Items tagged with Snapdragon

We can finally put an end date on the long wait for the Samsung Galaxy S4. According to a trusted source, the much-hyped handset will first land at AT&T on April 26th, and we’re told that it will boast up to 2.5 times the performance of its predecessor, the Galaxy S3, at least in certain benchmarks.  AnTuTu was noted as the metric this performance was observed in. The Galaxy S4 will also sport 4GB of RAM and rock a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor. Non-U.S. devices will have just 2GB of RAM, and we’ve heard previously that they will have either the aforementioned Snapdragon chip or a Samsung Exynos 5 Octa inside. This beauty to be available April 26th AT&T... Read more...
If you’re sipping a beverage right now, go ahead and swallow before we give you the price tag for the new Sony Xperia ZL smartphone. Ready? It’s $759.99. If you’ve been eagerly anticipating the release of the Xperia ZL, you can preorder the device on the Sony Store and receive your phone “on or about” April 8th. All that scratch will get you a beautiful and powerful 4G LTE smartphone with Android 4.1 on board that features a near bezel-less 5-inch display (1920x1080), 1.5 GHz Quad Core Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB of RAM, and up to 16GB of internal storage (up to 32GB with a microSD card). The front-facing camera is 2MP and shoots in 1080p, and the rear camera is... Read more...
While the verdict remains out on which CPU will find itself inside of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S4, a result posted to Browsermark's database today leads us to believe that it's going to become the market-leader - at least where raw CPU performance is concerned. The result references "GT-I9500", which is widely believed to be the internal codename for the S4. The phone scores an impressive 2710, with testing having been conducted using Google Chrome 25. By comparison, the iPhone 5 previously topped Browsermark's list with a score of 2416 (using Safari). Samsung's soon-to-be-previous-flagship Galaxy S III LTE scores 2359. With these results, it appears that Samsung's Galaxy IV will be sitting... Read more...
NVIDIA has not been shy about claiming that its new Tegra 4 processor is the mobile chip to beat, and indeed, looking at the numbers, it’s hard to disagree. At least one person takes issue with that claim, however, and he happens to be the Senior VP of Product Management (Raj Talluri) for NVIDIA competitor Qualcomm, maker of the Snapdragon series of mobile processors. ZTE Grand Memo 2, packing the Snapdragon 800 According to The Verge, Talluri claims that Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 can easily defeat the Tegra 4. The chip, he noted, has some impressive highlights, including having an LTE modem on-die and the ability to handle Ultra HD content, and the rest of the specs are no less impressive;... Read more...
Samsung has bravely used its homegrown Exynos processor in its mobile devices, and for the most part that’s been a successful endeavor. Further, it makes sense to keep as much of the manufacturing process in-house, because companies can avoid dealing with third party licensing fees and contracts, can act more quickly to resolve any issues, and exert more control over the actual manufacturing process. However, Samsung appears to be changing its tune on that strategy. According to SamMobile, the company is ditching Exynos for its upcoming Samsung Galaxy S IV phone in favor of a Snapdragon 600 (1.9 GHz) processor. The phone will also reportedly have Full HD SoLux Display instead of AMOLED.... Read more...
While the latest and greatest always piques our interest, not every device necessarily has to be a flagship product. At CES this year, Qualcomm introduced two hyper-powered Snapdragon chips for mobile devices. Now, the company is ushering in two more, albeit for lower-end products. Slotting in beneath the Snapdragon 800 and 600, the new Snapdragon 400 and 200 are being produced to "take Qualcomm’s technology leadership into the mid-tier and entry level smartphone segments." Snapdragon 400 processor hits at the mid-range, with options including: Dual Krait CPUs running at up to 1.7GHz per core featuring Asynchronous Symmetric Multiprocessing (aSMP), which delivers peak performance while... Read more...
Earlier today, we posted some leaked photos of the upcoming HTC One handset (which was known as the HTC M7 when we first caught wind of the phone last year), and now we have the official details on (and official photos of) the device. The HTC One is the company’s new flagship phone, and it boasts some attractive specs. Available in black or silver with an aluminum unibody, the phone is 4G LTE enabled and has a 1.7GHz Snapdragon quad-core processor, 4.7-inch full HD (1080p) display, 2GB RAM, and 32GB or 64GB storage capacities. There are dual speakers on the front of the phone with a built-in amplifier for better sound output, and the audio experience is further enhanced by HTC BoomSound... Read more...
