Qualcomm used a Snapdragon 805-equipped Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to showcase 300Mbps LTE-A Cat 6 download speeds

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.



source: Qualcomm via SamMobile

References: Household download index – United States

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Galaxy Note 3
  • Display 5.7" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 3200 mAh(21h 3G talk time)

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30 Comments

1. nazyr1803

Posts: 100; Member since: Jan 11, 2013

how about just release the note 3 with sd805.. it will be the best pone rather than s5

12. papss unregistered

Agreed

2. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

We want the 805 in the New HTC One!!!

17. Hyperreal

Posts: 361; Member since: Oct 08, 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: 2; Member since: Dec 10, 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: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 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.

13. user996

Posts: 221; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

F stands for F*cked?

15. tedkord

Posts: 17186; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Or in your case, fanboy.

5. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 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.

6. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

Screw 801. I want K1.

9. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Are you going to add a 5000 mAh Mophie juice pac case as well? K1 loves to drain batteries. :-)

28. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

source?

29. II12yanII

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 05, 2014

read this article then semiaccurate.com/2014/03/05/nvidias-tegra-k1-draws​-shocking-number-watts/

7. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Screw k1. I want.......I don't know

8. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 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: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

And next year it will be one for each season. Winter, Spring, Summer & Fall.

14. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 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: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

It's just an overcloced version of the chipset and don't forget Sammy cheats in the benchmarks

18. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

Yes, and the over clocked version is designated 8974AB..GPU clock is upped from 450 to 550Mhz

21. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 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: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 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: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Note 4 with Snapdragon 810 end of the year = Definity a BUY!

22. Mube007

Posts: 260; Member since: Sep 24, 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 unregistered

launch the same phone with better specs until the note 4 = " SAMSUNG STRATEGY "

25. Cesar

Posts: 140; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

Nice! Bye bye S5

26. geordie8t1 unregistered

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......

27. davenycept

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

It's going to be in S5 prime

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