When Qualcomm announced its new Snapdragon 810 processor back in April, the company said that we wouldn’t begin to see the new chip in commercial hardware until the first half of 2015. That’s likely still the case, but it looks like we’ll see come reference devices with Snapdragon 810s before then.
Some new Snapdragon Mobile Development Platform (MDP) devices were revealed today. First up is the Snapdragon MDP Smartphone, which features a whopping 6.17-inch Quad HD (2560x1600) display, 64-bit Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor, Adreno 430 GPU and “the latest available Android OS,” which is Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Also packed into this powerhouse of a phone is 4GB of LP-DDR4 RAM, 32GB of storage, microSD card slot, a 13-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization, 4-megapixel front camera, microUSB 3.0 port and a 3020mAh battery. And of course, it’s also got Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 technology. The Snapdragon MDP Smartphone will begin shipping by mid-December with a price tag of $799.
There’s also a Snapdragon MDP Tablet to go along with the smartphone. The MDP Tablet’s got a 10.1-inch 3840x2160 display, 4GB of LP-DDR4 RAM, 64GB of storage, a microSD card slot, 13-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization and a 4-megapixel front camera. Powered the tablet is a 7560mAh battery, Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 tech and a microUSB 3.0 port. The MDP Tablet will also begin shipping in mid-December, but with a slightly higher $999 price tag.
So yeah, these reference devices are pretty highly-specced. Since they’re meant for developers and manufacturers to use as guidelines for future hardware and to show what Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 can do, that’s no surprise. And while most of us likely won’t ever even see these MDP Snapdragon devices, much less own them, they do show us what mobile devices could begin to look like in 2015.