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Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon Wear 2100 is designed for smartwatches

Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100

Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100

#Qualcomm has just released the Snapdragon Wear 2100 wearable meant specifically for #AndroidWear smartwatches. Android Wear OEMs currently use the company’s Snapdragon 400 or 410 SoCs. But having a dedicated mobile chip meant specifically for smartwatches will be welcome news for the manufacturers.

Snapdragon Wear 2100 is about 30% smaller compared to whatever was used previously and is also said to be about 25% more efficient. Given that battery life is one of the primary concerns for smartwatch wearers, this news is music to our ears. The chip will be offered in connected and tethered models, with the former packing an LTE chip underneath and the latter coming with Bluetooth and WiFi chips for pairing with smartphones.

While the company claims that Snapdragon Wear 2100 has already been deployed to the manufacturers, we don’t have a precise timeline on when it will be available on smartwatches. We expect a majority of the 2016 Android Wear smartwatches to pack the said chipset though.

Source: Qualcomm

Via: Mobile Syrup

Samsung Galaxy S7 to be the first smartphone to pack the Snapdragon 820 chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820

The #Qualcomm #Snapdragon820 is one of the hotly debated topics in the tech sector right now, especially after the failure of the Snapdragon 810. There is some sort of a race going on in the mobile industry where manufacturers are supposedly rushing to be the first to bring this chipset to the market.

A new report now mentions that Samsung might be in line to be the first company to have this privilege. It is being speculated that the Galaxy S7 will be the device to bring the latest Qualcomm silicone to the markets. It is further being said that the two companies are developing the chipset together using the 14nm LPP process.

Samsung was openly against Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 chipset earlier this year as it was plagued by overheating related concerns. But it seems like the two companies have mended their relationship since then. So the expectations are generally pretty high from the 2016 flagship chipset. Expect companies like Xiaomi, LG, HTC and others to feature the Snapdragon 820 on their upcoming flagships.

Source: Weibo

Via: Phone Arena

Leaked benchmark of the Snapdragon 820 SoC reveals industry topping scores

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820

The #Qualcomm #Snapdragon820 SoC is set to don the markets starting early 2016. A user has managed to get his hands on the benchmark results containing this chipset, revealing pretty impressive scores. Given that it’s an upgraded version of the #Snapdragon810, it was always expected that the chip would be a beast in terms of performance.

The Snapdragon 820 running on a 1080p display, 16-megapixel camera, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage managed to score a gargantuan 83,774 points on AnTuTu.

Reports have suggested that Qualcomm has done its best to curb the overheating issues with the new-gen chipset, although that cannot be ascertained until we see the chip running on an actual smartphone. The company has made it abundantly clear that the Snapdragon 820 chip will not be available to the manufacturers until early 2016. So if you’re eager to see the new chip in action, you might have to wait slightly longer.

Source: Tech Grapple

Via: Android Headlines

NVIDIA suing Samsung and Qualcomm over GPU related patents

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Known for its Tegra series of chipsets, NVIDIA has filed a patent infringement suit against Qualcomm and Samsung over issues related to the GPU. NVIDIA is including the freshly announced Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy Note Edge to the list of infringing products.

Speaking on the matter, the CEO of NVIDIA Jen-Hsun Huang said – “They’re using our technology for free in their devices today and they’re shipping an enormous number of devices.” The company has filed separate complaints through the U.S. International Trade Commission and the U.S. District Court in Delaware, so this is quite a serious allegation against the two manufacturers. Samsung has mentioned that it will contest the allegations leveled by NVIDIA while Qualcomm is yet to comment on the matter. The allegations are pertaining to Samsung’s Exynos chipsets and Qualcomm’s popular Snapdragon SoCs.

NVIDIA was expected to be licensing certain GPU related patents to manufacturers, but neither Samsung nor Qualcomm have officially inked an agreement with the company. It could take months or even years for this courtroom battle to reach its conclusion while the internet has a front row seat.

Source: Reuters

Via: Phone Scoop

Qualcomm reportedly readying Adreno 400 GPU for CES 2014

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Qualcomm is currently the top dog as far as mobile CPUs and GPUs are concerned. Its Snapdragon 800 SoC is currently the most sought after chipset in the mobile world. However, Qualcomm can’t ride on its success for long and will have to launch upgrades to keep up with the quickly evolving industry. With that in mind, we now hear that the chip maker is readying the launch of the all new Adreno 400 GPU during the upcoming CES 2014 event in Vegas.