ASUS announced the successor to the PadFone, the aptly named PadFone 2, at an event in Milan. The 4.7-inch (1280x720 HD) phone--which is close to being a phablet by itself--docks in the PadFone 2 Station to become a 10.1-inch tablet. The PadFone 2 sports a quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chip, an impressive 2GB of RAM, and a 13MP camera that features 100-shot burst mode and 1080p or 720p HD (30fps or 60fps, respectively). There’s up to 64GB of storage on board, which is paired with two years of free 50GB ASUS WebStorage. Storage capacity between the PadFone 2 and PadFone 2 Station is shared, and the devices will also share a data plan. ASUS is also proud of the audio quality of... Read more...
What does DISH Network and Qualcomm have in common? A lot, evidently. DISH today announced a fairly major collaboration with Qualcomm, which will enable support of satellite-based communications in Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 platform, the world's first dual-core solution with an integrated multi-mode 3G/LTE modem, for use in future DISH wireless devices. The new satellite air interface technology developed by Qualcomm is a 3G-based standard referred to as Enhanced Geostationary Air Link (EGAL). This initiative will enable the development of mobile handsets and devices for DISH that can operate in both terrestrial and satellite modes in the 2 GHz/AWS-4 band. What's that mean, exactly? It... Read more...
Qualcomm announced a Pro version of its Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 chip, which features the Adreno 320 GPU instead of the older-generation Adreno 225 and a promised 4x boost in performance. Among the Adreno 320’s features is the ability to access the GPU’s computational capabilities through APIs that open the door to next-generation 3D graphics, hardware acceleration to enhance the Windows experience and gaming, and more. According to Qualcomm, the new Pro version is specifically optimized for Windows 8. The new chips should hit the market sometime in the second half of 2012. Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon S4 “Pro” Processor Pro Version Builds on Success of First Snapdragon... Read more...
Qualcomm announced a slew of new and updated processors in its Snapdragon entry-level S1 and next-generation device S4 product lines. The company has upgraded its S1 MSM7225A, MSM7625A, MSM7227A and MSM7627A chips to offer better performance and also drive migration from 2G to 3G for entry-level smartphones. On the S4 side, things are more comprehensive and include processors, chipsets, and software. Snapdragon S4 chips will power everything from basic smartphones to tablets, and in tandem with Qualcomm software and any of its eight newly-announced S4 chipsets (making eleven total), will offer all the feature sets and connectivity technologies one could ask for on a mobile device. Look for Snapdragon... Read more...
Look out Apple, slide aside Samsung, and move over Motorola because the gauntlet has been thrown, and boy has it ever. Making the most out of a press event in San Francisco, Hewlett-Packard formally (and finally) rolled out its long awaited webOS tablet, the HP TouchPad. HP's challenger enters the ring measuring 13.7 millimeters thick and weighing 1.6 pounds with a capacitive screen span extending 9.7 inches. It looks strikingly similar to the iPad, but the hardware is a different story. Motoring the HP TouchPad is a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor, which we think is worth repeating. Ready? Here we go: Motoring the HP TouchPad is a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor. That alone should... Read more...
It's been two days since AMD's Board of Directors announced it was firing then-CEO Dirk Meyer and new information on the board's reasoning has begun to appear. As we suspected, it was Meyer's decision not to focus on a new ultra-mobile processor that incurred the board's wrath. The particular incident in question is believed to be the decision to sell AMD's Imageon technology to Qualcomm in January of 2009 for $65 million. Qualcomm took the ARM-based Imageon core, integrated it with the company's own Snapdragon SoC, and has produced a line of profitable handsets. This, apparently, cheesed the BoD at Sunnyvale right the heck off. This information has sparked fresh conversation over whether or... Read more...
It's official folks, Acer has gone and formally announced its Liquid Metal, the real sequel to the Liquid E but with a much cooler name and more stylish body. The new smartphone comes built around Google's Android 2.2 platform and sports the same 800MHz Snapdragon processor as the T-Mobile G2. Acer is putting a big emphasis on speed with the Liquid Metal, a combination of the speedy chipset, Froyo platform, 3G support, and even Wireless-N. Unlike the Liquid E, this latest model replaces the mostly plastic body of its predecessor with a sturdier design (steel) flanked by chrome trim. It comes in either brown or silver and will begin selling in the UK in mid-November for around $475. Acer Liquid... Read more...
T-Mobile's latest myTouch smartphone aims to take advantage of the wireless carrier's new "super-fast" HSPA+ mobile broadband network. The latest T-Mobile myTouch supports video chat both when a Wi-Fi connection is available as well as through T-Mobile's wireless network. With HSPA+, the new myTouch has a theoretical capability of 14.4Mbps. Currently, T-Mobile offers HSPA+ coverage in more than 65 major metropolitan areas. Key features of the new myTouch include a 3.8-inch WVGA touchscreen, Qualcomm Snapdragon 1GHz MSM8255 processor, a 5-megapixel camera, and a preinstalled 8 GB microSD memory card. The smartphone is powered by Android 2.2. It is expected to be available in time for the holidays... Read more...
