3. Don’t use octa-core!