Unfortunately, we don’t have any further information on this chipset+GPU combo besides the fact that it will be a major upgrade over the Adreno 330 GPU which comes with the Snapdragon 800 chip. The name indicates that this will be a major upgrade over the current crop of graphics chips, which is very exciting news. We might see devices bundled with this GPU in mid or late 2014 as was the case with the Snapdragon 800 chip this year. Hopefully, this GPU will make its way to the next Nexus smartphone in 2014.

Source: GSM Arena

Via: Android Community

 

Snapdragon 800 Smartphone Roundup: What’s Out There, What’s Yet To Come

Despite what Motorola or Google might try to make you think, the spec war is still very much on in the smartphone world and cold, objective numbers will continue to be more important than subjective “user experience” for many.

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Like it or not, Big G, Moto, but an extra two cores or a higher clock speed on a phone’s processor will boost sales numbers so much more than the possibility of combining a red front and purple back all while adding your own signature on a device’s body.

Likewise, regular Joes passionate about technology will always go for the handheld with the higher-res display, the more RAM or on-board storage, no matter if they actually need the extra memory or pixels. It’s just the way we’re built.

On that note, don’t be surprised if devices powered by any other processor than Qualcomm’s spectacular quad-core Snapdragon 800 will simply be ignored in a month or two. Everybody wants Snapdragon 800 power, from smartphone OEMs to simple tech aficionados, so let’s see exactly what awaits on the horizon.

Snapdragon 800 – why so serious?

Before actually rounding up the existent and soon to be unveiled gadgets running on Snapdragon 800, how about we see what the big deal is after all? Why is there so much buzz and hype surrounding this platform? Is it so much better than the others or is the excitement the result of a very crafty marketing campaign?

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While Qualcomm’s ability to market the heck out of its CPUs is hard to dispute of late, I’d like to once again appeal to cold, objective numbers to prove a point. For instance, let’s take the latest AnTuTu benchmarks of phones like Sony’s Xperia Z Ultra, Samsung’s Galaxy S4 LTE-A or Galaxy Note 3.

Sure, synthetic benchmarks can often be confusing and AnTuTu has proven to be especially unreliable recently, but it can’t be a coincidence that Snapdragon 800-powered devices are almost always scoring results 25, 30 or even 40% better than gadgets running on Snapdragon 600. And keep in mind, the 600 is no pushover itself, being the cream of the crop until not long ago.

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At the same time, the 800 has proven to go surprisingly easy on battery life, all while being accompanied by an Adreno 330 GPU that’s superior in every way to Snapdragon 600’s Adreno 320. I rest my case.

What’s out there?

Given the CPU is official ever since early January, it’s a little disappointing to see it’s still virtually impossible to score one single phone packing Snapdragon 800 heat. Then again, we must remember Qualcomm warned us from the get-go that devices using the processor were only going to become official in H2 2013.

Without further ado, I give you the only two official Snapdragon 800 phones:

Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A

Exclusively available in Korea, this big guy is already up for grabs, but in many ways it’s not a representative of the next generation of top-notch phones, resembling the original Galaxy S4 way too much. Not that that’s such a bad thing. But we all want moar.

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Sony Xperia Z Ultra

This monster is a whole different kettle of fish, but sadly it will only be up for sale starting next month. Aside from the five-star SoC, the Z Ultra also stands out with a ginormous 6.4-inch Full HD screen, an incredibly slim 6.5 mm profile, water and dust resistance and a whopping 3,050 mAh battery.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra

In short, it’s the ultimate wet dream of tech fans that aren’t worried how silly they look when holding a 6.4-inch “phone” next to their ears.

What’s yet to come?

With Nvidia’s Tegra 4 too slow and pricey to gain a foothold, everybody wants a piece of the Snapdragon 800 pie. And I do mean everybody, from Samsung to Sony, from HTC to LG and from Lenovo to Xiaomi. Even Nokia.

It thus becomes Mission: Impossible 5 to catch the media’s attention, even though we have a number of OEMs that are doing a terrific job in boosting buzz. There’s LG, whose G2 is expected to make a formal debut tomorrow with a very unique design, 5.2-inch display, 2 or 3 GB of RAM and microSD support.

