Snapdragon 820’s Adreno 530 GPU Detailed by Qualcomm, Coming in 2016

This morning, Qualcomm provided early details on the GPU and ISP that will be featured in their next flagship chipset, the Snapdragon 820. When the 820 arrives next year (1H 2016) it will sport a new Adreno 530 GPU and 14-bit Spectra image signal processing (ISP) unit that show solid improvements over previous generation products. Qualcomm also announced that another new GPU, the Adreno 510, will be featured in upcoming Snapdragon 620 and 618 processors, both of which should arrive in phones before 2015 ends.  (more…)

#HYPE Kill? “All” Snapdragon 810 Phones are Already Using V2.1, Says HTC

Let the Snapdragon 810 drama continue! According to HTC’s Jeff Gordon, king of the subtweet, all this chit chat about a newer Snapdragon 810 v2.1 being used by companies like OnePlus as a differentiator to help separate their phones from the 810’s history of melting faces isn’t exactly accurate. Gordon says via Twitter that Qualcomm told him “virtually all” manufacturers who have announced devices with the Snapdragon 810 “are currently using v2.1.” In other words, the One M9, which at one time wanted to melt your face off, is running the same V2.1 that OnePlus insists will be cooler than ever.

So yeah, the Snapdragon 810 v2.1 that is in the OnePlus 2 is the same 810 that has been in almost all of the previous 810 phones before it.  (more…)

LG G4 Now, Miraculously Supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0

The day that LG announced the G4, we reached out to their PR team to get confirmation on whether or not the phone supported Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology. There were mixed reports floating around on G4 unveiling day, so we wanted to get official word. LG told us that it most definitely did not support Quick Charge 2.0. Instead, they were excited to talk about the phone’s semi-quick charge 1.8 capabilities.  (more…)

Qualcomm: Snapdragon 810 Overheating Rumors are ‘Rubbish’

The Snapdragon 810 processor from Qualcomm has been in the headlines a ton this year, but for all of the wrong reasons. Being Qualcomm’s flagship processor, we expected it to be in nearly all of the top smartphones this year, yet it is currently only in two flagship devices, the One M9 from HTC and G Flex 2 from LG.

Rumors regarding overheating issues have plagued the SoC, and today, an interview between Qualcomm’s VP of marketing Tim McDonough and Forbes gives deeper insight into the story surrounding the issue.  (more…)

FYI: LG G4 Doesn’t Support Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0

“G4 has Quick Charge 1.8 Amp capabilities along with wireless charging.” That’s the official word on the LG G4’s lack of Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 charging capabilities.

We asked LG specifically yesterday, because there had been some confusion on the subject. After all, this phone runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, so it wouldn’t be crazy to just assume that the phone also was equipped with Qualcomm’s quick charging technology. Again, it doesn’t have it.  (more…)

Qualcomm Posts Poor Q2 Numbers, Lowers Expectations for Second Half of 2015

Qualcomm announced Q2 financials for the year of 2015 this morning, and they weren’t very good. Looking at the big picture, it is not the end of times by any means at Qualcomm, but the company has lowered its expectations for the second half of this year, largely due in part to Samsung’s ditching of the Snapdragon 810, opting to use its own in-house Exynos processor in the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge.  (more…)

Qualcomm Shows You Just How Much Faster Quick Charge 2.0 is on the Nexus 6

I think at this point, we have made our opinions clear on Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0we love it. We think every phone should have either this or some other form of quick charging. Wireless charging is still a really handy feature, but I would much rather be able to charge my phone in a shorter amount of time, or at least give it a burst of juice in a couple of minutes, than be able to lay it down on a charging pad that likely charges slower than a conventional charger.

To demonstrate the power of Quick Charge 2.0, Qualcomm put together the video featured below, which includes three Nexus 6 phones, all of which are using a different charger. Two of the phones are using conventional chargers (5 volts/1 amp and 5 volts/2 amps), while one uses Motorola’s Turbo Charger. You probably don’t need to watch the video to know who wins the battle to 50% from 0%.  (more…)