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qualcomm 4k streaming dongle

Qualcomm has made a prototype dongle that's capable of streaming 4K video.

It's like the Google Chromecast on steroids.

The prototype was shown off at an industry event attended by analyst Patrick Moorhead. It's thought Qualcomm – which makes chips for mobile phones – will offer the design to manufacturers so they can produce their own branded 4K streaming dongles.

At the moment, it's intended for us punters to stream 4K videos we've made on our phones to our TVs. But with the likes of Netflix readying 4K streaming, there's no reason we couldn't soon be beaming that to our tellies instead. It's likely to be more entertaining than our homemade efforts, for starters.

It also doubles as a wireless dock for mobile devices, and will let you project whatever's on-screen onto the TV. Just like Google Chromecast, in other words.

Don't expect to see it hit the shops for a while though. There's still a dearth of 4K footage around, and while Netflix does offer it, it charges extra. Indeed, a while ago CEO Reed Hastings said the resolution is five years away from being mainstream.

Amazon is also planning 4K streaming. According to a recent leak, it should offer it before the end of the month.

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