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Then there’s Sony’s Honami, which will likely be a Z Ultra with a high-quality 20 MP rear camera (Nokia, beware) and a more compact 5-inch package. And how about Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3, which doesn’t look that groundbreaking on paper (we’re sick of plastic, Sammy), but has the GNote and Note 2 heritage to sustain its great potential?

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Meanwhile, HTC appears to be employing a slightly more cautious hype-building strategy for the One Max after letting way too many details slip in the eve of One Mini’s unveiling. Regardless, it’s not easy to overlook what appears to be a gigantic version of the tremendously successful One, with the same winning all-aluminum design.

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But wait, we’re not done yet. There are also a few giants likely coming from the emerging Chinese players. You have the Lenovo K910 (or K6), a much welcomed rehash of the Intel-based K900, the extremely promising Xiaomi Mi-3 with 3 GB of RAM, plus the Oppo Find 7 that’s practically almost official with a crazy-sounding 8 MP front camera.

And don’t even get me started on Nokia’s highly anticipated upcoming phablet, which is probably the biggest threat Android has had to face outside of the iOS spectrum in ages. And that’s coming from a guy who can’t stand Windows Phone 8.

How about it, folks? Which of all these Snapdragon 800 big kahunas are you most excited about? I for one am still on the fence between the LG G2 and Sony Honami.

Analyst Reiterates Claims of a Qualcomm Made Chip for the Galaxy S 4

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We’ve already heard plenty about Samsung’s Galaxy S IV, ranging from launch dates to rumored specs, the Samsung flagship makes constant appearances in the rumor mill. However, we recently came across one report which suggested that the smartphone might pack a Qualcomm made chipset and not the Exynos 5 Octa as rumored. This was merely a rumor back then and it seems like this rumor is getting more traction now as an analyst has reiterated this claim, adding to Samsung’s alleged woes. The company’s Exynos 5 Octa chip was pretty much a certainty for the smartphone, but the analyst mentions that the chipset is facing some issues with power consumption. Which is why Samsung is believed to be looking towards Qualcomm as the chip supplier for the yet to be announced flagship. What gives weight to this rumor is the fact that we’ve seen plenty of leaked benchmarks of a mystery Samsung device sporting Qualcomm made SoCs, which pretty much appears to be the Galaxy S IV.

An analyst from Piper Jaffray named Gus Richard clearly mentions that Samsung is having trouble getting the Exynos 5 Octa chip onboard the new flagship. This is what he had to say – “We believe Samsung’s Galaxy S4 has slipped and the Galaxy S3 has been in production a quarter longer than expected. We believe the S4 is being delayed primarily due to power issues with the company’s eight-core Exynos Octa […] we believe the company is likely to shift more to external sources. We believe QCOM will pick up more of Samsung’s S4 business.” This is certainly something we didn’t expect, and I’m sure it has taken Samsung by surprise too. However, it’s the onboard customization by Samsung and other software tweaks which should make it stand out from the rest of the competition.

There hasn’t been enough clarity on the matter so far, so it won’t be right for us to jump to conclusions. But there’s not much time left for the rumored March 14 announcement date of the next Samsung flagship. And even if it doesn’t pack the Exynos 5 Octa chip and comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon variant instead, it’s not going to be the end of the world for Samsung. Qualcomm chips are very power efficient and the chip maker has been the go-to choice of several mobile manufacturers today. Google and LG decided to fill in the Snapdragon S4 Pro chip inside the Nexus 4 without making it too much of a battery drainer. Sure it doesn’t pack the best battery out there, but it’s certainly on par with most top tier smartphones.

If Samsung’s troubles are indeed real, it should come as very good news for Qualcomm, which didn’t have good things to say about Samsung’s “octa” core chipset. However, it wouldn’t mind mass producing chips for Samsung devices going into 2013. Another cause for concern is the fact that the Samsung Galaxy S III is still in production despite this being the first quarter of 2013. This indicates that there could be a delay in the launch of the next Galaxy flagship, which should be heartbreaking for a few out there. Regardless, we hope Samsung figures out its problems beforehand so as to not wreck its projections for 2013.

