Qualcomm used a Snapdragon 805-equipped Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to showcase 300Mbps LTE-A Cat 6 download speeds
In cooperation with Samsung, Qualcomm Technologies Inc. made an impressive showcase of both what its latest 32-bit silicon and LTE Advanced Category 6 are capable of. At MWC 2014, a special Samsung Galaxy Note 3 phablet outfitted with Qualcomm's supercharged Snapdragon 805 chipset and a Qualcomm Gobi 9x35 modem, achieved incredible download speeds of up to 300Mbps.
For comparison, the average American download speeds are 21.5 Mbps for Broadband, and 10.4 Mbps for mobile, according to Net Index. Obviously, that's not going to cut it for comfortably streaming 4K video, which is an important feature in Qualcomm's latest available Snapdragon 801 chipset. 4K content also serves to explain why one would need such manic speeds in a mobile device.
While the Snapdragon 805, which is expected to appear in devices from May, is a miracle on its own, the Gobi 9x35 is no small feat of Qualcomm's engineering. It's the first commercially announced 3G/LTE multi-mode modem based on 20nm technology, and is also backwards compatible to support all other major cellular technologies. This includes WCDMA /MC-HSPA, CDMA 1x/EVDO Rev. B, GSM/EDGE and TD-SCDMA. The incredible download speeds are achieved by combining two 20MHz signals to provide twice the amount of bandwidth.
This is great and all, but knowing you - our passionate readers, the burning question here is whether Samsung will introduce a Snapdragon 805-equipped Galaxy Note 3 soon. Frankly, firing up a factory to produce a single demo unit for show purposes doesn't make sense. And if Sammy has already put in the work to fit Qualcomm's latest silicon in its best phablet yet, it might as well manufacture this bad boy. Who knows, the Galaxy Note 3 might just become the first device to run on the Snapdragon 805.
However, it's likely that the renovated phablet will remain an exclusive to South Korea's SK Telecom for some time, if it ever becomes widely available. Such was the case with the Galaxy S4's Snapdragon 800-based LTE Advanced version. It was introduced in June 2013 as a South Korean device, a mere three months after the original Galaxy S4's glitzy March 15 launch event. It later came to a number of European countries in November 2013, and that was pretty much it.
Still, if Samsung ever decides to push an updated Galaxy Note 3 to the global market, we now have a pretty good clue about which chipset could power it.
References: Household download index – United States
1. nazyr1803 (Posts: 78; Member since: 11 Jan 2013)
how about just release the note 3 with sd805.. it will be the best pone rather than s5
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17. Hyperreal (Posts: 126; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)
Maybe thats why it will be announced a litle bit later? would be nice!still i think its too early and I dont make hopes couse i dont want to be disappointed.
30. gauravsethi232 (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Dec 2013)
Agreed with aayupanday.
I am really looking forward to buy new HTC ONE (2014) and want the latest chipset in it.
3. o0Exia0o (Posts: 354; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)
AND THIS IS WHY SOMETHING LIKE GOOGLE'S PROJECT ARA IS NEEDED IN THE MOBILE ARENA!
4. toink (unregistered)
The Galaxy F might rock this. The Note 4, definitely.
5. _Bone_ (Posts: 2126; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Samsung couldn't just hand the Samsung P1 / F1 / Premium1 to Qualcomm so they gave the Note 3 to play with, but the SD805 will definitely debut with the premium 2014 flagship (at Samsung's), not in the 2013 phablet.
9. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5744; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Are you going to add a 5000 mAh Mophie juice pac case as well? K1 loves to drain batteries. :-)
29. II12yanII (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Mar 2014)
read this article then semiaccurate.com/2014/03/05/nvidias-tegra-k1-draws-shocking-number-watts/
8. galanoth (Posts: 318; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)
I think 2014 is the year that starts Samsung having 3 main products per year.
Spring, Summer, and Fall devices.
This allows devices to get top chipsets as soon as they become available.
10. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5744; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
This is actually an example of market pollution - now everyone is deferring purchase until the Note 4 is released with the new goodies. Only problem is that they have screwed the market for the GS5 as well.
19. joey_sfb (Posts: 2899; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
I have note 3. I think its good to update the chipset to 801 that way it will attract new buyer all year round.
I will buy again if there enough of a update to make a significant difference. Much like buying a car. You buy one when you need it.
11. o0Exia0o (Posts: 354; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)
And next year it will be one for each season. Winter, Spring, Summer & Fall.
14. livyatan (Posts: 691; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)
Btw..the unknown part about the Note 3 is that it doesn't use the same Snapdragon 800 as the Xperia Z1, LG G2, Lumia 1520 etc.. it is the MSM8974AB variant.
That explains the 2160p video and typically higher GPU scores
16. mr.techdude (Posts: 543; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
It's just an overcloced version of the chipset and don't forget Sammy cheats in the benchmarks
18. livyatan (Posts: 691; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)
Yes, and the over clocked version is designated 8974AB..GPU clock is upped from 450 to 550Mhz
21. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 425; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)
So, the Note3 has the same chipset as the Z2 which is called the SD 801? The S5 runs on the 8974AC SD 801.
24. skymitch89 (Posts: 1056; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)
If you cared to do your research, the Snapdragon in the Note 3 is the 8974-AA model which IS the same one that is in the G2, Lumia 1520, etc.
20. xfire99 (Posts: 499; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)
Note 4 with Snapdragon 810 end of the year = Definity a BUY!
22. Mube007 (Posts: 95; Member since: 24 Sep 2013)
I think there is smthing coolness in note 3 but to be honestly samsung did not fullfill their promise abt galaxy s5 i m so much disappointed even chinise gadgets looks way better than samsung
23. blues11 (Posts: 3; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)
launch the same phone with better specs until the note 4 = " SAMSUNG STRATEGY "
26. geordie8t1 (Posts: 101; Member since: 18 Feb 2014)
I'm still holding out for the premium F-series samsung, so many rumours about 2 new models then samsung also saying there were looking into more premium materials, also the fact that Samsung began mass producing 2k displays in December coupled with the fact that the galaxy s was meant to be the so called lower end of the new releases also fitting in with rumours that at least 1 model would have the 805 chipset which is almost available for the summer so a few months after the s model was announced the new model will arrive, well if not I will wait and see what the competition brings out before deciding, but I prob will not get the S5......