After riding high on the success of its Snapdragon 800, 801 and 805 processors, Qualcomm hit some speed bumps in 2015 with its much maligned 810 chip. Rumours began that the Snapdragon 810 had issues with overheating and thermal throttling, that weren’t helped when Samsung decided to use its own Exynos processor in the Galaxy S6. Issues with overheating still linger to some extent, despite Qualcomm developing a version 2.1 of the 810 processor that has most recently been seen powering the OnePlus 2. Having already sent out batches of samples of its next flagship processor, the Snapdragon 820, to handset manufacturers such as HTC and Sony, it seems that Qualcomm could make a public announcement next week.
While Motorola’s tablets have had some success, they didn’t exactly live up to the hype that they were given before release. They didn’t introduce anything truly groundbreaking, and they were pretty much run-of-the-mill devices with semi-sleek designs.
Maybe that’s the reason the Xoom 3 was never released.
You heard me right, the Xoom 3.
Never heard of it? That’s because the project was thrown away in its infancy — but there seems to be some pictures of the unreleased tablet. We have them for you after the break, as well as a few of the rumored specs.
Even though smartphones equipped with 8-core processors like the Samsung Galaxy S 5 will be available in 2014, analysts and industry sources don’t think they will be big sellers this year. Two factors seem to be weighing on the prognosticators. Read more
While much of the focus at MWC 2014 is on smartphone and tablet manufacturers and where they are heading with their devices, other companies are present to help show how they want to power those new devices. Intel was on hand today to announce two new Atom processors, the Merrifield and the Moorefield.
The 64-bit Atom Z3480, formerly known by the codename Merrifield, is a dual-core chip running at 2.13GHz. Using Intel’s 22nm Silvermont architecture, the processor includes an Intel XMM 7160 LTE chip and a PowerVR Series 6 graphics core. Intel says Z3480 equipped devices should start shipping during the second quarter. Read more
MediaTek has announced a new motto, Everyday Genius, to serve as their new branding motif. To help highlight this new marketing direction, MediaTek took the opportunity during MWC 2014 to announce a new quad-core chipset aimed at devices in the “super-mid market” as they describe it. The MT6732 will be a 64-bit processor that will compete with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 64-bit chipset. Read more
MediaTek has begun mass-producing their MT8135 quad-core SoC’s, which consists of two clusters including Dual Cortex A15 cores and Dual Cortex A7 cores. The cores work simultaneously, and feature a powerVR Series 6 GPU (PowerVR 6200), and supports Wireless Certified Miracast. Qualcomm certainly has a huge competitor that’s rising fast, as MediaTek’s low cost chips have already been used in Acer, Asus, and Lenovo products to date.
MediaTek has announced a new quad-core processor to be added to their portfolio that they hope will find its way into tablet devices. MediaTek is producing a new MT8125 chip to meet the needs of the fast-growing tablet market. The chip is based on a quad-core Cortex A7 cpu running at 1.5HGz and a PowerVR Series5XT gpu. MediaTek is incorporating MiraVision technology into the tablet’s SoC to be able to support high-end multimedia capabilities. The MT8125 will support full HD 1080p video playback and recording and will be able to drive screen resolutions up to 1920×1200. Along with the multimedia features, MediaTek says the chip can support 3G HSPA+, 2G EDGE and WiFi options, meaning tablet producers can more easily offer a variety of options for consumers. One of the first devices that appears headed to market with the new MT8125 is the Lenovo IdeaTab S6000.
You can read the full press release after the break. Read more
Well what do we have here? It’s looking like Huawei has yet another flagship device in the works that looks like it’s going to possibly redefine the brand as we know it. A mysterious EDGE smartphone has been leaked that features a 4.9-inch 1,920 x 1,080 display, a quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a 2,600mAh battery and a 13MP camera. Sure that sounds ho-hum compared to the competition but Huawei has managed to squeeze all those sexy specs into a 6.3mm profile and a sleek aluminum body.
Rumor has it that Huawei expects to release this Android 4.2-powered device sometime in the second half of 2013, but we’ll be sure to provide more deets as we get them.
via: Phone Arena
We already know that Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 mini is very much real and on the way, but it’s looking like the general public is going to see the smartphone much sooner than expected. Notorious info leaker SamMobile recently received a major tip containing much more information regarding the intriguing new device and claims it may be unveiled as early as this week. The tip alleges that we will see the device arrive in two colors (black mist and white frost) and will come in either single or dual-SIM variants. Additionally, the single-SIM variant will be identified as the GT-9190 and will feature a quad-core chip— while the dual-SIM variant will be identified as the GT-9192 and feature a dual-core processor. Aside from those differences, each variant will feature a 4.3-inch qHD display, 8MP camera and Android 4.2.2.
No word on pricing yet, but the Galaxy S 4 mini should arrive by the end of may or the start of June.
We already had an idea that it was very much real and on the way, but details about the upcoming world’s cheapest quad-core 1080p smartphone’s release date were slim… until now. The Neo N003 smartphone has been leaked for your viewing pleasure and news has surfaced that the mysterious device is due to arrive by the end of April— that is if Neo is able to deal with and overcome potential supply issues. Additionally, Neo has the clear intention of at least trying to get its precious smartphone ahead of competitors.
In case you’ve forgotten— the device will have some interesting specs for an insane price. The N003 is expected to ship with a MediaTek MT6589 chip inside, coupled with 2 gigs of RAM and a 13MP camera. The total cost of the smartphone should come to about 899 yuan (or $145 USD). Let’s just hope we don’t see too much pandemonium upon phone’s release.