Source: Barron’s
Via: Phone Arena

Qualcomm predicts smartphone sales between 2012 and 2016 can reach up to 5 billion

American semiconductor-maker, Qualcomm, predicted that there is going to be a surge in the sales of smartphones for the next 4 years. Its prediction, 5 billion smartphones, irrespective of the platforms they are running, will be sold between 2012 and 2016. It is no surprise that mobile will become multi-billion, if not trillion, dollars industry in the next few years. That’s even the reason why companies like Google, Microsoft and Apple are diving headfirst into the mobile payment system to become one of the pioneering companies in the sector.

Logically, as technology advances, devices become stronger and better each year and people would always be attracted to them. This is one factor why mobile industry is currently on a fast track to growth. A couple of years back, devices running dual-core processors are enjoying being dubbed as “high end” devices, but today, they are about to be put under the entry-level. As mobile standards increase, the industry also grows considerably.

According to Qualcomm, mobile is redefining computing and putting it on a higher ground than before. Among the things that contribute to the boost of the mobile market are people’s expectations for faster connectivity, the sense of portability without comprising usability, and longer battery life for mobile computers. Basically, this is what Qualcomm is also trying to accomplish; to build chips capable of running under 4G LTE networks, smaller but offers top-notch performance, and power-saver.

The mobile industry is one of the reasons why Qualcomm, as a company, has grown considerably in the last couple of years. Its prediction that 5 billion smartphones would be sold in 4 years’ time may seem a bit rough but analysts believe it’s realistic. Being a major LTE chip provider, Qualcomm is positive its chips will play a great role in the growth of the mobile industry. “However, it’s not just mobile that excites the company and it also predicts that the quantity of content that we will be bringing into our homes through internet services will more than triple by 2016,” says report from Pocket-lint.

AT&T, Sprint to offer LG Optimus G, release date slated in Q4

South Korean manufacturer, LG, officially announced its latest entry into the high-end Android market on September 19th confirming its superphone flagship will be coming to the United States. No information as to which providers in the U.S. would offer the handset then. However, the latest press release from LG USA already confirms two of the major providers, AT&T and Sprint, opted to include Optimus G to their current line ups.

LG Optimus G comes packed with Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 chipset featuring a quad-core Krait with 1.5GHz clock speed. Unlike its counterparts, Tegra 3 and Exynos, Qualcomm’s system on chip (SOC) is compatible with 4G LTE networks offered by AT&T and Sprint so the device will be released in the US bearing its original specs.

“The LG Optimus G lets our customers work and play as hard as they want with one of our first quad core processor designed to deliver a great multitasking experience,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president – Devices, AT&T. “We think customers will really enjoy having the power of a computer in the palm of their hand.”

True enough, a quad-core device with 2GB RAM would be perfect for people looking for ultimate mobile devices that offer performance like no one has ever experienced before. While it is definitely not the first quad-core device released this year, it might be warmly accepted in the US and UK being a mobile device that bears PC-like power.

The fact is the device offers more than just its powerful CPU and more than enough RAM. But while people’s attention is focused on these aspects, there’s one thing worth knowing: LG Optimus G uses In-Cell Touch technology. It is the same display technology Apple uses for its iPhone 5. Not only does it make screen thinner—by taking away some layers—It also helps extend battery life. So, aside from being thinner than other devices in the market today, LG Optimus G is expected to last longer with its 2100mAh battery.

It will be marketed with a premium price tag attached to it, so the fact that both AT&T and Sprint will subsidize it is good news; people would be able to get it on a lower price range with proper support and warranty. There is no date specified for the release of this device yet but speculations and rumors point out November would be a perfect month for it. Still, we have to wait for LG’s, AT&T’s and Sprint’s confirmation as to the availability of LG Optimus G.

Pantech Vega R3 5.3-inch Android ICS smartphone features Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB RAM, 2600mAh battery

The South Korean mobile phone manufacturer, Pantech, is getting ready to unleash its foray into the high-end market. Pantech Vega R3 will soon compete head-to-head with Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note II and LG Optimus Vu as it will come packed with hardware bearing high specifications. It could also be considered a smartphone-tablet hybrid as it features 5.3 inches screen, and will run Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich upon release.

Hardware. It’s just been confirmed that Pantech Vega R3 will sport Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 MDP/T chipset, a quad-core Krait clocked at 1.5GHz and can be overclocked up to 1.7GHz depending on the firmware used. The thing about high-powered Qualcomm chipsets is that they also come with better graphics processor, thus, Adreno 320 GPU is integrated into this unit to provide Vega R3 top-notch display quality. Other devices that feature this Krait are Oppo Find 5, Asus Padfone 2, and Xiaomi MI-2.

