We recently invited some of the industry's top bloggers and analysts to San Francisco for an up-close and hands-on experience with our new Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 805 processor. Since the initial announcement of the "Ultra HD Processor" back in November 2013, this was the first time the Snapdragon 805 was revealed in a device to the public.
The day began with a series of presentations from Qualcomm Technologies with a focus on the new high-end features, particularly the graphics and camera capabilities. Take a look at this video comparing the 4K video of the Snapdragon 800 processor powered Samsung GALAXY Note 3 versus a $3,500 DSLR.
This qualitative and visual camera comparison highlights that a decade-and-a-half old workstation benchmark and calculating Pi just cannot reflect the user experience of your smartphone. Next up, top technology analyst Patrick Moorhead led a panel discussing this transition with benchmark makers and testers. In attendance were the founders and CEOs of 3DMark, GFXBench, Basemark, and AnandTech to weigh in on the evolution of benchmarks.
Next all participants were shown the demos of the new capabilities unleashed by the Snapdragon 805 processor, including 4K video and user interfaces, the speeds achievable by Qualcomm Gobi™ 9x35 modem with Cat 6 LTE, and even the usages with our ultrasound pen. Take a look at CNET's walkthrough of the demo floor, in "6 Cool Things Your Next Snapdragon 805 Phone or Tablet Could Do" and see some of the features in action on this Snapdragon 805 mobile development platform demo:
After the feature demonstrations, it was time to measure the horsepower of the Snapdragon 805. This is where the Adreno 420 GPU stole the show. AnandTech said, "the Snapdragon 805 SoC is a beast," CNET's title boasted "The Snapdragon 805 Handily Bests the Competition," and SlashGear noted, "it's shaping up to be a vastly powerful graphics cruncher."
After a day of gorgeous demos and chart-topping graphics benchmarks, Daniel Howley at Laptop Magazine said, "the prospect of console quality graphics and native 4K content have us salivating for this CPU to hit the street." For everyone else itching to get the latest and greatest Snapdragon processor powered device, stay tuned to Snapdragon.com for updates.