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

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



1. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Y u do dis qualcomm ಠ益ಠ

4. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

pfhuckin BEAST!!!!!!!

8. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 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

11. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

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

12. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

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

15. osbert

Posts: 125; Member since: Jul 02, 2014


22. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

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

29. sid07desai

Posts: 290; Member since: May 03, 2012

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

30. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

The rear cam is way bigger.

2. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

No likes... My S801 does everything

27. Darkerm

Posts: 322; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

yeah... my Oneplus one is great

3. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013


5. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

'pfhuckin' Lol +810

9. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

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

6. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

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

10. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 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

13. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

Mobile Hot spot BABYYYY!!! :-D

7. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Great!!! Bring it on!!! Makes current technologies older.

14. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

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

16. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

Mobile hot spot n Calls through Data my friend!!

26. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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

17. saeen

Posts: 20; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

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

24. tedkord

Posts: 17415; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

18. Shujah

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Love to have hands on this beast

19. Shujah

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

$800 are too much btw :P

20. eusdeus

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 07, 2014

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

21. kristoferallen

Posts: 99; Member since: Jun 23, 2010

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

23. NightSurfer

Posts: 101; Member since: Sep 06, 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.

25. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 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.

28. bob_monkeywarts unregistered

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

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