Google IO 2016 Coverage

Qualcomm Announces New Snapdragon Chips, Highlights Clear Intention To Trump The Competition… Again


Not intent on letting NVIDIA grab all the attention here at CES, Qualcomm has introduced a pair of new processors called the Snapdragon 600 and 800 series. First off the bat, the 600 models will feature some incredible specs including a quad-core Krait 300 CPU at speeds up to a whopping 1.9GHz, an Adreno 320 GPU and will offer up to 40% better performance than the Snapdragon S4 Pro processor. Sure the 600 series chips sound like they’ll be beastly as heck— but that’s just the tip of the iceberg for Qualcomm.  The 800 models will take specs a step further and include a quad-core Krait 400 CPU at speeds up to a sizzling 2.3GHz, an Adreno 330 GPU, UltraHD resolution support (4096 × 2304), full support for DTS-HD, Dolby Digital Plus and 7.1 surround sound and wait for it— up to 75% better performance than the Snapdragon S4 Pro chip. Incredible.

Just when you think the Snapdragon S4 Pro reaches the pinnacle— Qualcomm comes out of the blue and ups the ante yet again. The Snapdragon 600 series of chips are expected to be available in devices by Q2 of this year, while we’ll see Snapdragon 800 series are expected to be available by the year’s end. Hopefully you all can contain yourselves— but in the meantime, check out the presser after you hit the break. Oh and don’t forget to check out our continuous coverage of CES by clicking here.

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Huawei Ascend D1 Officially Goes On Sale In China, With Russia And Additional Markets To Follow



Huawei’s Ascend D1 has officially been launched in China. In case you didn’t know, this speedy mid-range phone has a TI OMAP 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU and 1GB RAM, a high-def 4.5-inch, 1280 x 720 high-definition IPS+ display with Corning® Gorilla® Glass and remember that Dolby/Huawei agreement we’d told you about recently? Well the Ascend D1 is also going to have topnotch sound too as it includes Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound and Audience earSmart™ voice technology.

The device is currently in various Chinese e-commerce outlets including Huawei’s for a reasonable ¥ 2499 ($392). As a follow-up, Russia will be next to receive the device as it’s scheduled to arrive sometime in August– while additional markets follow after that. While most of us here in the States might be a bit disappointed there was no direct mention of the U.S. markets being involved in the immediate launch of the device, be sure to cheer up. After all—- we did see the Ascend D1 sneak past us in the FCC recently, so we may possibly see an unlocked version of the phone compatible with U.S. wireless bands some day. Make sure to jump past the break to see the full presser from Huawei.

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Dolby And Huawei To Team Up To Bring Premium Audio Experience To Smartphones


Huawei is already on its way to bringing some sweet devices to the limelight, but it wants to further itself apart from the competition even more. Dolby Labs has announced a collaboration with Huawei by incorporating Dolby Digital Plus into future Huawei devices. This means that we’ll soon be able to enjoy that rich, crisp and superior surround sound on premium Huawei tablets and smartphones. The manufacturer plans to utilize Dolby Digital Plus by optimizing the technology for the overall mobile experience by including virtual surround sound over headphones, bass and high-frequency enhancements, a sound level controller, mono-to-stereo creator and sound space expander. Oh and don’t forget that these Dolby-powered devices will have the full capability to connect the devices to HD-ready TVs, A/V receivers and home theater systems in order allow consumers to enjoy quality surround sound as well.

Huawei is just giving us yet another reason to drool over its ever-impressive brand. Hit the break to see the full press release from Dolby. Read more