When Apple launched the iPad last April, Qualcomm's Snapdragon QSD8250 was a popular point of comparison. The results, if you were a Qualcomm fan, were a bit disappointing. Clock-for-clock, the 1GHz A4 generally whomped all over the 1GHz Snapdragon. To be fair, this could also be the result of unoptimized software or strict power conservation settings, but neither factor prevented Qualcomm from looking like the red-headed stepchild. The previous generation QSD8650. The 8672 promises an additional core and extra rawr. By Q4 the tables may have turned. In June, Qualcomm shipped its first 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon and it expects to launch a 1.5GHz dual-core QSD8672 built on 45nm technology. The... Read more...
The hottest mobile chip in town is Qualcomm's blazing fast Snapdragon processor, which LG has managed to catch and stuff inside its latest Android-powered smartphone, the Optimus Q. While the Chocolate had long begun showing its age, the Optimus Q brings to the table several modern amenities, including an AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, touch-sensitive optical trackpad, accelerometer sensor for auto-rotation duties, 3GB of internal storage, up to 32GB of expandable storage via a microSD card slot, 5MP camera with autofocus and LED flash, and other odds and ends. But let's not kid around, it's the Android/Snapdragon/QWERTY keyboard combo that's the real selling point here and gives LG a fighting... Read more...
Qualcomm announced the third generation of its popular Snapdragon family of chipsets. The new Mobile Station Modem (MSM) MSM8260 and MSM8660 solutions use two of the company's enhanced cores running at up to 1.2GHz. According to Qualcomm, the MSM8260 and MSM8660 are the first members of the Snapdragon family to have a dual-core processor. The dual cores will enable smartphones to have enough processing power to handle video at 1080p and screen resolutions up to 1280 x 800. The company is currently shipping engineering samples of the new chipsets to smartphone makers. Qualcomm Ships First Dual-CPU Snapdragon Chipset Third-generation Snapdragon Solutions Feature Two Application Processor Cores... Read more...
At a press conference in Beijing yesterday, Acer showed off its upcoming Stream smartphone. The Stream will run on Android 2.1 and has a 1GHz Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm, 512MB of RAM, 2GB of internal Flash memory, and a 3.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen. Acer has customized the Android UI with animations and a 3D interface. Another unique software feature of the Stream is its screen layout, which uses a status bar as a divider between application history and application icons. You'll find applications such as Facebook, the Twidroid Twitter client, and Nemo player preinstalled on the phone. The phone will also have Spinlets, which lets you access and stream hundreds of songs, videos, and TV... Read more...
This summer, Sprint customers will be able to get their hands on the world's first 3G/4G Android-powered smartphone. Otherwise known as the HTC EVO, this smartphone features a 4.3-inch touchscreen, 8 megapixel camera, HD video capture capabilities, HDMI output, and the HTC Sense user interface. Behind the scenes, the EVO is powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. Thanks to the phone's built-in mobile hotspot functionality, you can share the 4G connectivity with up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices. The phone also has dual cameras—an 8 megapixel autofocus camera and a forward-facing 1.3 megapixel camera. After capturing video, you can upload it to YouTube, Facebook, or share it live over... Read more...
Michael Dell, it seems, likes to live with his upcoming products a bit before the company releases them to market.  Apparently, the casually unsuspecting Dell CEO decided he'd show off his goods to a passing-by member of the TechCrunch team.  And no it wasn't a Rolex knock off but perhaps something just as flashy.  The Dell Mini 5, as he called it, is a 1GHz Snapdragon-driven MID (Mobile Internet Device) running the Android OS.  It reportedly has a built-in 5MP camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G connectivity.  Have a look-see... The Mini 5 is a 5-inch tablet PC that is rumored to be selling for the hefty sum of over $1K but that's before contract with a 3G carrier of... Read more...
Up until now two major things have evaded AT&T: an Android phone and Snapdragon. If you're unfamiliar with the second, Snapdragon is a new mobile CPU that can be clocked as high as 1GHz, and the phones based on that CPU are understandably quick. Starting this week, AT&T will at least be able to say that it stocks a 1GHz smartphone (that sounds funny just saying it!), as LG Mobile's eXpo has made its debut on the US carrier.The phone is a real workhorse, and it sports a few really unique features. For starters, it supports AT&T's growing 7.2Mbps HSPA network, which is the fastest form of 3G on AT&T. Moreover, it's the first phone in America to support an optional integrated pico... Read more...
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