Qualcomm Snapdragon 800: Hands-On (Video)

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Last night, Qualcomm took the lid off its latest changes to its system-on-a-chip lineup, unveiling its new naming scheme as well as its new top-tier chipsets, the 600 and 800 series. While the 600 doesn’t sound like any slouch, its the 800 that’s going to power the fastest of the fastest Android devices later this year. Let’s take a look at just what it’s capable of.

If you’ve ever shaken your fist in frustration while your seemingly-high-end Android phone or tablet just couldn’t keep up the pace when placed under the processing demands of a fast 3D game, pay special attention, because the Snapdragon 800 reference hardware we play with here just absolutely sings. With an Adreno 330 and quad-core Krait 400 design, we’d expect nothing less.

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!