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The first Snapdragon 810-powered smartphone can be yours for $800

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The first Snapdragon 810-powered smartphone can be yours for $800
Got a spare $800 laying around? You can save them for a rainy day, or you can pour them into the most veiny, bulky, muscle-y mobile technology on planet Earth. We're talking about the Moto Droid Tur... no, that's yesterday's news already! We're talking about Qualcomm's new Mobile Development Platform Smartphone. These "dev platform" devices represent working samples of the latest ready-to-ship technology from Qualcomm, and are usually released several months before their powerful internals reach consumer devices. Get your hands on one of these, and you're practically staring at the (near) future!

So, what lies ahead? The Android 5.0 smartphone has a 6.17-inch QHD (1600x2560) display with 10-finger multi-touch capacity. If this display size becomes commonplace within flagship devices next year, the 7 and 8-inch tablet might go (near) extinct. Moving down the spec sheet, we have a Snapdragon 810 64-bit octa-core processor, paired with the almighty Adreno 430 graphics unit and 4GB of LP-DDR4 RAM. The star of the show has been extensively profiled on the company's product page, so we'll dig into the most juicy parts for the sake of brevity. 

The Snapdragon 810 CPU is based on two sets of four Cortex-A57 and Cortex-A53 cores built on a 20nm process. They are up to 50% more powerful than the ARM Cortex-A15 32-bit core on which the Snapdragon 805's Krait 450 cores are based. The Cortex-A57 core is built on a 20nm process, hence the transistors are smaller and should retain similar power efficiency to that of the Snapdragon 801 and 805. 

The graphics unit is touted as 30% faster than the Adreno 420 in the Snapdragon 805. Enhanced graphics aside, the combined units are capable 4K video encoding at 30 frames per second and 1080p video at 120 frames per second. They can also drive 4K primary and external displays (the latter via HDMI 1.4a or Miracast), so it looks like those 4K displays are coming after all. Gosh, so many pixels!

Although the Snapdragon 810's dual imaging chip supports camera sensors of up to 55MP size, the smartphone is mercifully equipped with a 13MP OIS camera with dual LED flash that's able to shoot 4K video at 30FPS and 1080p video @60 fps. The front camera is 4MP auto-focus unit that's able to take 1080p video at 120FPS.

Like any self-respecting developer unit, the MDP-smartphone is chock full of sensors. There's a 3-axis accelerometer and 3-axis gyroscope, a 3-axis magnetometer, an ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, pressure sensor, temperature and humidity sensor, UV sensor, and a Mobeam sensor. In case Mobeam's purpose is escaping you, the technology allows you to scan, collect, and send barcodes with "blinking light". The feature was built inside the Samsung Galaxy S4, but it never sparked much discussion. Oh, and there are 8 microphones at your disposal. You can't record an orchestra with them, but they should suffice for testing forward-looking apps.

Other fancy tidbits are 11.1 surround sound with Dolby and DTS, USB 3.0, Bluetooth 4.1, Snapdragon StudioAccess technology and SecureMSM digital rights management. There's a fingerprint reader as well. All of this is ran by a 3020 mAh li-ion battery. Now, this phone lacks a DC-charger, so unlike the Snapdragon 805 development platform tablet, it seems to be designed for battery-powered operation. That said, we doubt the juicer can last long enough to turn what's a strictly developer-oriented device into a consumer item.

The MDP smartphone can be ordered from Qualcomm, and shipments will start by mid-December.

source: Intrynsic

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posted on 24 Nov 2014, 02:56 4

1. DogeShibe (Posts: 1111; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


Y u do dis qualcomm ಠ益ಠ

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 03:06 2

4. reckless562 (banned) (Posts: 1153; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


pfhuckin BEAST!!!!!!!

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 03:29 2

8. vincelongman (Posts: 4164; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Its a pure developer smartphone anyway so there's no 4G or 3G or 2G (just wi-fi)

Also there's a $1000 developer tablet, and its has a 10.1” UHD 4K display
http://www.intrinsyc.com/products/qualcomm/mdp-tablet-powered-by-snapdragon-810-processor.aspx

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 03:32

11. reckless562 (banned) (Posts: 1153; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


oh, now THAT IS GAYYYY.....y Bother Qualcomm??? F yall for clipin its wings!!!!

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 03:33

12. reckless562 (banned) (Posts: 1153; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


wait!!!! u just need a mobile HOTSPOT!!!!! WALAHH!!! I am GENIUS!!! :-D

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 04:01 1

15. osbert (Posts: 125; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


voila*

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 06:30 1

22. medicci37 (Posts: 1271; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


& 4 gigs of high performance DDR4 ram. That article has convinced me to wait till next year to get a tab!

