Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 805 processor will be the company’s most powerful chip to date when it launches in the second half of 2014… but it’s not that much faster than the Snapdragon 801 CPU that’s already available.
AnandTech reports that where it really shines is in select graphic tests, thanks to the new Adreno 440 graphics technology.
We should see even bigger enhancements when the company’s first ARMv8 chips launch in early 2015.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- Detailed preview of Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 performance
The chip has 4 Qualcomm Krait 450 CPU cores, Adreno 420 graphics, H.265 decoding support, and scores quite similarly to the Snapdragon 801 in CPU benchmarks. But it comes out ahead in certain graphics tests. [AnandTech]
- CyanogenMod will learn to cheat at benchmarks, just like a real smartphone OS
Benchmarks are supposed to tell you what kind of maximum performance to expect from your device. But phone makers have a habit of tweaking their software to run at higher clock speeds when running benchmarks so the results aren’t always reflective of real-world performance. New builds of CyanogenMod will also do this.. but you’ll be able to enable or disable the feature… and choose which other apps (besides benchmarks) benefit from the performance boost. Your battery life might suffer though. [Android Police]
- Dell expands its recycling program and plans to offer PCs built with recycled plastic
The first model will be an all-in-one Optiplex 3030 all-in-one desktop which launches in June. [Computer World]
- Google Chrome 36 beta includes new tools for developers
- FreedomPop now offers “unlimited” phone data plan
Like many other “unlimited” data plans, you only get a limited amount of 4G LTE data. After you hit 1GB your speeds will drop to 3G for the rest of the month. What makes FreedmPop’s plan unusual though, is that it’s only $20 per month. The only catch is that it’s based on Sprint’s network — so if you’re in an area with poor reception, this might not be the plan for you. [GigaOm]
- Pipo’s latest tablet is a 9.7 inch model with an RK3288 chip
The upcoming Pipo P1 has a 9.7 inch, 2048 x 1536 pixel display, an RK3288 ARM Cortex-A17 quad-core processor, ARM Mali-T764 graphics, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. [AndroidPC.es]
- HP to cut 16,000 jobs
That will bring the total number of jobs cut since Meg Whitman took over in 2012 to about 50,000. That’s a lot of restructuring. [Re/Code]