To get their name into the entry-level device market, Qualcomm will be launching a special processor during the last half of 2014. The Snapdragon 410 is aimed for devices that cost about $150. The processor stands out because it is based on 64-bit architecture, something Qualcomm discredited a few months ago. The Snapdragon 410 supports LTE networks and high quality graphics for the price.
Qualcomm has finally listed their Toq smartwatch for preorder, and it’s got a hefty price tag. They’re asking $349 for the wearable tech, which is definitely expensive compared to Samsung’s Galaxy Gear, and especially expensive against things like the Pebble. The technology is a bit more advanced, including a Mirasol always-on screen, enough juice to last multiple days between charges, and compatibility with any smartphone, but I’m not sure the average consumer will be able to see (or justify) the price difference.
This one’s probably just going to be aimed at developers and extremely early adopters, but it’ll be nice to see how this pans out for Qualcomm.
LG will be getting into the processor game pretty soon, as rumors are swirling regarding a new processor from the manufacturer called “Odin.”
It was originally thought that LG’s L2 would feature Odin, but instead offered a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU.
Now, DigitalTimes is reporting that LG has said that Odin has two versions. One has a quad-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz and has an ARM Mali-T604 GPU, and the other has eight cores with ARM’s Mali-T760 GPU. The SoCs are currently being tested, but an announcement date is not mentioned.
Qualcomm just announced their newest mobile chip, the Snapdragon 805. The 805 will bring support for Ultra HD (4K) video as well as more efficiency. It will also be paired with the Adreno 420 GPU, which has 40 percent more graphics processing power. This is the first mobile processor that supports both 4K video playback and capture, which is quite impressive.
“Using a smartphone or tablet powered by Snapdragon 805 processor is like having an UltraHD home theater in your pocket, with 4K video, imaging and graphics, all built for mobile,” said Murthy Renduchintala, executive vice president, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and co-president, QCT.
Qualcomm announced today that they will start selling their Toq (pronounced “talk”) smartwatch on December 2nd aka Cyber Monday. The device will sell for $349.99 and at least initially, will only be sold directly by Qualcomm from their web site. The Toq features a Mirasol low power display that supposedly will be capable of running for several days between charges despite being in an “always on” state. The device can be paired with an Android device running at least Android 4.0.3, although Qualcomm indicates 4.3 Jelly Bean is preferred. The Toq will come loaded with weather and stock apps from AccuWeather and E*TRADE respectively to go along with the apps providing the ability to accept/reject calls, view text messages, get meeting alerts and receive other notifications.
If you want to get on the mailing list to be notified by Qualcomm of other updates about the devices and to be one of the first to know when it is available for order, head over to toq.qualcomm.com to sign up. You can hit the break to read the full press release from Qualcomm. » Read the rest
Yesterday we learned that the Nexus 5 will have a non-removeable battery sized at 2300 mAh, but prospective owners should not have to worry about running out of juice quickly. Inside will be Qualcomm’s new QFE1100 envelope tracker that the company claims to be able to reduce heat and power consumption from the radio components. A huge concern with many phones is the pace at which LTE data kills a phone’s battery; however, Qualcomm’s new envelope tracker aims to solve that. Also, the Nexus 5 has the 802.11ac WiFi standard. This means that if you have a compatible router, your phone will reach the signal easier with much larger transfer speeds. All very good signs if you’re picking up a Nexus 5.
Ouya, the popular game console manufacturer is at it again with what appears to be a follow through on promised new Android powered gaming devices. Announcements of Ouya 2.0 are already in the works and is geared up for a release to the masses some time next year. In addition, the company is in favor of updating the look of their consoles with a whole new design leaving previous models behind. CEO Julie Urman made the following statement to further corroborate:
Our plan is to have Ouya 2.0 sometime next year, we haven’t finalized the date of that. We’re still determining what exactly we want that to be. For the hardware, we are looking at different chips. We are looking at what type of performance we want. » Read the rest
About a week ago, we saw evidence for a refreshed version of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 CPU. Today, we’ve got another leak in the form of an AnTuTu benchmark that’s in line with what we’ve heard previously; a bumped up 2.5 GHz clock speed, slightly faster Adreno 420 GPU, and the same APQ8084 model number. No word on if Qualcomm will market this is an upgraded Snapdragon 800 processor or as something completely different (Snapdragon 1000?) but I’m sure we’ll hear about it before any official announcement.
This is probably one of the first of many leaks we’ll see about this processor before Qualcomm makes anything official, but since we haven’t seen any mention of this processor powering any holiday devices, I think it’s a safe bet that we won’t see it until next year.
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We’re seeing a brand new Snapdragon processor showing up in some benchmarks that appears to be the successor to the extremely powerful Snapdragon 800. This APQ8084 CPU scores just slightly better than Snapdragon 800 devices, so it’s not a major improvement, but it will reportedly make improvements in other areas that aren’t easily measured in benchmarks. The Adreno 420 GPU is getting a 50 mhz clock boost, and it’s getting DirectX 11.1 support. With the video game industry moving towards more mobile devices, DirectX support in a mobile CPU like that would be a giant step forward. It will also support 4k video and 64-bit processing, so we’ll see if there are many devices that take advantage of that in the next year or so.
You shouldn’t expect this processor to be in consumer devices anytime soon, but Qualcomm will likely make some announcements around CES of next year.
There’s been a lot of hype about the Xiaomi MI3, especially because of its awesome specs, and we finally know that it’s coming out on October 15. Thing is, though, that this variant will only have Nvidia’s Tegra 4 processor, and is tailor made for China Mobile’s TD-SCDMA 3G network.
The other variants have Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor. We currently have no word on when the other variants will be released, but rumors suggest late November or maybe even early 2014.
It’s a weird situation, and very well may delay Xiaomi’s plans to go international.