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The best way to stay connected to the Android pulse. Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform is a feature-rich SoC heading to next year’s smartphones, Windows laptops, and, probably, virtual reality products.

The 845 features a number of improvements specifically designed to improve performance and bring new features to mobile AR and VR. Standalone VR has been a bit of a dud.

Perhaps Qualcomm’s latest chipset can reinvigorate the market with exciting new products. As part of its launch presentation, Qualcomm detailed a number of specific eXtended reality (XR) improvements for augmented and virtual reality applications.

The Snapdragon 845 supports two 2,400 x 2,400 pixel displays at 120 frames per second, for starters. One of the more important features is the introduction of foveated rendering and eye tracking, enabling better performance by reducing the GPU rendering load.

It’s no secret that mobile application processors don’t possess the same graphical horsepower as desktop graphics cards, there simply isn’t the power budget available from a battery and thermals are limited in compact form factors. Unfortunately this presents a major problem when rendering at the very high resolutions and frame rates demanded by virtual reality. Foveated rendering is a clever trick that lowers the rendering resolution of the scene that sits in your peripheral vision, thereby lightening the load on the graphics processor. Read more from…

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