Last fall, we heard Qualcomm announce its Snapdragon 805 SoC as the latest high-end mobile processor, packing Krait 450 CPU cores and an Adren 420 GPU. Since then, we’ve been wondering what might be the first devices to take advantage of the 805. While we’ve confirmed its presence in developer hardware, it’s been taking the chip a little longer to make its way into a commercially-focused product, despite rumor after rumor that the 805 could find its way into one of many upcoming flagships. For instance, the possibility of an 805 was an early part of many LG G3 rumors, and it wasn’t until we started closing in on launch day when the 801 emerged as the favorite – and indeed, that’s what we got. But now a new rumor suggests that the G3’s flirtation with the 805 may not be over yet, and LG could still be planning to introduce an 805-running version of its quad HD flagship.
According to the report, this G3 with an 805 could launch – at least to the South Korean market – as soon as sometime next month. Considering that we’re still waiting for the 801-based G3 to become available in most markets, that would be quite the speedy arrival of a refresh.
While we’re excited to see what the first phones with 805s can do – especially with the chip paired with a big 2K display – this can’t be great news for LG fans in South Korea who ran out and bought the G3 on day one. The whole situation, assuming this rumor pans out, feels a lot like the Samsung GS4 last year, replaced by a Snapdragon 800 version with LTE-Advanced just a few months post-launch.
Could this G3 with an 805 expand to markets around the world? Speculation like that might be getting ahead of ourselves, and for now we’ll just be happy to find any corroboration for the parts of this story that have already been told.