Details leak about Qualcomm’s Next-Gen Processor, the Snapdragon 815

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While the current generation of smartphones, with the exception of Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, are using the Snapdragon 810 processor in their flagship devices, that doesn’t mean that Qualcomm are standing on their laurels. Instead, the chip maker is already concentrating on its next top end CPU, the Snapdragon 815 according to an unnamed source.
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Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology charges ahead of conventional chargers in video test

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One of the things we’ve come to accept in the smartphone era is that after a full day’s use, our devices usually need to be charged daily. Being human, we often forget to attach said phones to the charger and then we are stuck having to disable most of the fancy smartphone functions to try and get eek it through the day, having reduced our smartphone to dumbphone status. Larger batteries just mean it takes longer to fully charge. Thankfully, Qualcomm has come to our rescue with its Quick Charge 2.0 technology and has prepared a video demonstration on the topic featuring three Nexus 6 handsets and 3 very different chargers.
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Cyanogen Inc. receives $80 million in funding

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Earlier today, Cyanogen Inc. founders Steve Kondik and Kirt McMaster announced that they’ve secured $80 million in funding from a group of investors, which includes: Twitter Ventures, Qualcomm, Telefónica Ventures, Smartfren Telecom, Index Ventures, Access Industries,Vivi Nevo and Rupert Murdoch, in addition to several other partners who have asked to remain anonymous.


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Simmer down: Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 815 will run cooler than the 810

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By now, everyone knows that the Snapdragon 810 may or may not be experiencing issues regarding its temperature. There are claims that the processor from Qualcomm gets abnormally hot, worrying some hardware manufacturers to the point where they have opted for in-house solutions. The Galaxy S6, regardless of market, will use an Exynos processor from Samsung. HTC is sticking with the Snapdragon 810 anyways. The truth is that there is so much confusion regarding the matter. What we do know is that the Snapdragon 810’s successor will run cooler than it.


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J.K Shin: The Galaxy S6 will take back market share lost from Apple, Snapdragon 810 wasn’t good enough

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There is no question that J.K Shin’s job might be riding on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. Samsung lost a considerable amount of market share to rival Apple when they finally released an iPhone with a respectable display size. Now Shin is confident that the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge will take back that market share and boost Samsung’s stock price.

He said, “I’m confident that the Galaxy S6 Edge is a product that showcases Samsung’s innovation in the smartphone manufacturing industry. The Galaxy S6 and Edge will achieve a considerable market share in the high-end handset segment.”


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Qualcomm’s new fingerprint sensor might be better than Apple’s Touch ID

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Qualcomm is certainly making some news this week at Mobile World Congress. With a new 820 chip, a collaboration with Cyanogen, and now a new fingerprint sensor that promises to be better than Apple’s Touch ID.

Based on Snapdragon Sense ID, this new fingerprint sensor verifies your fingerprint in 3D using ultrasonic waves. This ultrasonic technology is now being used in biometric security applications. It can “penetrate the outer layers of skin, detecting three-dimensional details and unique fingerprint characteristics, including fingerprint ridges and sweat pores.” What that means is that others won’t be able to use a copy of your fingerprint to break into your phone. Apple’s Touch ID is based on a 2D image scan.


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Cyanogen inks deal with Qualcomm to help low cost device makers in developing countries

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Well this is an interesting deal. Qualcomm has partnered with Cyanogen in order to bring their best software enhancements from Cyanogen OS to Qualcomm’s Reference Design (QRD) devices.

These reference devices will utilize the Snapdragon 200, 400, and 600 Series and is meant to assist device makers of lower cost handsets for developing markets. The Cyanogen OS brings their own launcher and enhancements to Android’s personal information management apps such as the dialer, messaging, contacts, and calendar.


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

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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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