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KitKat developer tablet previews 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805

Apr 1, 2014 — by Eric Brown 2,885 views

Intrinsyc has launched a 10-inch developer tablet that runs Android 4.4 on a quad-core Snapdragon 805 SoC, and features 802.11ac and a 3D gesture camera.

The Intrinsyc Mobile Development Platform Tablet (“MDP/T”) uses an updated Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 SoC running Android 4.4 (KitKat). According to a TrustedReviews overview of the Snapdragon 800 family, the 805 is set to ship this summer, but Intrinsyc says it’s shipping the MDP/T now for $799. So consider this a sneak preview, or as Intrinsyc calls it “early access” to the Snapdragon 805.

Intrinsyc’s Mobile Development Platform Tablet (MDP/T)

The MDP/T follows Intrinsyc’s smartphone oriented DragonBoard 8074 Development Kit based on Android 4.2 and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 system-on-chip. The Open-Q 8074 SOM Qseven module at the heart of the DragonBoard 8074 (pictured at right) was released in January as a separate product aimed at wearables.

Like the Snapdragon 800 and the slightly tweaked Snapdragon 801, which has appeared in several high-end Android devices including the Samsung Galaxy S5, the Snapdragon 805 supplies four Krait cores that are roughly equivalent to Cortex-A15 cores. However, it moves up to a more advanced Krait 450 core design clocked to 2.7GHz instead of the earlier 2.26GHz (800) or 2.36GHz (801) Krait 400. The SoC also doubles memory bandwidth to up to 30GB/s.

Snapdragon 805 block diagram
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In addition, the 805 advances to an Adreno 420 GPU claimed to be 40 percent faster than the previous Adreno 330. The Adreno 420 features hardware tessellation, geometry shaders, and advanced 4K rendering, says Intrinsyc.


The MDP/T is equipped with 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM, 64GB of eMMC flash storage, and a microSD slot with an 8GB card with pre-installed software. The 10-inch, IPS display features WQHD (2560 x 1440-pixel) resolution and 10-finger, capacitive multitouch capability. The tablet supports Hollywood Quality Video post processing and hardware-based HEVC (H.265) encode/decode “for extremely low-power UltraHD video recording and playback,” says Intrinsyc.

MDP/T detail, front and back
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Intrinsyc taps Qualcomm’s own VIVE WiFi chip with two-stream dual-band 802.11ac support. Bluetooth 4.0. GPS, and NFC capabilities are also provided, along with a host of sensors. In addition to offering 13-and 2-megapixel cameras, the MDP/T supplies dual infrared cameras for 3D gesture recognition.

Audio features include surround-sound stereo speakers, 7.1-channel Dolby Digital Plus or DTS playback, and 5.1-channel recording. In addition, the tablet integrates seven microphones for surround sound recording and ultrasound pen and gesture support, says Intrinsyc. Additional features include micro-USB 3.0 OTG and Micro-HDMI, ports, a fingerprint scanner, and a variety of buttons.
Android 4.4 is the centerpiece of a preinstalled development and optimization package that includes Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Performance Visualizer for system performance monitoring, profiling and debugging. There’s also a special version of Trepn profiler, which is said to display the power consumption of individual hardware power rails.

Customers have access to the Snapdragon Software Development Kit, Adreno profiler, Trepn plug-in for Eclipse, Qualcomm Vuforia mobile vision platform, and the AllSeen Alliance’s open source AllJoyn software framework for IoT applications. In addition, Intrinsyc will support developers and manufacturers with engineering services, technical support, technical documentation, complimentary tools, and software updates, says the company.

Specifications listed for the Mobile Development Platform Tablet (MDP/T) include

  • Processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 (8084) (4x Krait 450 cores @ up to 2.7GHz); Adreno 420 GPU; Hexagon QDSP6 V5A (600MHz)
  • Memory:
    • 3GB LPDDR3 RAM
    • 64GB eMMC 5.0 flash
    • MicroSD slot (covered) with 8GB card
  • Display — 10.06-inch, 2560 × 1440 (WQHD) IPS display with 16:9 aspect ratio and capacitive 10-finger multitouch
  • Cameras:
    • 13-megapixel rear-facing with flash (1080p, 60 fps)
    • 2-megapixel front-facing (1080p, 60 fps)
    • 2x 3D gesture cameras with IR LED
  • Audio:
    • Surround-sound stereo speakers
    • 3.5 mm headset jack with ANC support
    • 7x mics for Fluence Pro with ultrasound pen and gestures
    • Ultrasound emitter for gestures
    • 7.1 channel Dolby Digital Plus or DTS audio playback
    • 5.1 channel surround sound recording
  • Wireless:
    • Qualcomm VIVE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz/5GHz)
    • Bluetooth 4.0/3.1/LE
    • NFC
    • GPS
  • Sensors:
    • 3D accelerometers
    • 3-axis gyro
    • 3-axis magnetometer (compass)
    • Ambient light sensor
    • Temperature and pressure sensors
    • Ambient humidity sensor
  • Other I/O — Micro USB 3.0 OTG (SuperSpeed); Micro-HDMI
  • Other features — fingerprint scanner; volume, power, home, reset, and screen rotation lock buttons
  • Operating System — Android 4.4

Further information

The Intrinsyc Mobile Development Platform Tablet (MDP/T) is available for $799. More information may be found at the MDP/T product page.

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