Items tagged with Snapdragon

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...
Acer officially announced its first Android smartphone, the Acer Liquid A1. The Liquid A1 is also the first handset running the Android platform that will use Qualcomm’s 1GHz Snapdragon processor.  The Liquid A1 features Acer's own proprietary UI, a WVGA touchscreen, HSPA connectivity, and a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus, geo-tagging, ISO, and a self-timer.Thanks to the speedy Qualcomm chipset, the Liquid A1 will be able to support 3D graphics. The phone will run Android 1.6. To date, we've only seen one other shipping smartphone (the Toshiba TG01) and one upcoming smartphone (the HTC HD2) that uses Snapdragon. Both of these handsets run Windows Mobile rather than Android. It's been... Read more...
Quick question—what's smaller than a netbook, bigger than a smartphone, and doesn't conform to Intel's definition of a MID (Mobile Internet Device?) If you guessed "smartbooks," give yourself a pat on the back for being prescient. If you've never heard of a smartbook before, don't feel bad; the term refers to a series of ARM-based sub-netbooks companies like Acer, Foxconn, and Pegatron all intend to back. The name is a portmaneau between "smart phone" and "netbook;" the devices themselves are meant to echo the various feature sets common on today's cell phones. Smartbooks were unveiled for the first time at Computex last June, but we'll reportedly see an array of these devices on the market by... Read more...
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