Qualcomm adding 4K resolution support in to the Snapdragon line

Are you ready for the next step in mobile devices? Qualcomm think so, and that’s why it has revealed a new processor, the Snapdragon 805, that adds support for 4K displays.


Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs at CES 2013

Aimed at mobile devices and 4K UltraHD TVs, the chip has been designed to deliver “the highest-quality mobile video imaging and graphics experiences.” It’s also Qualcomm’s highest performing chip thus far.

That’s not all that’s been shown off. The Gobi 9x35 is Qualcomm’s fourth generation, 4G LTE modem, as well as offering 3G and other wireless technologies. The final reveal is of the WTR3925, a new RF transceiver chip. According to Qualcomm, both these chips offer “significant improvements in performance, power consumption, and printed circuit board area requirements.” Through a press release, Murthy Renduchintala, executive vice president of Qualcomm Technologies has said:

Using a smartphone or tablet powered by Snapdragon 805 processor is like having an UltraHD home theater in your pocket, with 4K video, imaging, and graphics, all built for mobile. Coupled with our industry leading Gobi LTE modems and RF transceivers, streaming and watching content at 4K resolution will finally be possible.

While these are good, but expected, strides forward in the ability to view 4K video on devices like mobile phones and tablets, what is yet to be seen is how these devices battery life will cope playing a video at 4K resolution, even with the power saving 4G and RF transceiver being used in tandem.

While it’s already been said that these chips could be used in 4K UltraHD TVs, the focus on the mobile market won’t be ignored. But do we really need such high resolutions on say, a 5 inch smart phone screen?

Source: cnet | Image courtesy of TalkAndroid

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I don't know for others, but I think 1080p is enough for mobile devices. 4K will be a waste because of the screen dimension (5" to 10")

PaCpiS said,
I don't know for others, but I think 1080p is enough for mobile devices. 4K will be a waste because of the screen dimension (5" to 10")
Obviously the people who comment the soonest don't bother to read the article.

Pluto is a Planet said,
Obviously the people who comment the soonest don't bother to read the article.

Having read the article your comment makes so little sense that it's obvious that you're the one that didn't read. His reply is a direct response to the last line in the article.

Anyway, yeah, I don't see 4K displays happening on a smartphone anytime soon, if ever. For one ,the pixel density would be so insane that the technology to build a display that great is probably decades away. Far more likely we'll see it used to power 4K recording from the camera, as well as being able to process that 4K file back to display it, even if it's only on a 1080p screen.

It could definitely be useful in SmartTVs and media players though.

AJerman said,

Having read the article your comment makes so little sense that it's obvious that you're the one that didn't read. His reply is a direct response to the last line in the article.

Article said,
Aimed at mobile devices and 4K UltraHD TVs, the chip has been designed to deliver “the highest-quality mobile video imaging and graphics experiences.” It's also Qualcomm's highest performing chip thus far.
It clearly says that it's aimed at TVs where it wouldn't be a waste.