Qualcomm showcases Snapdragon 810 and its added graphic capabilities

Qualcomm has finally showcased its new range of chipset Snapdragon 810. It has been confirmed by the company that it will start shipping the new chipset in tablets and other devices by early 2015.

Although the demonstration by Qualcomm was a brief one, it was enough to make the onlookers understand that the 810 is functional and will soon be released. The demonstration also helped people to get familiar with some of the qualities that will set Qualcomm’s new chipset apart from all its rivals. Example of one such feature is the chip’s advanced graphic capabilities.

During the demonstration, which took place on Thursday, September 18 at Qualcomm’s Uplinq conference in San Francisco, the chipmaker displayed how the new chip will be rendering 3D images. Uplinq is a developers’ conference organized by Qualcomm that lasts for two days. Other than using the convention as a platform to promote its smartphone/tablet chips, the company also uses Uplinq to push its mobile chips into robots, wearable devices such as smartwatches, and virtual reality (VR) headsets used for 3D gaming.

The chip was shown rendering 3D image of a sports car using a CAD program on an Android tablet. The outer material and color of the car was changed to help people understand the chip’s ability to render surface texture and reflections as the vehicle turned.

A large number of tablets and smartphones use Snapdragon chips. According to the numbers put up by the Qualcomm’s CEO Steven M. Mollenkopf, the company has already shipped as many as 1 million Android tablets and smartphones equipped with Snapdragon processors. The American global semiconductor company is hoping that launching this new product will help in keeping the demand for its Snapdragon series of chipsets high.

Qualcomm’s closest rival NVidia has already showcased a processor called Tegra k1 that comes with similar rendering capabilities. However, Qualcomm’s upcoming chip still has chances of capturing a larger market share as statistics reveals that Tegra has failed to take off in smartphones and tablets in the same manner as Snapdragon processors.

Manufacturers have just provided Qualcomm the first set of samples of its Snapdragon 810 chipset. The head of the company’s product management department Raj Talluri, in his speech at the Uplinq conference said that the new chipset will be incorporated into devices within the first few months of 2015.

The large share of qualities the chip boasts comes from its Adreno 430 Graphic Processing Unit (GPU). The Snapdragon 810’s GPU makes it a perfect processor for devices boasting native display of 4000 pixels. The immediate predecessor of Snapdragon 810 is capable of playing 4k videos, but only when connected to external displays; it cannot play such high resolution videos on the tablet/smartphone itself.

According to facts presented by Qualcomm, on some LTE (long term evolution) networks, the Snapdragon 810 can download data at a speed of 300 Mbps. For knowing more about the chip and gathering more detailed information about its specifications, one will need to visit the company’s official website.

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