It was back in November of 2013 when we learned the Snapdragon 805 “Ultra UD” processor would be heading to devices in 2014. Well, it looks like the first of these devices will be arriving in April. But before anyone gets super excited here — this first device is going to be one aimed at developers. We’ve seen similar reference tablets from Qualcomm in the past, and this time around we are seeing the Snapdragon 805 Mobile Development Platform Tablet (MDP/T).
This model will have a 10.06-inch (2560 x 1440) 16:9 IPS display. Developers will find 3GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, a 2MP front-facing camera and 13MP rear-facing camera. There will also a be dual 3D gesture camera with IR LED. Other highlights include a 3400 mAh battery, microSD card slot, Android 4.4 Kit Kat and a wide variety of sensors. Those sensors include everything from the basics such as an accelerometer and light sensor to a fingerprint scanner and more.
Basically, this is the model tablet aimed at helping developers do what they need to do — develop. To that point, In addition to Kit Kat, the Snapdragon 805 MDP/T will also have a variety of Qualcomm provided software tools to aid in the development process. Looking back to the basics of this particular model — the specifics for the processor are as follows;
- Quad Krait 450 cores running at up to 2.7 GHz per core
- Adreno 420 GPU with support for geometry shaders and hardware tessellation
- Hexagon QDSP6 V5A (600MHz)
The tablet is priced at $799 and set to begin shipping in late-April. But having said all that, while the tablet is neat to see, and may even be a bit of fun to play with — it really wouldn’t make much sense for the average non-developer user.