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With its ZenFone 2 series, ASUS really seemed to hit the ball out of a digital park. For $200 USD, what the phone offered was ridiculously compelling, from its large 5.5-inch 1080p screen to its dual SIM slots to its beautiful aesthetic. While it wasn't the most powerful phone out there at the time, its price still made the phone feel like a great deal. In addition to the regular ZenFone 2, ASUS also offered a 'Deluxe' model, and it'll be doing the same thing with the ZenFone 3 series. In fact, it appears that the ZenFone 3 Deluxe will be the first ZF3 phone out on the market, and as expected,... Read more...
For the better part of the year, one of the most sought after System-on-Chips (SoCs) for flagship devices in the mobile world has been Qualcomm's speedy Snapdragon 820, an efficient chip highlighted by the company's first ever custom designed 64-bit Kyro CPU with clockspeeds up to 2.2GHz. Well, now  there's the Snapdragon 821, an even faster SoC that delivers a 10 percent bump in performance, according to Qualcomm.The heart and soul of the of the Snapdragon 821 is still Kyro, a potent part built on a 14nm FinFET manufacturing process. But instead of topping out at 2.2GHz, Snapdragon 821 can... Read more...
Qualcomm is in the process of optimizing its Snapdragon System-on-Chip (SoC) line to support Google's Project Tango augmented reality technology, the company announced this week. Support for Tango has already been extended to its popular Snapdragon 820 and Snapdragon 652 processors, while future Snapdragon 800 and 600 tier products will also dance with Tango. What this means is one less chip in phones designed for augmented reality chores based on Google's Project Tango technology. Rather than implement certain functions on an extra piece of hardware, the necessary sensors and algorithms are embedded... Read more...
After years of speculation, it appears that Intel has finally won a spot inside Apple’s iPhone 7 according to a new report from Bloomberg. Qualcomm has been the primary supplier of wireless modems inside iPhones for years, but its role will be diminished thanks to Apple’s new agreement with Intel. It’s not all sours news for Qualcomm, however, as it’s been reported that the company will still supply chips for CDMA versions of the iPhone, like those that operate on Verizon Wireless/Sprint in the United States and for the Chinese market. Intel chips will be used in GSM versions of the iPhone 7 (i.e.... Read more...
Qualcomm announced today at Computex the new Snapdragon Wear 1100 SoC. This particular processor is destined to fit into wearables for children and the elderly, fitness trackers, and smart headsets. It is intended to complement the Snapdragon Wear 2100 SoC, which is designed for multi-purpose wearables. Anthony Murray, Senior Vice President and General Manager, IoT, Qualcomm Technologies International, Ltd. stated, “We are delighted to add Snapdragon Wear 1100 to our Snapdragon Wear family, thus making it easier for customers to develop connected wearables with targeted... Read more...
The immediate comparisons are inevitable. Apple and Samsung are the two most dominant smartphone manufacturers in the world right now, commanding an overwhelming combined market share that dwarfs their competitors. So, when one of these mobile juggernauts releases a new flagship device, analysts, press, and consumers alike want to know how that new competitive product performs versus the other brand's current offering. The interest and buzz is logical. New doesn't always mean significantly more powerful or more innovative. Some product launches are mild refreshes, while others are major overhauls.... Read more...
The “Internet of Things” is not simply a catchy phrase to describe the impending influx of network-attached products. Of course, there are a myriad of network-attached products on the horizon, which cover everything from light-bulbs to doorbells, but one of the main tenets of the IoT is that all of these devices seamlessly work together. That may not be the case initially, but the overarching idea is that everything from home appliances, to computers, smartphones and automobiles – among many other things -- interact seamlessly and offer a good user experience.With that in mind, many industry leaders... Read more...
Companies like Google and Comcast make big to-dos whenever they expand their 1Gbps fiber optic Internet service into a new areas, and with good reason—that's really freaking fast. It's also wired, the same of which can't be said for Qualcomm's crazy-fast Snapdragon X16 LTE modem, the industry's first commercially announced cellular modem supporting Gigabit-class LTE connectivity. This sucker's built on a 14nm FinFET manufacturing process (just like AMD's forthcoming Zen architecture) and is paired with Qualcomm's RF Transreceiver (WRT5975). The obvious highlight is that it delivers fiber-like LTE... Read more...
Qualcomm unveiled a brand new mobile processor today, just don't expect to find it inside any upcoming smartphones or tablets. Instead, the company's new Snapdragon Wear 2100 System-on-Chip (SoC) is designed for the growing wearables market, and specifically for next-generation smartwatches. Size and certainly battery life are perhaps the two most important traits of a smartwatch. The Snapdragon Wear 2100 helps in both regards—according to Qualcomm, the new SoC is 30 percent smaller than previous generation wearables, which in turn will allow for thinner and sleeker product designs. And because... Read more...
Samsung today announced that it's begun mass producing 14nm LPP (Low-Power Plus) logic chips based on its three-dimensional (3D) FinFET process. The South Korean chip maker also confirmed that Qualcomm is among its "many foundry customers" and that it is fabricating Qualcomm's forthcoming Snapdragon 820 SoCs. FinFET isn't new to Samsung by any means. In the first quarter of last year, Samsung launched its own Exynos 7 Octa processor built on the industry's first 14nm LPE (Low-Power Early) process. The new LPP version is the second generation of Samsung's 14nm FinFET process technology and it will... Read more...
Qualcomm showed up at CES armed with a number of announcements. Some of the highlights include a new smartphone that utilizes the Snapdragon 820 processor from Letv, the Snapdragon 820 Automotive Family with Zeroth machine intelligence, and Audi’s selection of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 602A processors for its 2017 vehicles. Letv will be the world’s first tech company to use the Snapdragon 820 processor in its next generation of smartphone devices. The first phone to use this processor will be the Le Max Pro. This new smartphone will feature Snapdragon Sense ID fingerprint technology with... Read more...
A couple of months ago, chip monolith Qualcomm unveiled that it was developing a platform to help us take our drones to the next level. Aptly-named Snapdragon Flight, this is an all-in-one platform that lets drone creators produce some of the most advanced models we've ever seen, and we're not simply talking about being able to take great video here. At its core, Snapdragon Flight is designed to offer beefy computation on board because drones that use it are meant to be as full-featured as possible. Qualcomm touts the support of 4K video capture with an optical flow camera as well as stereo cameras.... Read more...
Qualcomm is a dominant player in the mobile market when it comes to SoCs and 3G/4G basebands. In the baseband sector alone, Qualcomm held a commanding 61 percent of the global market in Q1 2015. However, the European Commission is a bit suspicious of Qualcomm’s dominance and is accusing the American company of impropriety with regards to its operations. The European Commission’s preliminary findings show that Qualcomm illegally gave money to a [currently] unnamed smartphone OEM in an effort to ensure that only its 3G and LTE baseband chips were used, effectively blocking any other competitors.... Read more...
PC gamers and longtime HotHardware readers will no doubt be familiar with the Killer series of network controllers. We’ve taken a look at a number of the add-in versions over the years, including the original beast with the massive “K” heatsink. Many of today’s gamer-targeted motherboards also feature Killer networking technology, like this Gigabyte motherboard we recently looked at, for example.Though at their core Killer NICs are network controllers, that function just like more basic, mainstream solutions, they offer additional features designed to enhance performance and potentially improve... Read more...
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