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The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is still a few months away from its official debut, but rumors surrounding the upcoming flagship Android smartphone continue to swirl. The latest news from the rumor mill sheds some light onto the smartphone’s processor, which reportedly won’t be the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. Instead, the Galaxy Note 8 is said to be powered by a faster, unannounced processor from Qualcomm: the Snapdragon 836. Similar to last year’s Snapdragon 821, which was a higher-clocked variant of the Snapdragon 820, the Snapdragon 836 will reportedly increase maximum clock speeds from 2.45GHz to 2.6GHz.... Read more...
All of the major wireless carriers in the United States have been upgrading their networks and trying to obtain more spectrum in attempts to offer the fastest and most robust connectivity. The next big thing is 1 gigabit downloads. Unfortunately for Apple and fans of the iPhone, a legal dispute with Qualcomm could leave the iPhone 8 behind the competition in this regard. Qualcomm sells an LTE modem chipset for smartphones that is capable of downloading content at up to 1Gbps. Intel is currently working on a modem chipset of its own that will offer the same performance, but it does not look like... Read more...
Qualcomm and Microsoft are on the verge of ushering in a new class of always-connected mobile devices that run full-blown Windows 10. The two tech titans are enabling ARM-based Snapdragon 835 processors to run Windows 10 with full x86 emulation, meaning that devices will be capable of not only running Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps from the Windows Store, but legacy win32 apps as well. And there is little question, Intel is likely none too pleased with the situation. "Today's consumers experience mobility in nearly every aspect of their lives and they've come to expect more from their PCs... Read more...
Smartphones have become a big part of our daily lives. Whether it is texting a buddy or looking up driving directions, smartphones see a lot of use. That is why battery life is such an important metric. Equally as important is how fast a mobile device can charge. Qualcomm has been leading the charge in that regard with its Quick Charge technology, and its new Quick Charge 4+ program ups the ante with several improvements. "When Quick Charge 4 was announced, it promised to bring even faster charging than its predecessor, allowing a device to go from empty to 50 percent in just 15 minutes. We added... Read more...
Microsoft turned a lot heads late last year when it announced that Windows 10 would soon offer native support for ARM processors. More specifically, that support has only been extended to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon family of SoCs (System on Chip), which are typically reserved for smartphones and tablets. Today, Qualcomm announced that it has signed up three major OEMs to deliver mobile PCs using the Snapdragon 835 Mobile PC Platform. ASUS, HP and Lenovo have all committed to delivering new computing experiences later this that will come with standard gigabit-class LTE (courtesy of... Read more...
The newness hasn’t even worn off the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, but there’s already talk of its successor. Most reports seemed to agree that upcoming flagship will be called the Snapdragon 845, but the finer details are where there are some discrepancies between the varying reports. The latest news coming from MyDrivers suggests that the Snapdragon 845 will be still be based on a 10nm Low Power Early (LPE) FinFET process instead of Samsung’s second-generation Low Power Plus (LPP) process, which seems suspect. “With our successful 10LPE production experience, we have commenced production of the 10LPP... Read more...
It seems as though Qualcomm is hoping to put some pressure on Apple to settle a patent infringement lawsuit by going after the companies that supply components for Apple's iPhone and iPad devices. The savvy legal maneuver brings Foxconn into the fight, which is Apple's largest supplier of iPhones and other other products, along with three other Taiwanese manufacturers. The scuffle between Qualcomm and Apple has to do with a disagreement over royalties. Back in January, Apple accused Qualcomm in a lawsuit of what amounts to extortion by claiming the semiconductor maker withheld $1 billion in promised... Read more...
Google I/O is in full swing right now, and there are a flurry of announcements to tackle. One rather intriguing one for those that follow all of the hoopla surrounding virtual reality technology is the announcement made by Google in conjunction with Qualcomm. The pair collaborated to develop a standalone Daydream VR headset that uses the Snapdragon 835 platform. We haven’t exactly heard much with regards to Daydream from Google’s partners since the project was first announced last year, with the only high-profile devices being Google’s own Pixel devices, the LG G6, Moto Z family and the ASUS ZenFone... Read more...
It’s easy for us to get caught up with the “top of the ticket” when it comes to smartphone processors. On the Qualcomm side of things, the top dog offering is most definitely the new Snapdragon 835, which powers Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones. However, there are less potent mid-range chips that will find their way into a plethora of affordable smartphones in the coming months. Over the past six months, the Snapdragon 626 and 653 have been tasked with fueling Qualcomm's mid-range efforts. Now, Qualcomm is announcing the successors to the two chips: the Snapdragon... Read more...
The ongoing dispute between Apple and Qualcomm is heating up in a big way. These two companies have been arguing over licensing fees and rebates, with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) getting involved earlier this year. As the squabble continues, it is being reported that Qualcomm is planning to ask the International Trade Commission (ITC) to ban the import of iPhone devices into the United States. A little back history is in order. Back in January, Apple sued Qualcomm for extortion claiming the semiconductor maker owed it as much as $1 billion in promised rebates related to licensing agreements.... Read more...
In more ways than just one, Star Trek was able to predict the future, though at the time of the show's airing, the ideas may have seemed outlandish. A universal translator? Anyone with a smartphone or PC can take advantage of that these days. A Tablet-style computer? Well, we don't need to elaborate there. We've even seen examples of the Holodeck come to fruition. Toy Replica Of The Star Trek Tricorder - credit: Flickr user keithius And now, thanks to the Qualcomm-funded X Prize competition, we're able to add Tricorders to that list; at least, the kind of Tricorder that focuses on medical applications.... Read more...
Apple leveled some pretty serious allegations against Qualcomm earlier this year, citing anticompetitive licensing practices (among other things). The Cupertino, California-based company likened Qualcomm’s practices to extortion and asked for $1 billion in payments that were allegedly withheld. “Qualcomm built its business on older, legacy, standards but reinforces its dominance through exclusionary tactics and excessive royalties,” said Apple back in late January. “We are extremely disappointed in the way Qualcomm is conducting its business with us and unfortunately after years of disagreement... Read more...
Based on its features, specs and power consumption claims, Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 835 SoC (or Mobile Platform, as Qualcomm is referring to it now) was already looking like a notable improvement over the Snapdragon 820 and 821. The Snapdragon 835 is expected to provide up to 11 hours of 4K video playback and more than a day of talk time on next-gen smartphones with a single charge, for starters. However, it will also serve up hours of VR gaming and claimed general performance lifts of up to 25 percent in both CPU and graphics/gaming workloads. Regardless, until now, we could only speculate... Read more...
With all the focus these days on mid-range and high-end smartphones, it is easy to forget that some people still rely on rather basic “feature” phones. While those of us with iPhone and Galaxy flagships may take for granted such things as LTE connectivity, who’s to say that those who buy a brand-new feature phone should be exempt from the luxuries of high bandwidth? That’s where Qualcomm comes into the picture with the 205 Mobile Platform (check out our previous coverage on Qualcomm’s reasoning for renaming its SoC families). The chip company is looking to bring its 205 Mobile Platform to entry-level... Read more...
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