Qualcomm Brings Its 4G LTE Smarts and Snapdragon to Android Things

Android Things, the connected device or Internet of Things (IoT) platform from Google, now has the support of Qualcomm and its work with 4G LTE, the chipmaker announced this morning. Specifically, Qualcomm is making their Snapdragon 210 chipset, with integrated 4G LTE, available to Android Things devices, which could be anything from retail solution to smart home assistants.  (more…)

Friday Poll: Is a Snapdragon 821 in the G6 or Any Other 2017 Flagship a Dealbreaker?

Word has slowly slipped out through media channels that Qualcomm’s newest Snapdragon 835 processor may not make it into the first wave of flagships for 2017. In fact, an HTC exec already said in an interview that we shouldn’t expect any of the phones coming to Mobile World Congress at the end of February to have the 835, but that they are all likely to have the slightly older Snapdragon 821 from the end of 2016. Multiple reports have now suggested the same for LG’s G6.

We talked quite a bit about this topic on yesterday’s DL Show, but wanted to address it here as well. Basically, we want to know if the lack of a Snapdragon 835 in a new 2017 flagship is a dealbreaker for you?

To me, I don’t know that it is because the 821 is very good and the 835 may not even be offering that big of a performance boost, though we are fully expecting Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 line to launch with an 835. That’s a problem for other companies struggling to rise to former glory. It’s hard enough to compete with the marketing budget of Samsung, but nerds often care about the finer details like specs, and processor seems to rank up there as an important one.

So you tell us – is the lack of a Snapdragon 835 in a 2017 flagship a dealbreaker?

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Qualcomm Fully Details Snapdragon 835, Won’t Just Power Flagship Smartphones

Here at CES, Qualcomm just got done fully unwrapping their next flagship processor, the Snapdragon 835. To say they are excited about the year ahead, partly because of the 835, is an understatement. Qualcomm has big plans for this next-gen chip that moves beyond just the next wave of flagship phones, though it will be in most of those. But to take this chipset beyond, Qualcomm is looking at augmented reality, virtual reality, and more.

As you know, the Snapdragon 835 is Qualcomm’s first 10nm processor. What you may not have known is the fact that this processor is “35 percent smaller in package size and consumes 25 percent less power” then the Snapdragon 820/821. It also runs the Kryo 280 CPU, is equipped with Quick Charge 4.0, new Adreno 540 GPU, X16 Gigabit-Class LTE modem (Cat 13 LTE), 802.11ad WiFi, Qualcomm Haven security platform, is 4K-display ready, and can power 32MP cameras or dual 16MP  shooters.  (more…)