QUALCOMM UNVEILED its Snapdragon 805 processor in November, claiming it is the first processor designed to deliver 4K quality video, imaging and graphics to mobile devices.
On paper the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 is pretty impressive. Built with four Krait 450 cores that have a maximum clock speed of 2.7GHz, the chip also integrates an Adreno 420 GPU and a 128-bit memory interface. It also supports new hardware tessellation and geometry shaders for 4K rendering, which the firm said produces "more realistic scenes and objects [and] user interface" at lower power.
But a chip by itself is never the whole story, and it's all about how it works with the other parts and software in the device. Thus we looked forward to putting the chip through its paces for the first time, running on an unbranded tablet during a benchmarking session.
We ran several different benchmarking utilities on the unnamed tablet during our time with it. The first was Geekbench, and the Snapdragon 805 gave a single-core score of 1,049 and dual-core score of 2,821.
To ensure that we could compare some benchmarking results with devices we have reviewed in the past, we installed Antutu on the device, obtaining a score of 36,858. Compared to the Samsung Galaxy S5's score of 35,724 which has a Snapdragon 801, and the HTC One M8's score of 34,463, we were surprised to find that there wasn't much difference in results between the two processors.
Other benchmarks we ran on the Snapdragon 805 powered tablet included 3D Mark and Base Mark. Results are shown below.
Qualcomm says its Snapdragon 805 processor is "sampling now" and expected to be available in commercial devices by the first half of 2015. µ