Qualcomm is getting ready for CES 2016 next week, showing off their new chipset that has been designed for use in the next-generation of drones.

The processor was first announced back in autumn last year, but we are only just getting new details about it, and we expect we will have even more next week.

Called the Snapdragon Flight, the biggest aim of the processor is to cut to price of the average 4K camera drone by a fourth, whilst tripling the battery life according to Qualcomm.

To enhance it even further, Qualcomm put camera and communication tech onto that single chipset, which comes with a number of advantages, one of which being an autonomous navigation mode.

With this mode, users can control unmanned aerial vehicles and have it control itself, whilst dodging obstacles, with support for not only obstacle mapping, motion planning, optical flow camera, visual-inertial odometry and both 4K video and QuickCharge support.

All of this is based on the Snapdragon 801 processor, backed up by a 2.26GHz quad-core processor, and an Adreno 330 GPU.

It is already available for a number of manufacturers, with an expected commercial release in early 2016, with Yuneec to be the first to release a flight-powered drone.

We know that Qualcomm plans to demo Snapdragon Flight at CES next week, so we will have more information about it then, but until then you can watch the video below.

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