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 12:33 3

29. sid07desai (Posts: 290; Member since: 03 May 2012)


What grinds my gears is that front 4MP cam records 1080p at 120fps and the rear 13MP cam records 1080p at only 60fps?

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 13:01 1

30. Kishin (Posts: 704; Member since: 30 May 2013)


The rear cam is way bigger.

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 02:58 1

2. hmd74 (Posts: 476; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)


No likes...
My S801 does everything

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 11:36 1

27. Darkerm (Posts: 308; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)


yeah... my Oneplus one is great

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 03:05 5

3. reckless562 (banned) (Posts: 1153; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


woah!

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 03:07

5. DogeShibe (Posts: 1111; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


'pfhuckin'

Lol +810

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 03:29

9. reckless562 (banned) (Posts: 1153; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


U already Know!!!!

but i wonder if there are gona be Cases for it tho??? since its not very mainstream

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 03:08 2

6. UglyFrank (Posts: 1607; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


This is amazing, I may aswell buy this and forget the Q2 flagships

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 03:31

10. vincelongman (Posts: 4164; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Good luck with that
Also there's no 4G or 3G or 2G (just wi-fi)
Its purely for developers

The Q2 flagships will probably have the 810 and 4GB ram as well
But no fancy sensors/emitters

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 03:34

13. reckless562 (banned) (Posts: 1153; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


Mobile Hot spot BABYYYY!!! :-D

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 03:08 4

7. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Great!!! Bring it on!!!

Makes current technologies older.

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 03:36 1

14. Planterz (Posts: 2038; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


It's not a phone if you can't make calls.

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 04:08

16. reckless562 (banned) (Posts: 1153; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


Mobile hot spot n Calls through Data my friend!!

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 10:34

26. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


you can always make calls through google voice and wifi. :)

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 04:26

17. saeen (Posts: 20; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


BUt the thing is how long it ll take developers to make 64 bit compatible applications?

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 09:33

24. tedkord (Posts: 10688; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Not long at all. Those apps written in Java won't need any changes, ART will just compile them as 64bit.

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 04:28

18. Shujah (Posts: 7; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Love to have hands on this beast

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 04:29

19. Shujah (Posts: 7; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


$800 are too much btw :P

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 05:07 1

20. eusdeus (Posts: 4; Member since: 07 Nov 2014)


Octa core? Why the phuck do we need octa core processors? :|

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 05:52

21. kristoferallen (Posts: 99; Member since: 23 Jun 2010)


This device can not be called a smartphone when it is not a phone. Misleading title.

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 07:48

23. NightSurfer (Posts: 101; Member since: 06 Sep 2014)


Its like a phone on steriod, any oem that will jump into sd 810 will have a beast phone this 2015. Its like pumping adrenalin to me just by mere reading all these capabilities and I cant sleep now. I heard Sony Xperia z4 will take a dose of this.

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 09:56

25. skymitch89 (Posts: 1293; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


Reading the specs makes me want one, but I know that this is just to show off what the chip is capable of doing.

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 12:29

28. bob_monkeywarts (Posts: 236; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


uhm, OK... the first phone with the S865 will be like $3000

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 14:17

31. gagakiller (banned) (Posts: 176; Member since: 08 Oct 2014)


My iPhone 6 plus performs way better than this garbage. They've been showing one processor after the other and praising how powerful they are. Look at the laggy LG G3 with it's powerful bla bla bla processor.
Let's forget about numbers and focus on real tests ! Be smart !

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 14:43

32. kvn3355 (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Nov 2014)


The LG G3 has a snapdragon 801 not a big jump from the 800

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 16:07

33. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8958; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


I think large displays are a good thing, but once you g bigger than 5.9 on a phones, to me its just a tablet with cellular capabilities. If Samsung ever goes bigger than 5.9 with the Note, that is when I will likely stop buying it. I have a Note 4, does more than what I need.

posted on 25 Nov 2014, 01:23

34. .KRATOS. (Posts: 310; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


I guess the 64bit, will be a new era in the smartphone industry

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 10:01

36. mrblah (Posts: 576; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


Yep. Thank you APPLE!!!

posted on 25 Nov 2014, 02:16

35. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


That specs list looks really juicy~~~ liking it. I didn't know the GS4 had a 'Mobeam' sensor. Maybe the GN3 has it as well?

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