The Xiaomi Mi Note has been available to consumers for months now, but the high-end variant powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor was left behind. Lei Jun, the CEO of Xiaomi, announced today that the company has a date to start accepting pre-orders for the handset.
In a very brief exchange between Qualcomm’s Senior Director of Public Relations Jon Carvill and website FudZilla, Carvill delivered a very specific message: “There are no plans for a Snapdragon 815 processor.”
It had been reported around the web, including here at Talk Android, that Qualcomm was working on a cutting-edge successor to the Snapdragon 810, the 810 making its debut in many of the flagship Android OEM devices this 2015. Sadly, though, the 815 was just a myth; however, Qualcomm did shed light on its next processor, the Snapdragon 820, during this past MWC.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.