There are few questions left surrounding the upcoming OnePlus One. The device will be fully unveiled on April 23, but the company has used the time before that to give away information. Recently, they announced the One will feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 processor. When they did that, they left out the clock speed and amount of RAM included. Luckily, the company did that today. » Read the rest
It did not take long for a company’s 64-bit plans to surface. Chinese manufacturer ZTE is reportedly working on a device that will utilize one of Qualcomm’s upcoming 64-bit architecture Snapdragon processors. The codename is ‘Apollo’ and this follows ZTE’s tradition of codenaming devices after Greek mythology. The ZTE Grand S was known as ‘Athena’ in development.
So while we know this device will use on of Qualcomm’s beastly processors, we do not know if it will be the Snapdragon 808 or 810. Also, these processors are not expected until at leaset 2015.
Qualcomm continues to lead the way in mobile processors with the announcement of the Snapdragon 808 and Snapdragon 810. Designed for premium mobile devices, these new processors are 64-bit.
Both are designed in 20nm technology with Qualcomm’s 4th Generation Cat 6 LTE Advanced multimode modem providing speeds up to 300 Mbps. The big difference between the 808 and the 810 is that the 810 supports 4K Ultra HD displays, while the 808 supports WQXGA (2560 x 1600) displays. The 810 sports 64-bit quad core ARM Cortex-A57 CPUs and Cortex-A53 CPUs. You will also find an Adreno 430 GPU. The 808 combines two ARM Cortex-A57 cores along with a quad Cortex-A53 CPU. It also gets the new Adreno 418 GPU.
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Qualcomm has unveiled their Snapdragon 805 developer tablet, and it’s probably some of the most advanced hardware ever put in an Android tablet. The tablet, which runs Android 4.4 KitKat, has Qualcomm’s unreleased Snapdragon 805 processor on board, which looks to be a quad-core CPU clocked at 2.7 GHz. You’ll also get 3 GB of RAM, 64 GB of internal storage, a 2560 x 1440 display, a 13 megapixel rear camera and 2 megapixel front camera, and a slew of standard radios and ports, including 802.11ac WiFi radios, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, NFC, a microSD card slot, an HDMI port, and a USB port. » Read the rest
The folks overseas in Asia always have it better when it comes to smartphones. While the United States offers quad-core smartphones, Asian markets have devices with eight cores! While the new HTC One (M8) does not have an octa-core processor, Asia does still have an advantage with the device. In the United States, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974AB) will be clocked at 2.3GHz; however, Asian markets will get the same processor (MSM8974AC) set slightly higher at 2.5GHz.
Just 200MHz separates the two (as well as the end of their IDs). Will the difference between the two devices exist? Yes. Will it be noticeable? I highly doubt it. Regardless, owners of the new HTC One (M8) are getting one hell of a device.
Google announced earlier today the new Android Wear platform for wearable devices and mentioned a variety of manufacturers and chip makers promising to support further development. Qualcomm has released a statement letting fans of their Snapdragon line of chips know they have been “working behind the scenes” with Google and other OEM customers to develop devices powered by Snapdragon chips.
Qualcomm mentions they have experience with the smartwatch platform already thanks to their own in-house Toq product. Combining that experience and their collaborative efforts with Google, Qualcomm says their chips will enable manufacturers to deliver “outstanding performance and user experiences.”
Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 805 processor may not be the biggest and baddest one on the market in the future. According to a new AnTuTu benchmark, Huawei’s own octa-core Kirin 920 processor performs just as good. The processor is arranged with four Cortex-A7 and four Cortex-A15 CPU with ARM big.LITTLE architecture and Mali-T624; however, it is unknown if all eight cores can actually run at the same time. While the Snapdragon 805 earned 37,780 points, Huawei’s Kirin 920 came scored 37,363. Not too bad right?
It is becoming increasingly clear that Qualcomm is gaining some competition, even beyond Huawei. Samsung continues to release new Exynos processors (for part of the world) and even LG is working on Odin for future devices. Then there is NVIDIA, who is still working on gaining some of the attention Qualcomm stole from them in the mobile market. If not 2014, 2015 will be a year for secondary processors to become more prevalent.
If you didn’t know already, the Nexus 5 actually has a low-power audio processor for “always-on” listening (OK, Google) functionality. However, due to the limited functionality of the feature and its closed-source nature, it only works on the home screen and not when the device is asleep.
However, developer Guillaume Lesniak from the OmniROM team has managed to access the dedicated low-power audio core on the Snapdragon 800 chip to make use of this feature. The functionality is only a proof of concept for now, and although we could see it in later ROMs, it is unlikely because of Qualcomm’s re-distribution licensing issues. Hit the break for a video of the feature.
Yesterday Samsung and Qualcomm debuted the new LTE category 6 connectivity at MWC. Category 6 will offer about double the speed of that Category 4 currently has. The device that they used to showcase the new connectivity was a modified Note 3 running the new Snapdragon 805 and a Gobi 9×35 LTE modem.
During the tests, the Note 3 was able to reach and maintain download speeds of 300 Mbps. This speed was possible thanks to the Gobi 9×35 LTE modem. That modem will be featured in Qualcomm based high end devices. It’s the successor to the 9×25 series that was used in most of Qualcomm’s LTE devices last year. The 9×35 works by combining two 20 Mhz bands. This carrier aggregation doubles the available bandwidth. It works on both LTE TDD and FDD standards but is also backwards compatible with current legacy cellular networks.
Samsung will most likely offer a Note 3 with a Snapdragon 805 processor in South Korea later this year and chances are we’ll see the new modems with the new processor later this year.
If you watched Samsung’s Unpacked event yesterday, you might have noticed there was no mention of what processor the Galaxy S 5 will feature. Well last night, we posted an infographic highlighting the specs of all Galaxy S devices, and one thing that we did notice was that for the processor of the GS5, there were two listings. A 2.5GHz quad-core and a 2.1GHz octa-core.
Now the fact that there will be two versions isn’t surprising since that is exactly what happened last year. As to the octa-core, we can confirm that it is indeed an Exynos, but we don’t know which model yet. As to the quad-core, Samsung revealed that it will be the recently announced Qualcomm Snapdragon 801. The 801 is essentially an 800, but it has a higher clock speed and supports a faster GPU (578MHz vs. 550MHz). We expect that, just like last year, the majority of the world will get the Snapdragon, while Korea will get the Exynos version.