Exciting mobile news from MWC is over pouring, and today, Qualcomm took the lid off of its Zeroth Platform, enabled by the Snapdragon 820. While just the announcement of the name is pretty good, Qualcomm does not dive too deep into the SoC, instead optioning for a few general pieces of information, along with details for the Zeroth platform.
From what Qualcomm did say, the Snapdragon 820 is built on a FinFET process, which could be either TSMC’s 16nm or Samsung’s 14nm process. Continuing, the company also introduced its new custom ARMv8 CPU core, named Kryo. (more…)
Cyanogen and Qualcomm announced a new collaboration during MWC this week, which will focus on highlighting select features and user interface improvements in select upcoming Snapdragon-powered devices. To be exact, Cyanogen’s launcher application and personal information management apps across dialer, messaging, contacts, and calendar are included in this partnership. (more…)
Not that you will be surprised by this news, but Qualcomm just confirmed via Vine and Twitter that the new HTC One M9 will be powered by their Snapdragon 810 processor, the same processor that Samsung passed on for its Galaxy S6.
The short Vine shows a shadowed phone in the background, fronted by a clock that starts at 8:10, then transitions to 10:08 before turning over one minute to 10:09. The “8:10″ here means Snapdragon 810, the “10:08″ is the clock seen on all HTC press renders, and the flip over to 10:09 has to stand for the 9 in HTC One M9. (more…)
Back in January, I expressed my love for Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology that allows you to charge your phone at pretty insane speeds when compared to your typical USB charger. The technology has been made famous by Motorola within the last year, thanks to their use of it as a selling feature in the new Moto X, DROID Turbo, and Nexus 6. They are also selling a $35 Turbo Charger that can give your phone hours of use in just a few minutes time. But Quick Charge 2.0 is in more than Motorola devices. In fact, the HTC One (M8) from early last year has it, as does the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact, and Galaxy Note 4. That’s right, most of the popular phones released within the last year have the technology built in.
Unfortunately, most official OEM Quick Charge 2.0 chargers aren’t cheap, so many of you have avoided buying any. Like I mentioned, Motorola sells their Turbo Charger for a whopping $35, but HTC also has a quick charge adapter that runs $35 too.
If you want a lower cost charger, you currently have to turn to places like Amazon. There are a handful of third party accessory makers now making Quick Charge 2.0 adapters, one of which is Tenergy, who just so happens to be hosting a Lightning deal over at Amazon at the moment. For just $12.99, you can grab yourself a Quick/Turbo charger and realize why I think it’s the future of charging.
As of right now, the deal is 41% claimed, so you may want to hurry.
This morning, Qualcomm announced four new Snapdragon processors, made specifically for those new to smartphones and in emerging markets, but that smartphone enthusiasts can appreciate as well. More precisely, we have the Snapdragon 415, 425, 618, and 620. (more…)
What happens when a multi-billion dollar company loses its biggest customer and has to adjust its earnings for the 2nd half of a year? Apparently, they turn to all their much smaller, aren’t-going-anywhere-because-we-can’t customers for uplifting quotes on why their product is still the best! With Samsung deciding to pass on the Snapdragon 810 (for who knows what real reasons), companies like LG, Motorola, Xiaomi, Sony, and Oppo have come out in support of the new chip, along with an assurance from Qualcomm that 60 “premium tier” mobile devices will hit the streets in the coming weeks and months with the 810 inside. (more…)
Uh oh. You know all of those reports recently suggesting that Samsung had decided to ditch Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 in the Galaxy S6 because it was experiencing overheating issues? There may be some truth there. Well, we still don’t know about the overheating rumors, but Qualcomm admitted today in its earnings report that a “large customer’s flagship device” would not use the Snapdragon 810. That “large” customer is large enough that Qualcomm lowered its 2nd half of 2015 outlook. (more…)
Yesterday, another report surfaced suggesting that Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 810 chip has not performed well in testing due to overheating and will be passed on by Samsung in favor of an Exynos chip for the Galaxy S6. These rumors have persisted over the past few months through Korean news outlets, even though Qualcomm has suggested time and time again that no issue is holding back their roadmap, which includes the Snapdragon 810 in new devices from companies like LG. In fact, the LG G Flex 2, a device we spent some time with at CES, runs the 810 and is scheduled to launch in Korea in a week. (more…)