A recent analysis claims only 10% of Samsung’s newest flagship smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S 4, is shipping with Samsung’s own Exynos 5 Octa chip. Considering the device is on pace to become the company’s fastest selling smartphone in history, one might think Samsung would want to put more of their own hardware in the hands of consumers. However, Samsung seems to think it is more important to put devices in the hands of consumers regardless of the component sources. So in the case of the Galaxy S 4, the majority of the phones are shipping with Qualcomm chips. » Read the rest
Although Oppo isn’t yet a household name, it is still known for its high-end phones with some of the best specs available on the market. There are rumors that the company is already working on a successor to the speedy and semi-affordable Oppo Find 5.
The next Oppo Find is allegedly scheduled to launch in the fall, and is rumored to feature a Snapdragon 800 SoC. Further specs include a 5-inch display with 1080p resolution, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP main camera, and— wait for it— an 8MP front-facing camera. That’s right folks, get ready to send some high-quality Snapchats and Skype calls.
Remember, all of this is strictly rumored information, so don’t get your hopes up just yet. We’ll be sure to keep you guys updated when any more information is leaked.
Not too long ago, an unlock tool was released for some Motorola devices that used Qualcomm processors. Well, it turns out that unlocking hack still works on newer Qualcomm devices, including the variant of the Galaxy S 4 with the Snapdragon 600 chip. So if you’re planning on picking up a new Galaxy S 4 this weekend, you won’t have to wait for a root method.
The downside is that there are no stock images or custom recoveries available for the device yet, so if you brick the device in the root process, you’re completely out of luck. OTA updates will also likely mess up root. Fortunately, it’s a pretty safe bet that this is going to be a popular device, so it shouldn’t take long before some recoveries and ROMs start popping up. Until then, though, root at your own risk. » Read the rest
Qualcomm’s insanely powerful Snapdragon 600 chip has found a home in many flagship devices, including the HTC One and some models of the Galaxy S 4, and as far as benchmarks and performance goes, it blows everything else out of the water. At this point, it really doesn’t seem like a mobile CPU could get any better. Well, according to Qualcomm, their Snapdragon 800 chip is going to be better. The next flagship SoC is slated to hit mass production in late May, although there’s no word on when it will appear in consumer devices.
The Snapdragon 800 bests the 600 by featuring new Krait 400 architecture, which can maintain a steady clock speed of 2.3 GHz and packs Adreno 330 graphics, which is capable of 4K, 30 FPS output. Needless to say, the Snapdragon 800 is going to be hard to top.
The Samsung Galaxy S 4 will launch with one of two different processors depending on what country you live in, and according to the latest benchmarks, Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa outperforms Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 when running the latest test firmware. There are three different versions of the Galaxy S 4: The GT-I9500 running a Exynos 5 Octa at 1.6 GHz without LTE, GT-I9505 running a Snapdragon 600 at 1.9 GHz with LTE, and a Korean variant, the SHV-E300S running a Exynos 5 Octa at 1.8 GHz with LTE. In these new benchmarks, the GT-I9500 and GT-I9505 went head-to-head. » Read the rest
Now that the dust has settled over Facebook’s big announcement, we can get into the nitty gritty details about Facebook Home. One such detail comes from Qualcomm, makers of the insanely popular Snapdragon processors. Qualcomm has said that they’ve been working with Facebook to improve user experience on Android devices using Facebook Home or the Facebook application, claiming “better overall performance, lower power consumption and improved data efficiency.” Those are three big improvements that you’re never going to hear anyone complain about. Cristiano Amon, executive vice president of Qualcomm, said they’ve been working to make the enhancements available to existing and future Snapdragon-powered devices, so if you’re one of the many who own a Snapdragon device, you’re in luck.
Qualcomm has fine tuned system performance in the CPU, GPU, and 3G/4G modems, so this should make a noticeable difference. Facebook is definitely starting off on the right foot by getting a major player like Qualcomm on board, so hopefully this little experiment goes pretty well. Hit the break below for the full press release. » Read the rest
Even though HTC has recently been engaged in a bit of guerrilla marketing directed at Samsung, some help for the sinking smartphone manufacturer is on its way thanks to Qualcomm. Citing HTC’s close partnership with Qualcomm and their willingness to be one of the first manufacturers to adopt the new Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor, Qualcomm has agreed to produce some advertising films that highlight the HTC One. The choice to highlight the HTC device was made even though other devices from LG and Samsung use the same chip. The promotional videos will be presented during the Game Developers Conference 2013 according to Shen Jin, vice president for Qualcomm Greater China.
This partnership between HTC and Qualcomm should help HTC a bit with their bottom-line as they can shift some advertising costs off their books. The major benefit though will result from increased interest in the HTC One due to this selection, which HTC hopes will translate into greater sales. Although this move doesn’t display the antagonistic nature of some more recent HTC moves, it is consistent with what appears to be a new strategy to expand their marketing reach.
A Korean news report suggests that 70% of the initial 10 million units of Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 smartphone will have Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 processors rather than Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa processors. According to the report, Samsung’s LSI team, who is responsible for the next generation of Exynos processors, were unable to correct all the performance and production issues in time for the Galaxy S 4 launch in late April. Samsung confirmed production issues when they announced a couple of weeks ago that the Exynos 5 applications processor would not be mass produced until the second quarter of 2013, well after its initial launch.
Remember how we told you about Google’s possible intentions to use a Snapdragon-based processor instead of a Tegra-powered chip for its next-gen Nexus 7 tablet? Well Digitimes is reporting that the next tablet will utilize Qualcomm’s technology according to sources from the upstream supply chain. The reasoning, you ask? Well, Google seems to be headed in the direction of showcasing an LTE-based variation of the tablet, which Qualcomm chips seem to fare well with compared to that of the Tegra chips. Of course NVIDIA did announce its Tegra 4i chip— which is certainly LTE-friendly, but NVIDIA does have some production delays to deal with until at least mid-summer and the new Nexus 7 tablet is expected to be unveiled in May— so using a Snapdragon processor seems to be a natural fit for the new tablet.
Of course this is all speculation until we see something a bit more concrete, but it’s looking more and more like we will see yet another Qualcomm-based device out there… not that anyone’s complaining and all.
We’re all ridiculously excited for Samsung to officially unveil the most hyped up phone of the year in March, but that’s not going to stop us from listening out for every little rumor that pops up. The latest comes from the Taipei Times and says the Galaxy S IV will indeed use different processors for different models of the phone, depending on the market. US variants will pack a Snapdragon 600, while international versions will use Samsung’s own Exynos octa-core processor. This was the case with the Galaxy S III, as Samsung’s in-house chip had some LTE problems. LTE is a huge selling point for US phone carriers, so it is possible that Samsung will have different models to make sure LTE performance is up to snuff in each area the device is released in.
This still isn’t official, and there’s a little wiggle room for speculation. Benchmarks showed an S IV using what appeared to be a Qualcomm S4 Pro in both Korea and the US, which could mean Samsung will fully adopt Qualcomm’s chips for the phone. It could also mean Samsung is intentionally or unintentionally leaking some specs of prototypes that may not represent the hardware that’s in the final product. Whatever the case may be, we’re going to find out in a little over two weeks.
source: Taipei Times