New 64-bit chips for mid-range devices coming from Qualcomm


Previously, Qualcomm’s only 64-bit chip was the Snapdragon 810 processor, but we’ll be seeing some of that power move down to the mid and low-range chips, the 600 and 400 series chips.

With four new chips, the 620, 618, 425 and 415 were announced today. The 425 and 415 will be in octa-core configurations, and while the 425 will be set to run at 1.7GHz, the 415 will be at 1.4GHz. 

While the new 600 series chips, the 620 and 618, are only running ARM reference cores, the 620 is an octa-core chip and will include the X8 LTE modem and the next-gen Adreno GPU.

Hit the break for the full presser.

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Korea’s LG G3 LTE-A finally unveiled, features Snapdragon 805 processor

LG G3 Cat 6

Previously thought to be the LG G3 Prime, the G3 LTE-A Cat 6 has been unveiled in Korea, and will be for sale on July 25.

It’s a bit better than the international G3’s hardware, with an improved chipset. You’ll get the Snapdragon 805 with 3GB RAM, as well as the Adreno 420 GPU. In South Korea, the phone will also have 225 Mbps downlink capabilities because of its Qualcomm Gobi 9×35 cat 6 LTE-A modem.

Not surprisingly, the device matches up perfectly with the Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A for some international competition. We’re still unsure when (or whether) the rest of the world will be able to get their hands on the two phones.

Via: GSM Arena
Source: LG

Qualcomm announces six variants of Snapdragon 200 processor for emerging markets in press release


In a new press release by Qualcomm, they announced that the company has come out with 6 variants to their Snapdragon 200 processor, built for devices that won’t break the bank. It’s clear that Qualcomm is focusing their efforts here on emerging markets, and on consumers that don’t need higher-end devices, or simply can’t/won’t spend money on a higher-end device with a processor such as the Snapdragon 800.

The six variants feature Adreno 302, and will offer enough horsepower to perform all the standard tasks one would need a smart phone to do, on the networks people need them to be on. The configurations are complete with support for HSPA+ 21 and TD-SCDMA 3G networks, and will come in standard, Dual-SIM Dual-Standby, Dual-SIM Dual-Active and Tri-SIM Tri-Standby configurations. The chipset is made to be fully functional with Android, Firefox OS, and Windows Phone as well.

These chips won’t make their way to the western hemisphere, but they certainly are key to the company’s expansion and pushing technology to those that don’t have it yet. Check after the break for Qualcomm’s full press release on the matter.  Read more

2.5GHz Snapdragons at the start of next year

Coming from the Innovation Qualcomm event in Istanbul, expect new single, dual, and quad-core chips boasting speeds of 2.5GHz to be inside phones at the start of next year. Thats almost double the speed of anything on the market today! Also, this S4 class chipset will offer Adreno Graphics, 3D, 1080p HD, as well as sporting 3G and LTE connectivity as standard. We’ll likely start seeing the first of the beasts at Mobile World Conference in February. Who’s drooling already?

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Sharp Aquos SH8298U 3D for SoftBank Japan

Sharp is adding another glasses-free 3D phone to their stable, the Aquos SH8298U. This Aquos will sport Qualcomm’ Snapdragon MSM8255, a processor clocking in at 1.4GHz. Also onboard is an Adreno 205 GPU, 512MB RAM, 2GB of internal storage, a 4.2 inch qHD glasses-free 3D display, dual 8MP cameras on the back (for 3D content), a 1240mAh battery, and lastly Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

Pick it up from SoftBank in your choice of red or white.

[via pocketnow]