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Qualcomm’s new reference devices give us a peek at its Snapdragon 810 processor

Qualcomm has just announced the Snapdragon 810 Mobile Development Platform smartphone and tablet. In typical Qualcomm fashion, these “reference” devices cost a pretty penny, but they also give us a glimpse into the future.

The star of the show here is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, a 64-bit octa-core chipset that is comprised of four Cortex-A57s and four Cortex-A53s. The Snapdragon 810 is supposed to offer improved performance and energy efficiency over its predessor, the Snapdragon 805. In addition, the Adreno 430 GPU found in the Snapdragon 810 boasts 30 percent better performance over the Adreno 420 found in the Snapdragon 805. The Adreno 430 also allows for 4K display output.

All that horsepower is surround with some fun specs, too. Starting with the developer smartphone, it’s equipped with a massive 6.2-inch 2560×1600 display, giving us a pixel density of 490ppi. 4GB of LP-DDR4 RAM will keep multitasking running smoothly, while a rather meager 3020mAh battery keeps the phone running. You’ll find a 13-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization and dual-flash set-up on the back, and a 4-megapixel camera on the front, capable of 1080p @ 120fps video.

A wide array of sensors can be found living inside of the reference smartphone, such as an ultrasound emitter, eight (!) microphones, a Micro HDMI port that supports 4K displays, USB 3.0, and a fingerprint reader on the back.

Qualcomm tablet

The reference tablet, meanwhile, retains the lavishness of the smartphone and throws in a few extras. We’re looking at a 10.1-inch 3840×2160 display with the same RAM and megapixel count as on the smartphone. While the battery, at 7560mAh, is decently sized, it’s the dual 3D IR gesture cameras and front-facing stereo speakers that highlight the main differences. However, the tablet does feature a similar array of sensors found in the smartphone.

As mentioned, these reference devices come at a price: the smartphone costs $800, while the tablet goes for $1,000. Still, you can always take solace in the fact that it doesn’t cost a dime to look at them.