Hands-on: Qualcomm’s 4K reference tablet and the Snapdragon 805 processor [VIDEO]



It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that mobile tech is advancing fast. With Android tablets now hitting the market with 2K resolution displays, we’d guess that it wont be very long before 4K displays soon becomes the norm.

Qualcomm sees that future closing in fast and while touring the halls of Mobile World Congress, we came across the chipset manufacturers new 4K reference tablet. Running a Snapdragon 805 SoC, Qualcomm wants the world to know that when 4K devices inevitably hit the market, their Snapdragon 805 processor is already waiting for them.

To demo the GPU prowess of the Snap 805, Qualcomm provided a demo of Gameloft’s Modern Combat 5 running in native 4K resolution (3,840 x 2,160). We took the game for a spin in our hands-on video to see how well the 805 would hold up and surprisingly, the 805 didn’t even break a sweat. Frame rates remained exceptionally smooth, with no discernible stutter or dips in frame rate during gameplay. Qualcomm also pointed out that none of the games they were demoing were even optimized for 4K resolution or the chipset, a testament to the 805’s beefy GPU.

You can expect Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 equipped Androids to officially hit the market later this year, with rumors that the first device could arrive as early as May. Our hands on video can be found below.

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. have you guys try running some benchmark test on the tablet?

  2. Qualcomm never ceases to amaze. I had hoped all major manufacturers had waited out for the 805 for their flagships. Granted it’s not a major bump up, but I always prefer having the latest and greatest.

  3. Note 4 anyone? :D

  4. Now try something that doesn’t look like a ps2 game and see how it goes…. Tech websites tends to overvalue resolution too much for my liking.

  5. You know why you died Chris? Because you DIDN’T GET IN THE TANK!! ugh haha

  6. Good to actually see a UD 4k tablet, mind you, Toshiba demonstrated a 10″ UD tablet at CES 2013. Gaming will work better in 14 nano metre, 64 bit, personally I prefer a 7″, which will be possible this year, I’m loving my 39″ UDTV, which only costs $400 US on Amazon. We’ll want hundreds of GPUs, 4/6 GB of GRAM, 128 GB of flash, for our UD mobile devices, to store movies, and run good games. The author is right, these devices will soon seem, as normal, as a smartphone is today, 7″ this year, 5″ next year, for instance WiFi ac can pump 1GB/s, I already have it on my Nexus 5 and I saw a WiFi ac USB dongle, for $100 last week.

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