Memory. Pantech confirmed that Vega R3 will come with more than enough 2GB RAM to complement its superfast processor. There are only a few smartphones or tablets packed with this much RAM and Galaxy Note II is an obvious competitor in this aspect. There are conflicting reports about the internal memory of this device; some say it has 16GB ROM others say it’s 32GB. One thing is for sure, though, there will be a microSD slot to support up to 32GB external memory.

Display. Adreno 320 GPU basically supports up to 1080p screen resolution but Pantech settles for 720p for this device. Nevertheless, Vega R3 will be one of the few devices available in the market today with 1280 x 720 pixel resolution. It also sports Natural IPS Pro LCD technology that offers a “naturally colored, bright and clear image.” This is, perhaps, a display technology that could stand in competition with Samsung’s Super AMOLED display. The advantage is that LCD eats up less power than LED.

Connectivity. Pantech Vega R3 supports Near Field Communication (NFC) and 4th Generation Long-Term Evolution (4G LTE) making it ahead of other devices. iPhone 5 supports LTE but not NFC; Galaxy S3 supports both but will have to downgrade to dual-core in the U.S. Aside from NFC and LTE, Vega R3 also supports Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi a/b/g/n. Needless to say, it supports everything needed to get its owners connected most of the times.

Battery. This is where Pantech Vega R3 will gain momentum in the market as there are only a few smartphones that come with battery more than 2000mAh; Galaxy Note is one with 2500mAh. Pantech Vega R3, on the other hand, provides longer service with its 2600mAh. This massive battery will prove to provide more power to the device knowing it comes with an LCD technology, which is very economical in terms of power consumption.

Pantech Vega R3 will showcase Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich but the manufacturer promised an upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean shortly after the release. That said, the device will debut in South Korea on September 26 but there is no information about the pricing. But it is expected it will be offered in almost the same price range as Galaxy Note II and Samsung Galaxy S III.

Source: Android Authority

Qualcomm To Debut New Dual Core Snap Dragon With Integrated LTE At MWC

For a while now one of the biggest MWC rumors has been that HTC will bring a new quad-core Android phone powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 3 chip set.  This will be the first time that HTC has swayed from their long term relationship with Qualcomm and their SnapDragon processors for Android devices.

So what’s Qualcomm bringing to MWC. Well Qualcomm’s Vice President of Product Management, Raj Talluri may have rubbed some folks the wrong way when he announced they wouldn’t be bringing any ready for market devices with Qualcomm’s quad-core SnapDragon processor. He did say there may be some conceptual designs but nothing that will be available anytime soon.

So do we write Qualcomm off right now for MWC? Heck no!

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Qualcomm & Ericsson Show Off VoLTE

When Verizon first announced their 4G/LTE network back in the fall of 2010 many journalists on the conference call were wondering about one thing, and that is VoLTE. In case you’re not familiar, VoLTE is Voice over LTE.

Many 4G/LTE handset users don’t realize that only data is currently handled over Verizon Wireless’ robust 4G/LTE network, calls are actually made using 3G/CDMA. With VoLTE that all changes. Calls will travel over the 4G/LTE network and with that they will become clearer and sound better.

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Quad Core HTC Ville Makes A Little More Sense Right?

A while back the first quad-core Android phone supposedly leaked out. That phone was dubbed the HTC Edge.

The quad-core HTC Edge was said to be sporting an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor much like the Asus Transformer Prime Android tablet. Now we could be wrong but we don’t think we are. The reason that the HTC Edge didn’t make sense was because HTC has never used Nvidia processors. They have a very very tight relationship with Qualcomm.

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CTIA: Quick Look At The HTC Amaze 4G On T-Mobile

The HTC Amaze 4G on T-Mobile launches today. At a press event Tuesday night as part of CTIA we got some hands on time with the HTC Amaze 4G and it’s “Amaze-ing”.

The HTC Amaze features a 4.3″ qHD super LCD multi-touch display that makes images, videos and games just pop off the screen. It’s running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 1.5ghz dual core processor.  It also has the best smart phone camera on the market to date. The rear facing camera is 8 mega pixels and capable of taking 1080p true HD video.

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