ARM introduces new Mali-T800 GPU family for the devices of late 2015

ARM introduces new Mali-T800 GPU family for the devices of late 2015
With smartphones growing powerful enough to output near console-quality graphics and play ultra high-resolution (4K) video smoother than your laptop, it's hardly a surprise we're talking about their graphics accelerators much the same way we're discussing NVIDIA and AMD's latest benchmark-busting, electricity-gloating offerings. When the time our smartphones' parts become swappable and upgradeable comes, we'll be pretty much building portable PCs and arguing which smartphone GPU is best for the money.

Until then, let's have a look at the latest graphics line-up from ARM, maker of chip designs and the everlasting Mali-400 MP GPU, which still rocks inside an unfathomable number of cheap Chinese phones. It announced the new Mali-T800 GPU family, the Mali-V550 video accelerator, and Mali-DP550 display processor. The five new graphics units are designed for better performance & lower energy consumption, and will be coming to smartphones and tablets... not very soon, actually. ARM expects them to appear in consumer devices by early 2015. Still, you have the opportunity to become acquainted with them.

The Mali-T800 range - better performance, more efficiency

The ARM Mali-T800 GPU family constitutes the Mali-T820, T-830, and T-860 units. The Mali-T820 GPU is optimized for entry-level products, boasting up to 40 percent higher performance than the Mali-T622 GPU. Mali-T830 is the mid-range chip, capable of up to 55 percent higher performance than the Mali-T622 GPU. Finally, the Mali-T860 GPU crowns the family with high performance and 45 percent better energy-efficiency compared to the Mali-T628 GPU.

The ARM Mali-T800 GPU family supports the latest APIs including OpenGL® ES 3.1, DirectX® 11, OpenCL™ and RenderScript. The Mali-T820 and Mali-T830 offer up to four shader cores, and up to 16 shader cores in the Mali-T860.

The Mali-V550 video processor with full HEVC standard

ARM's new VPU has full support for the HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) standard and is able to decode 1080p/60fps content on a single core, and up to 4K/120FPS when implemented in an octa-core GPU. It's also able to do simultaneous encoding and decoding, and supports motion search elimination for automatically turning motion search on or off in the video encoder. In short, your camera videos should encode faster, and look better than ever.

The Mali-D550 display driver

ARM's new display driver supports up to seven layers of composition for image rendering, which should enable users to benefit from more dynamic and immersive user interfaces. The processor can be scaled to handle 4K displays, and designers can add enhancements and filters like noise reduction and backlight adjustments directly within the internal display pipeline. This way, they no longer have to by-pass or circumvent the display processor.

So far, so good! It seems we have a fine list of graphics-related things to look forward to in 2015.

source: MarketWatch via Android Authority



1. Oğuzhan_77

Posts: 112; Member since: Nov 18, 2013

a right :D coming 4k reso. phones

2. vincelongman

Posts: 5693; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The Mali T860 sounds great But a 45% increase would probably mean they would still be trailing Imagination Technologies and Nvidia again, though not as bad as Qualcomn The Mali-V550 seems impressive, 4K @ 120 fps would be amazing Hopefully it can encode at 1080p 240 fps for great slo mo recording

9. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

At 16 cores, even T760 will easily beat K1 or A8X. All depends on implementation. 860 should easily improve on that. And here it's talking about power efficiency, which means how much more you can do with same input power. It doesn't mean that it's only 45% more powerful, it simply means for same output this GPU will consume 45% less power.

10. vincelongman

Posts: 5693; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I thought the A8X (Air 2) & K1 (Nexus 9) were faster than the 16 core T760 (Note 4) Though I guess we haven't seen a tablet with the 16 core T760 for a fairer comparison I think the M1 will be an even bigger improvement than 50% because Maxwell is far better than Kelper, especially in terms of efficiency which still is Nvidia's weak point And you can't doubt Imagination Technologies, recently they've always been about on top in terms of GPU performance

12. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The note 4 doesn't use a 16 core GPU, but that would definitely be more powerful than the K1 and what is probably the PowerVR GX6650 in the A8X

14. TyrionLannister unregistered

The note 4 has a 6 core T760.

3. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

I really hope OEMs enable HEVC (h265) encoding as standard in phones when it comes next year with this and snapdragon 810. Would speed up adaption of it and 4K videos and screens significantly.

4. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

We don't need no more power in smartphones, we have well enough! We need more battery power or an alternative source!!!

6. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

CPU, maybe. But GPU, no, we need more powerful GPUs.

15. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

More Gpu for what exactly?

8. vuyonc

Posts: 1090; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Read the article.

16. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Already did.....

17. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Increase CPU power, and keep resolution the same is effectively a battery life boost. Also. Turn off some of your notifications or something. If you're running out of battery, you're either not living life, or haven't optimized your device.

5. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Galaxy S4 has a Mali400MP GPU??! Dafuq PA?!

7. luis.d

Posts: 354; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

My bad, sorry.

11. SayMobile

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 29, 2014

The Galaxy S4 has imagination Technologies PowerVR MP4 GPU and the Qualcomm aAdreno 320

13. samub

Posts: 34; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

note 4 uses 6 or 8 core mali t760 , though t760 can scaled up to 16 cores , we didnt seen any product , this time arm says it can go more easily to 16 core with 860. and i guess 1080p 480 fps can be done with 8 core v550 , mediatek also show 1080p 480fps video record with mtk 6795 chipset.we will see if sd810 can do same thing...

18. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Good news for Qualcomm since they aren't in the SoC design business anymore. Well except Adreno, which gets smoked yearly by the newest PowerVR within days of its release. All they can do is what ARM gives them from now on.

19. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

4K @ 120fps. Awesome. Does this mean 1080p @ higher frame rates when using the octa-core setup?

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