Qualcomms SnapDragon 810 Chip Could mean a 4K Revolution for Mobile Devices
by Stephan Jukic – August 7th, 2014
Particularly lower end devices, which could end up with features previously undreamed of in low cost tablets and smart phones. The Snapdragon 810 Chip from Qualcomm is a powerful new piece of processing technology that the chip making giant is now developing for the wider tablet and phone market.
And thanks to this new chip, what we can possibly expect with low cost tablets and phones is a revolution in better graphics, computing, wireless features and contextual awareness.
Of particular interest are the 4K video related graphic and data processing improvements that the Snapdragon could bring to various devices.
Qualcomm is planting the seeds of these now capacities in all sorts of mobile device models by developing its much anticipated chip with all sorts of new wireless connectivity, computing, sensory and graphics features, and then loading it into mobile device models from a number of companies, according to Qualcomm’s vice president of product management Keith Kressin.
The company’s ultimate goal is to make our mobile machines more intelligent, with better awareness of their location and surroundings.
The Snapdragon 810 64 bit chip is the flagship technology of this effort and is also the fastest processor the company currently has on the verge of release. It comes with low-power DDR memory, multigigabit WiGig wireless data transfer capacity, multicarrier LTE aggregation and an extremely powerful new graphics engine, which has the biggest relevance to the growing 4K future of mobile devices.
These new technologies, working in tandem, will pave the way for the widespread adoption of diverse 4K technology in mobile devices, allowing them to become 4K video powerhouses of video creation, upload and download.
Devices with the 810 chip should start to appear on the market by early 2015 and will have the ability to shoot, process and store or even wirelessly transmit 4K videos to all sorts of external displays. Thanks to the processor’s WiGig technology, close proximity transfer speeds of up to 7 Gbps will be possible and this is more than enough for 4K videos of any size to be wirelessly moved from a Snapdragon enabled mobile device to an Ultra HD TV or PC.
The built-in WiGig technology is much faster than normal WiFi and could also spell the end of currently necessary HDMI 2.0 ports for transferring heavy data loads such as 4K between different devices.
Even more excitingly, the Snapdragon 810 should allow users to shoot video at 4K and even beyond thanks to the 810’s support for a maximum of 55 megapixels.
Finally, two more 4K related features are looking very promising for the technology’s development in smart phones and tablets. These are the 810’s facilitation of 4k screen resolution in future mobile devices, thanks to its powerful internal graphics card and the chip’s new Low-Power DDR memory technology, which should heavily reduce the massive battery drainage that’s a big problem with 4K shooting in even the latest Ultra HD enabled smart phones and tablets.
So far, Qualcomm’s claims sound plausible but in order to see just how much of their promotion of the Snapdragon 810 is real instead of hype, we’ll have to wait and see.
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