First look: Gaming on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 mobile processor [VIDEO]

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 mobile processing platform is due to drop later this year, but the company was showing off the new system-on-a-chip at Mobile World Congress. We got to check out a lot of cool features the new CPU will offer, including media and audio, but we also had some time to have a go at gaming with Qualcomm’s latest innovation.

Of course, the main goal here is gaming performance, and Qualcomm achieves a blend of high-quality graphics and responsiveness through the deployment of an Adreno 330 GPU coupled with the Krait-based quad-core processor. The  chip can achieve clock speeds of over 2.0GHz, simply eclipsing anything on the market today.

The chip was being demoed within a reference tablet, which offered the buttery smoothness you could expect from a dedicated gaming machine, if not console quality graphics. Qualcomm had two demos for consumption, a full-on version of Need For Speed: Most Wanted and a demo showcasing a rendered image of a fire-breathing dragon, complete with benchmarks. While the latter offered a glimpse behind the scenes, Need For Speed was obviously the draw here, streamed direct from the tablet to the a TV.

Snapdragon 800 will no doubt be a hit with manufacturers already utilizing the company’s 600 series platform. And that’s basically everyone release a high-end phone within the past six months. Real world use will be the ultimate test of how the 800 fairs, but the future looks promising.

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  • Unorthodox

    Dude, you have to sway from the police and then smash it with the side of your car. Better yet, drift at a turn, because the MF will try to catch your there, and you’ll be ready to show him Kuzka’s Mother.

    And the game doesn’t look any better than on Exynos-sporting Note 10.1

  • sc0rch3d

    considerable lag between tilting the tablet and the car turning? wtf?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marcelo-Burrieza/100000489847678 Marcelo Burrieza

      Miracast Wireless display? No HDMI cables visible in the video from the tablet.

  • draiko

    Looks a little choppy.

  • guitarist5122

    looks painful

  • Fatty Bunter

    The future looks like the present!

  • Jordan Caviness

    Ok so what am i looking at?

  • godrilla

    so they are showing the same game that can run on a dual core s4? wow amazing , I want to see something I haven’t seen before in mobile graphics, qualcomm keeps boasting about how powerful the snapdragon 800 which will set a new benchmark, well feed the beast.