Mar 7, 2016
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The Snapdragon™ 820 processor has been getting a lot of ink lately, mostly for off-the-charts performance on the AnTuTu benchmark. Respectable scores used to be around 100,000, but the Mobile Development Platform Smartphone (MDP/S) based on the Qualcomm® Snapdragon 820 has raised that bar with scores consistently above 130,000.
Before you even have the time to ask, “How can I get my hands on that kind of speed for testing and development?” order your own MDP. Intrinsyc has built the Snapdragon 820 into both smartphone (MDP/S) and tablet (MDP/T) form factors to give you early access to the power and features you’ll be seeing in commercial devices soon.
Mobile Development Platform Smartphone (MDP/S)
The MDP/S is designed around a 6.2-inch Quad HD display (490 pixels per inch), with up to 2560×1600 QHD resolution. It’s ideal for game and multimedia development.
The device takes mobile security to a new level by combining ultrasound with 3D fingerprint authentication. Snapdragon Sense™ ID can penetrate the outer layers of skin and read in three dimensions – including fingerprint ridges and pores – to detect details that elude capacitive fingerprint technologies.
Mobile Development Platform Tablet (MDP/T)
The tablet is one of the first to include 802.11ad Wi-Fi, which makes multi-gigabit Wi-Fi speeds possible over line of sight. That level of connectivity means you can not only record and play back 4K video, but you can also stream it on a mobile device. When you run your product demos through a wireless access point in the same room, you’ll see remarkable speed and responsiveness.
Like previous MDP/Ts, the 820 includes a 4K/UHD display, which remains rare for a tablet. The 820 MDP/T is capable of displaying per-rail power with supported software.
Snapdragon 820 Features
The Snapdragon 820 offers extremely high performance with low power consumption, and the best part of both MDPs is the feature set common to both:
- Qualcomm Kryo™ CPU
- Qualcomm Adreno™ 530 GPU
- Qualcomm Hexagon™ 680 DSP, including Hexagon Vector Extensions (HVX) designed to offload CPU-intensive tasks like video processing, computer vision, virtual reality and augmented reality
- Multi-user MIMO Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac) to accommodate multiple users on the same access point without affecting one another
- Hardware-based Ultra HD 4K H.264 (AVC) and H.265 (HEVC) video capture and playback
- 21-megapixel rear camera and 13-megapixel front camera
- Sensors you can build cool apps around, including light, temperature, pressure, gesture and now heart rate
These features take advantage of technologies that will soon be second nature to consumers, so the MDPs are your chance to start developing around them now.
Early access to the next wave of devices is your inside lane with the handset manufacturers that will be taking them to market. Let us know what you need to make the most of the MDPs based on the Snapdragon 820 processor.