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The OnePlus team has confirmed that the forthcoming OnePlus 2 handset will feature Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 System-on-Chip (SoC). We know what you're thinking and it goes a little something like this -- 'Holy hell, have they not seen the reports about the Snapdragon 810 overheating?' Turns out OnePlus is fully aware of the situation, which is why the company insisted that Qualcomm build a revised version for the OnePlus 2. "Although there have been reports that the 810 runs warmer than its predecessors, we assure you that we have taken all the necessary precautions and beyond to prevent this from... Read more...
Things aren't looking all that great for Qualcomm and its Snapdragon 810 (MSM8994) System-on-Chip. Following several reports of overheating, it's now being said that the chip maker's flagship part will fall short of sales targets. Apparently shipments of the Snapdragon 810 to key customers around the globe are falling short of what Qualcomm previously forecast.Qualcomm denies there's an overheating problem with its part, though reports from owners of several different handsets that use the chip suggest otherwise. Even Sony has acknowledged the issue with its Xperia Z3+ and Xperia Z4 handsets and... Read more...
Qualcomm can't seem to catch a break when it comes to its Snapdragon 810 System-on-Chip (SoC) and overheating rumors. The latest to join the fray is Sony and its Xperia Z3+, along with the Xperia Z4, essentially the same handset with a different model number of the Japanese market. Sony has confirmed that both devices can overheat under certain circumstances and has promised a software fix. Over in the Netherlands, testing has revealed the Xperia Z3+ can overheat when using the camera or playing a game that taxes the GPU. When this happens, the phone gets hot to the touch and whichever app is at... Read more...
At Google's I/O conference, held late this week, Qualcomm announced that the next-generation Project Tango platform is going to sport its Snapdragon 810 processor, which packs in the very capable Adreno 430 GPU. As we've covered before, Project Tango is Google's upcoming smartphone and tablet platform that revolves around using the device for 3D purposes. With it, you could capture and turn the environment around you into a 3D model, something that multiple cameras and infrared sensors would help with. With its Snapdragon 810 processor, Qualcomm says that it will allow Project Tango to deliver... Read more...
“That’s all I can stands, I can’t stands no more!” Qualcomm is sick and tired of the trash talking revolving around its high-end Snapdragon 810 processor and is now looking to set the records straight. If you’ve paid any attention to the tech scene over the past six months or so, you’ve no doubt heard countless reports on how the Snapdragon 810 is a beastly chip that is prone to overheating. It was reported that Samsung initially was going to incorporate the Snapdragon 810 in its Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, but was troubled by overheating concerns and instead went with its homegrown Exynos 7420.... Read more...
LG officially lifted the veil on their G4 flagship Android phone this week and the buzz has been fairly strong in anticipation for how it measures up versus stiff competition from Samsung and Apple. LG's display prowess is well known, along with their ability to pack a ton of screen real estate into a smaller frame with very little bezel, as they did with the previous generation G3. However, what's under the hood of the new LG G4 is probably just as interesting for some folks, as the build quality and display of LG's new flagship. On board the LG G4 is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, the six-core... Read more...
NASA is teaming up with a San Francisco company called Osterhout Design Group (ODG) to test the feasibility of using smart glasses on space missions. By taking advantage of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technology, astronauts will don computerized glasses built by ODG to making working on space projects a bit easier. There are several early uses that have already been identified, such as using "Assisted Reality" software to enable line of sight check lists, guided support via telepresence, and the ability to overlay digital markers on machinery or equipment,... Read more...
When it comes to fingerprint technology used in today’s smartphones, many look to Apple’s Touch ID as the standard-bearer. Touch ID was introduced with the iPhone 5s and was improved upon with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPad Air 2. Touch ID provides 360-degree readability, doesn’t require you to swipe your finger (as its name implies), and provides authentication for Apple Pay. But Qualcomm has announced a new fingerprint reader, Snapdragon Sense ID, which looks to one-up Apple through the use of ultrasonic sound wave technology. Qualcomm claims that the ultrasonic technology used in Sense... Read more...
Many of the higher end and flagship devices on tap for the coming weeks and months will sport Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 processor inside, a 64-bit System-on-Chip (SoC) featuring quad-core ARM Cortex A57 and A53 CPUs. But what's potentially even more exciting is a cognitive platform Qualcomm is working on that will be supported by its forthcoming Snapdragon 820 processor. More on that in a moment, but first a few details about the chip itself. Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 is being designed on a leading edge FinFET process node, though the company didn't say if it's using TSMC's 16nm manufacturing process... Read more...
It's been five years since Steve Kondik posted a custom Android ROM for the T-Mobile G1 (HTC Dream) on XDA forum under the "CyanogenMod" handle. It set the foundation for what has become the most popular open-source Android community distribution today, though that's far from the end of the story. Just the opposite, the best is yet to come, and to celebrate this new beginning, Cyanogen has a new brand identity. "Today we're announcing a new look that we hope captures our commitment to openness. This new approach celebrates space, with minimal letterforms that don't quite connect, giving the logo... Read more...
Qualcomm is launching four new SoC SKUs today in an effort to add increased performance and beefed up functionality for mid-range smartphones. The new SoCs include the Snapdragon 415/425 and Snapdragon 618/620. The Snapdragon 415 and 425 are based on an octa-core Cortex A53 architecture and bring 64-bit support, ARMv8 instructions, and Quick Charge 2.0 support to the table. On the graphics side of things, the Snapdragon 415 and 425 now pack in an Adreno 405 GPU. The Snapdragon 415 and 425 seem pretty evenly matched up until this point, but there is one spec that differentiates the two SoCs: LTE... Read more...
Qualcomm managed to negotiate its way out of paying the full amount of what could have been a $1.6 billion fine in China over antitrust violations. Instead, China's National Development and Reform Commission imposed a record fine of $975 million, a figure Qualcomm agreed not to contest even though it's "disappointed" with how the investigation turned out. At the same time, Qualcomm said it's happy to have it done and over with. As part of the settlement, Qualcomm agreed to a number of terms and conditions mostly related to how it licenses technologies to companies in China. For example, Qualcomm... Read more...
Following a 14-month investigation into potential antitrust violations, Chinese regulators could fine U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm over 10 billion yuan, or $1.6 billion in U.S. currency. It would rank as China's largest antitrust penalty ever, though regulators and Qualcomm have been in discussions the past week and may reach a deal that would reduce the fine to $1 billion.According to Reuters, part of the deal includes Qualcomm taking a lower royalty rate on patents used in China -- it would reduce the amount by about a third of what it current takes. Qualcomm would also agree to change its licensing... Read more...
It would appear that even Qualcomm doesn't know for sure if its Snapdragon 810 System-on-Chip (SoC) will be used in Samsung's forthcoming Galaxy S6 smartphone. According to what's listed in the company's financial report for its first quarter of fiscal 2015 ended December 28, 2014, Qualcomm is expecting Samsung to use its own Exynos processor, though it's a little more complicated than that.Let's back up a moment. Just over a week ago, reports surfaced that Samsung was concerned with an overheating issue it ran into while testing the Snapdragon 810 part in its unreleased Galaxy S6 handset. Given... Read more...
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