Qualcomm 4K Streaming Adaptor set to take down the Chromecast

Qualcomm 4K streaming stick

We have talked about the wondrous gadget known as the Chromecast at length, and oddly enough, nobody has really put out a device to challenge the streaming dongle. There are competitors, but they haven’t sold nearly as well. That may be about to change with the Qualcomm 4K Streaming Adapter.

There are more streaming devices than you can shake a stick at, but dongles like the Chromecast are popular do to their size and simplicity. That said, the Chromecast is limited and there are still a lot of things you can have issues streaming depending on your setup and technical knowledge. The Qualcomm 4K Streaming Adapter is like the Chromecast x10, and the inclusion of 4K streaming is going to open things up.

The device shown is a reference model of the Qualcomm 4K Streaming Adapter, and it actually has a Snapdragon 800 under the hood. Yup, the same chip that powers the Samsung Galaxy S5 and LG G3 has been crammed into a tiny device that plugs into your big screen. Whereas the Chromecast works with WiFi, Qualcomm’s new 4K dongle will let you connect with WiFi and LTE-U. It’s also reported to run a full version of Android, and what you see will depend on what software the manufacturers have installed.  That’s where things could get interesting…

As Qualcomm doesn’t tend to roll out consumer products, the Qualcomm 4K Streaming Adapter could be rebranded by several parties. That Snapdragon 800 could eventually turn into the 810 as well, and the actual interface could allow for gaming considering the extra horsepower. If you could pick up one with the Android TV platform pre-installed, it would quickly become one of the hottest selling gadgets of the year.

At this time, there has been no word on which partners Qualcomm may have been in talks with, but the company has said interest is “strong” in their new streaming device. It may be a while before we see the Qualcomm 4K Streaming Adapter on retail shelves, but we have a feeling it will give the Chromecast a run for its money when it arrives.

Source: Slashgear

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