Analyst Claims New Nexus 7 Will Ditch Tegra Chip in Favor of Qualcomm, Arrives in Q2 of This Year

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According to Pacific Crest analyst Michael McConnell, the next version of the Nexus 7 will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro (APQ8064) processor instead of NVIDIA’s next-gen Tegra 4. Because of Qualcomm’s tighter integration with modem technology, McConnell figures that a Snapdragon chip will simplify the supply and essentially lower costs.  (more…)

Developers – Qualcomm is Giving Away Three Snapdragon S4 Pro Developer Tablets

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The folks at Qualcomm reached out to us this afternoon to pass along their latest contest. It’s developer-focused, meaning they want to give away three (3) Snapdragon S4 Mobile Development Platform Tablets. As you all know, the Snapdragon S4 Pro is the quad-core beast processor that’s in many of the top phones these days like the Nexus 4 (review) and DROID DNA (review). In this tablet, you’ll find the processor clocked at 1.5GHz, an Adreno 320 GPU, and a world of development at your fingertips.  (more…)

Thursday Poll: What Processor Is In Your Android Device?

Last night on The Droid Life Show, we briefly touched on mobile processors and the marketing that goes behind them. We discussed that when buying an Android smartphone, sometimes are you not only buying into the Android ecosystem, but you are also buying into that mobile chip’s ecosystem as well.

For example, if you have a NVIDIA Tegra-powered device, the list of games you are able to play is much higher than say a Texas Instrument chip, given that some games released are exclusively for Tegra devices. It’s an interesting move by the manufacturers, but that’s the world we live in where everyone wants to differentiate themselves from the pack.

Down below, feel free to let us know which processor powers your lovely Android device of choice.

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LG Posts Teaser for New Snapdragon Quad-core Powered Phone

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LG appears to be on the verge of releasing the most powerful smartphone on the planet. In a new teaser, they have confirmed that they are working on a phone powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Pro, better known to most of us as the quad-core variant of the chip we are seeing in handsets today. This chipset sports an Adreno 320 GPU, one that should make all other mobile graphics processing units look silly. We have seen benchmarks of tablets (and phones?) with this processor inside and have been blown away.

What we want to know, is if a processor this powerful, is enough to get you to buy an LG phone? Will we see it at IFA next week, along with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2?

Via:  The Verge

Canadian Galaxy SIII Variants Official – LTE, 1.5GHz Dual-Core Snapdragon Processors and 2GB of RAM

That Japanese variant of the Galaxy SIII with 2GB of RAM wasn’t a myth after all. Announced this afternoon, we have the Canadian GS3 variants that interestingly enough, also contain 2GB of RAM and will be available on June 20. One thing that may disappoint some of you is the fact that they will sport Qualcomm’s dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor rather than Samsung’s quad-core Exynos, but try not to let it get you too down. The S4 is a beast in its own right, loves LTE, and should give you some of the best battery life we have seen yet on a smartphone while continuing to power through all tasks. And again, 2GB of RAM here, folks.

Now, what immediately came to my mind after hearing this is, “Umm hello, 2GB of RAM in the U.S. variants as well?” Thanks to this benchmark, we are pretty sure that Verizon’s Galaxy SIII will also rock the Snapdragon S4 and a similar setup to these Canadian GS3s. Who’s ready for some 2GB action?  (more…)

HTC One X Benchmarks: Tegra 3 (Quad-core) vs. Snapdragon S4 (Dual-core)

 

First, if you haven’t checked out our full review of the AT&T HTC One X, then you will want to do that. After doing that, let’s go ahead and start the conversation about benchmarks between the AT&T, Snapdragon S4 version and the Tegra 3, unlocked version of the phone.

With NVIDIA not having LTE modems for their quad-core processors just yet, carriers that want this phone with LTE capabilities are having to swap out the Tegra 3 in favor of the dual-core Snapdragon S4. Both processors are beasts in their own right, so we thought, “What better way to see if we can find a difference than through a handful of tests?” For those that hate benchmarks and think they mean nothing, we would agree with you to a point. We would have to disagree in that these at least give us something to compare against. We can flip through home screens all day long, open and close apps, look for stutters, etc., but in the end, you need to have numbers. Benchmarks give us numbers.   (more…)

U.S. Versions of Samsung’s Galaxy SIII to Use Snapdragon S4 Processors Instead of Exynos Quad-core?

Last night, Samsung announced that its new Exynos quad-core processor would be featured in the soon-to-be-announced Galaxy SIII or “next Galaxy.” The news sort of shocked the world a bit as the device that will sport the chipset, has yet to be unveiled and has been kept as secret as any Android device ever. We almost couldn’t contain our excitement though, as benchmarks from a device with this processor inside have been popping up all over the web, showing off impressive results.  (more…)