$800 Snapdragon 805-powered developer tablet to start shipping in late April


What if we told you that tomorrow's mobile technology is just $800 and a month of waiting away? We're not even joking - manufacturer Intrinsyc is taking orders for the Mobile Development Platform Tablet (MDP/T) for Qualcomm's next 32-bit chipset, the Snapdragon 805. While it may look like a very enticing proposition considering its price to performance ratio, the tablet's isn't made to be a consumer device. It's called a Development Tablet for a reason – mostly because the average user doesn't know what to do with half of the technology stuffed into this powerhouse.

For starters, there are no apps or games in the Play Store at the moment, which can do the blazing-fast 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805 CPU, the Adreno 420 GPU with geometry shaders and hardware tessellation support, the 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM, and the 10-inch 2560x144op (WQHD) display justice. Additionally, the tablet packs a 13MP rear camera with 4K video recording and all kinds of Qualcomm photography tricks, a 2MP front cam, and a pair of infrared 3D cameras for gesture recognition.

The tablet's sensor package comprises accelerometers, a gyroscope, a compass, ambient light sensors, temperature, pressure, and humidity sensors, all managed by a dedicated 600MHz Hexagon signal processing chip. Carrying on to the tab's audio capabilities, they are out of this world - Surround-sound stereo speakers and 7.1 Surround playback, a noise-canceling headset, and a whopping 7 microphones for 5.1 Surround-sound recording. There's also Qualcomm's Fluence Pro tech that lets you use an ultrasonic stylus on any surface and have its movements accurately transmitted to the tablet. Software-wise, the tablet runs a clean build of Android 4.4 bundled with a special Qualcomm developer app suite.


Are you already throwing money at your screen despite our warnings? Hold up, here comes the kicker – the tablet only has a 3400mAh battery! Needless to say, this kind of computing muscle will make short work of the cell. The MDP is literally meant to be used on a savvy developer's desk, plugged in a DC power outlet. That's why it has an actual DC-in port and power brick, like your laptop, in addition to the MicroUSB 3.0 port, a micro-HDMI port, and a microSD slot. Storage space, by the way, is 64GB.

As a whole, this thing makes as much sense for the average user as a cassette tape would make for someone from the year 3000 that hopped on a time machine and traveled to 2014. Then again, that's only our educated opinion. The best part is that we're merely at the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the exciting stuff that powerful hardware and clever developers will amaze us with. Some of it is already teased in Qualcomm's promotion video, and if you are of the impatient kind, calm your nerves, because the fun is coming soon. The first Snapdragon 805-powered consumer devices are expected in the fall.

source: Intrinsyc

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19 Comments

1. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2360; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Whooaaaaa..... *backs away slowly *

11. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Specs or price? ;)

19. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

Battery...

2. jrod78414

Posts: 102; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

whoooa

3. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

ONLY 800 dollars a month.

9. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

NO Only $800. They are saying that it will be released in a month, not it will cost $800 a month.

10. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

oops 800 bucks didnt mean to add a month in lol

4. Jason2k13

Posts: 1467; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Nothing to be excited about when it's just a spec bump... It's the actual features that you see physically that makes people excited. But then again I'm not really a tech savy person.

5. Killua

Posts: 270; Member since: Nov 25, 2013

That infrared 3d cameras looks pretty nice for drawing.

6. Lt.Green

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Lag!!

8. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

So you've already tested it huh??? If not stfu....

13. Lt.Green

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Humor. Find some.

14. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

What's so humourous in that.... show some...

7. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

All you OEM's...why can't you make a tablet like that??? and ofcourse with bigger battery....

12. wilsong17 unregistered

I will wait for Samsung

16. renz4

Posts: 319; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

Exynos 6?

18. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

I love Exynos Socs and CPUs

15. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Get the 805 into the G3 and you have a device that'll will be future proof for 3-4 years

17. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Still lags behind Arm Cortex A15 and Tegra4 Still an underdog Jesus for that price I could pick up a iNtel i5 which is 3 times powerful than S805

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