Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 805 processor was announced in November last year, and contains a set of exciting feature upgrades over the current Snapdragon 800 chip. We were hoping to see the first phones using the chip at Mobile World Congress, but new flagship phones such as the Sony Xperia Z2 chose the Snapdragon 801 instead.
Mid-2014 was touted as the time when phones with the 805 inside would go on sale, and thanks to a new leak, one of the first phones to do so may have finally been revealed. It’s Pantech’s Vega Iron 2. Sadly, Pantech doesn’t sell phones in the UK, and sure enough, this one looks likely to be sold primarily in South Korea.
The quad-core, 2.5GHz chip is the Vega Iron 2′s headline feature, but the rest of the phone is hardly a disgrace. It’s expected to have a 5.5-inch, 1080p touchscreen, a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 3-megapixel front camera, and 2GB of RAM. In South Korea, the phone should also connect to the super-fast LTE-A networks.
In the photos, the phone looks sleek and modern, but probably won’t be made out of iron, despite its name. There’s no indication when the phone will go on sale, but sometime before June or July would fit in with Qualcomm’s own estimates. As for us in the UK, there’s no word on when we’ll see a phone using the Snapdragon 805.