Qualcomm Intros ‘Clear Sight’ Tech, Better Photos From Dual Camera Setups

The following announcement may not be too exciting for folks with standard single lens cameras, but for those of you with a dual camera module, this should be awesome. Qualcomm announced Clear Sight this morning, new technology for Snapdragon 820 and Snapdragon 821 processors.

Powered by Spectra ISP (image signal processor), Clear Sight allows dual camera modules to take better photos, utilizing computational low light imaging algorithms. To sum it up into words used by actual humans, Clear Sight will take two photos snapped simultaneously from the dual lenses, then use code to create an image with improved dynamic range, sharpness, and less noise in low light. The intended goal from Qualcomm is to mimic the attributes of the human eye. (more…)

Qualcomm Unveils the Full Snapdragon 821 Specs

After a brief introduction to the Snapdragon 821 back in July that lacked specific details about its advantages over the Snapdragon 820, Qualcomm today revealed it all just as IFA was kicking off in Berlin. They didn’t announce new phones or future partners alongside the news (outside of the previously announced ZenFone 3), but I think we all know that new devices powered by the 821 are coming, namely those made by Google. Qualcomm did mention that they expect the 821 to be the processor of choice for new phones released during the holiday season.

According to today’s series of press releases, the Snapdragon 821 (MSM8996Pro) is 10% faster in boot times than the 820, can reduce app load times by 10%, improves general performance by up to 10%, and provides smoother UI experiences and browsing performance. The 530 GPU in the 821 even received a 5% increase over the 820, while battery life should be up to 5% better.  (more…)

Root Achieved for Snapdragon-Powered Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge Devices

Root has been achieved for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, appearing to be stable on all carrier variants. Just to be clear, if you own a Galaxy S7 (SM-G930) or Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935) featuring a Qualcomm-made Snapdragon processor, and not the Samsung Exynos processor, you may proceed.

The letters that follow the model number, such as A (AT&T), T (T-Mobile), or V (Verizon) indicate which carrier variant is being referred to. At this time, root is achievable for what appears to be all carrier models, which is a big time win for Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge owners who love complete system access.  (more…)