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You don't need us to tell you that not all smartphones aren't created equal, but did you know that's even sometimes true of the same model shipping to different markets? Samsung has been known to use multiple chipsets in the same model smartphone shipping to different territories, and its forthcoming Galaxy S7 smartphone might be the next handset to go down that road.Citing South Korea's Electronic Times and its unnamed industry sources, Reuters reports that Samsung will use two different mobile processors in the Galaxy S7. Models shipping to the U.S. market and China will reportedly rock Qualcomm's... Read more...
Qualcomm is promising faster phone charges by way of Quick Charge 3.0, the next generation of its fast charging technology. What's different about Quick Charger 3.0 versus the first two iterations is the ability to employ something called Intelligent Negotiation for Optimum Voltage (INOV). In plain English, INOV is an algorithm that allows portable devices to determine the exact power level needed for optimal power transfer at any point in time rather than rely on a predetermined voltage limit across the board. It also supports wider voltage options -- a mobile device can dynamically adjust the... Read more...
Drones are becoming a big business, with even companies like Sony getting into the fray with its Aerosense Camera Drone. However, creating new commercials drone from scratch is not an easy task, and there are many barriers to entry. Not to mention, there’s a huge elephant in the room in the form of DJI, which rules the drone market with an iron fist. However, Qualcomm is looking to tear down those barriers of entries by bringing technology originally means for smartphones to drones. Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight is aimed at both robotics and consumer drone platforms and at its heart is a 2.26GHz quad-core... Read more...
Qualcomm has been hyping the heck out of its Snapdragon 820 System-on-Chip (SoC) and if it lives up the hype, it's going to be one hell of a chip. It will have fast graphics processing, a new Spectra Camera Image Signal Processor (ISP) that can support up to three cameras simultaneously at up to 25MP, machine learning capabilities, and the list goes on. Oh, and it will offer twice the performance of the Snapdragon 810. That latter bit is the latest claim from Qualcomm. In a new blog post, Qualcomm explains that it's been designing custom mobile processors for over 25 years and gaining valuable... Read more...
Whenever a chip maker comes out with a new processor or System-on-Chip (SoC) design, the first thing everyone wants to know is how fast it is. Clockspeeds and benchmarks underscoring raw compute power draw the most attention, though there's more to a processor than speed alone. For example, Qualcomm today revealed that its forthcoming Snapdragon 820 will real-time, on-device machine learning designed to detect zero-day malware threats. It will be the first platform to incorporate what Qualcomm is calling Snapdragon Smart Protect, which itself will be the first application to use Qualcomm Zeroth... Read more...
When Qualcomm revealed its next top-end Snapdragon chip a few weeks ago, called the 820, we heard lots of promises about its Adreno 530 GPU and Spectra ISP. Now, we're being fed some information regarding the next-gen Hexagon 680 DSP, which will be included in the SoC. DSP stands for digital signal processor, and is a specialized chip used in digital processing, such as with audio compression and video playback. As a chip with a specific function, it can draw much less power than the regular CPU in an SoC -- something super important when we're talking mobile. With its Hexagon 680 DSP, Qualcomm... Read more...
Samsung’s latest phone offering features a hexa-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a 16MP rear camera, and runs Android. Taking a quick glance at the specs, you could safely assume that this is yet another mid-range smartphone offering from South Korea’s electronics powerhouse; but you’d be dead wrong. Samsung’s new SM-G9198 is actually a brand new flip-phone aimed at those who eschew the dominate smartphone form-factor that has dominated the overall global phone market for years. Powering the device is Qualcomm’s potent 1.8GHz Snapdragon 808 processor, and you’ll find both 16GB of internal storage and... Read more...
It’s no secret that the Snapdragon 810 processor has been a bit of a sore spot for Qualcomm. The SoC was chastised for overheating problems and Samsung even passed over the chip for its homegrown Exynos 7420 processor. Qualcomm’s third quarter earnings (revenue fell by 14 percent to $5.8 billion and net income plummeted by 47 percent to $1.2 billion) also disappointed and the company announced efforts to reduce spending and slash its workforce by 15 percent (roughly 4,500 to 5,000 employees will be let go). Qualcomm is looking to not only regain the confidence of its OEM partners, but also Wall... Read more...
It's a good time to be a fan of technology. On the desktop front, Intel just launched Skylake (check out our review), and in the mobile world, Qualcomm is getting ready to release its Snapdragon 820 chipset, which will inevitably find its way into performance oriented handsets. We'll have official details later this month when Qualcomm formally introduces its flagship part, but in the meantime, leaked slides seem to reveal an awful lot about it.From a manufacturing standpoint, Snapdragon 820 represents a move to a 14nm FinFET node. This will bring "significant" power and thermal improvements compared... Read more...
Despite being the world's largest maker of mobile semiconductors for smartphones and feature phones, the future of Qualcomm is now in question. All eyes will be on Qualcomm as when it reports its fiscal third-quarter results tomorrow, as that's when it may announce what options it's considering to turn things around, including a potential breakup.According to The Wall Street Journal, activist investor Jana Partners LLC has been pushing for major changes at Qualcomm, hence why it's now considering a spinoff of its operations as well as other options. Jana holds a $2 billion stake in Qualcomm and... Read more...
The very ornery European Commission has set its sights on mobile chipmaker Qualcomm, which is the focus of two formal antitrust investigations into possible abusive behavior related to baseband chipsets used in consumer electronic devices. What investigators are looking into is whether or not Qualcomm essentially bribed customers with financial incentives not to buy from the competition, and if it engaged in predatory pricing -- charging below costs to drive competition out of the market. "We are launching these investigations because we want to be sure that high tech suppliers can compete... Read more...
HTC isn’t exactly at the top of its game these days. The company’s flagship One M9, while competent, has failed to reverse its weakening position in the smartphone market. Competition from the likes of Apple (with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus) and Samsung (with the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge) has been incredibly fierce, with Apple dominating the smartphone market in profits. With HTC not having much luck at the high-end, the company is moving down a few rungs by sprucing up its popular, mid-range Desire lineup. The new smartphones include the Desire 520, Desire 526, Desire 626, and Desire 626s.... Read more...
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...
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