If you were impressed with Qualcomm’s MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 processor from CES 2013, you will be blown away by the chipset-maker’s plans for 2014. Looking at the leaked specs for the unofficial Qualcomm APQ8084, it’s clear that it’s a significant upgrade over the current APQ8064 Snapdragon S4 Pro with Adreno 320 GPU and upcoming APQ8074 with Adreno 330 GPU. The company’s roadmap details a quad-core processor clocked in the 2.3GHz range with an Adreno 420 GPU (10% greater pixel fill rate over Adreno 330; supports DirectX11 and WebGL2.0), built-in decode support for H.265 video codec, support for 4K video playback, a 802.11ac Wi-Fi chip, and support for (up to) a 30-megapixel camera. This one is believed to be made with tablets in mind, hopefully running Android, but it’s possible we’ll end up seeing it powering smartphones down the line, too. Unfortunately, the APQ8084 won’t be out until next year, which means it could debut at CES 2014. Exciting stuff, until more details of the briefly mentioned APQ8094 chipset leak, of course.
Note: information pulled from the same leak also suggests we’ll see Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie in May at Google I/O 2013.