It’s not uncommon for developers to use reference devices to test their apps and games. These devices are usually not very aesthetically pleasing as their sole purpose is to test software on them to show the capabilities of comparable hardware. A small Canadian company called Intrinsyc has previously built a Media Development Platform (MDP) tablet to showcase the capabilities of the Snapdragon 805, as they are actually allied with Qualcomm. Now, they are building some more reference devices integrating Qualcomm’s most powerful processor, the Snapdragon 820. This processor will probably equip a large number of flagship devices running Android, as it is supposed to bring twice the performance of its predecessor and it is said to be more power efficient. Additionally, all of the devices are running Android 6.0.
The first device is a phone with a 6.2-inch display with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels, 3 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal memory. There’s a 21-megapixel camera on the back with dual LED flash, but there’s no information regarding the front-facing camera. On the back there are also some microphones and there’s a mysterious circular cut out below the camera, the speaker grille can be seen at the bottom. There are some sensors in the front, possibly an additional microphone and Qualcomm’s ultrasonic fingerprint scanner is located at the bottom. The phone is priced at $799.
The tablet has a 10.1-inch display with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, there’s a 21-megapixel resolution camera on the back with dual LED flash, from the pictures we can see that the same ultrasonic fingerprint scanner is located at the bottom, it seems to feature front firing stereo speakers and there are some ports in the left side. It seems to have a removable back and there is an attachable component that fits in the bottom. The tablet is priced at $999. There’s a board called Open-Q820, which features 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB (UFS 2.0) of storage with a Micro SD card slot. It includes a HDMI port and an optional attachable 4.5-inch touchscreen in addition to a 13-megapixel camera. This board costs $599. All of the devices will be available on December 31st and none of them can connect to cellular networks for calls or data, although the first two devices can be connected to WiFi. So really, these seem to be the first devices to use the Snapdragon 820 processor, although they are not targeted to consumers.