Qualcomm says Snapdragon power coming to smartwatches

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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.”

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801, 610, and 615 get announced, one shipping already

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snapdragon_lineupMobile World Congress wouldn’t be the same without a new round of processor’s being announced and showcased. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801, 610, and 615 have gotten the spotlight this time around. The Snapdragon 801 is very similar to the 800, receiving only a performance boost. The clock speed of the CPU has been boosted from 2.26GHz to 2.45GHz and the GPU from 450MHz to 578MHz. This processor has already been selected by Sony for the Xperia Z2.

The Snapdragon 610 and 615 are joining Qualcomm’s 64-bit family. While the 610 utilizes four 64-bit ARM Cortex A53 cores, the 615 goes to eight of those same cores. Both have the Adreno 405 GPU. These two processors are slated for devices coming late in 2014.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 802 slain by lack of demand

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Qualcomm Technologies announced the Snapdragon 802 chip targeted at Smart TVs last month during CES 2014. Just over a month later, citing weak demand, the company has announced it is killing off the chip. When announced, Qualcomm noted that the processor was uniquely designed to power Smart TVs running Ultra HD resolutions as well as smart set top boxes. » Read the rest

Images and specs of Oppo Find 7 leak

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The upcoming Oppo Find 7 will definitely be up there in the specs department, and a recent leak shows as much. The device was already confirmed to have a 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 (2K) display, as well as 4G LTE connectivity. An earlier leak also showed off the device’s steel frame.

Now, we’re getting to see the phone’s screen compared against the size of a 100 Yuan bill and a can of Pepsi. The size is exactly 152.76 x 75.22mm.

The front of the device should be big enough to fit a front camera, as well as a speaker and proximity sensors. New information suggesting that the phone will have 3GB RAM and either a Snapdragon 800/805 processor has appeared as well.

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Qualcomm’s new 64-bit chip targets entry-level devices

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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 an impressive price.

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More evidence of an updated Snapdragon 800 CPU appears in benchmarks

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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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Image of Galaxy Note III leaks, rumored to have extremely thin bezel

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The successor to Samsung’s phablet, the Note II, is only a few days away from an official announcement, but you won’t have to wait to see what the back of the device looks like. A picture of the Galaxy Note III has leaked online, and according to the tipster, the device has extremely narrow bezels.

The phone is rumored to have a 5.68-inch full HD super AMOLED display for developed markets and full HD LCD for developing markets, a Snapdragon 800 processor in 70-80% of devices while there will be an Exynos 5220 in 20-30% of devices, a 13 MP camera, 3 GB RAM, the option for 32/64 GB internal storage, Hifi Music Playback at 24bit/192kHz, a 3300-3420mAh battery, and Android 4.3.

We already know that the phone is going to be an absolute beast, so it’s just a matter of time before we can get our hands on it.

Hit the break for a more zoomed in photo of the device.

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LG announces G Pad 8.3 before IFA, set for a global Q4 release

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In an effort to distinguish its own product from those that will be unveiled at IFA this week, LG officially announced their G Pad 8.3 yesterday. The 8-incher will feature a 1920 x 1200 WUXGA full HD screen, a whopping 4,600mAh battery, a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor clocked at 1.7 GHz, 16 GB internal storage, and 2 GB RAM. It packs a lot, but it’s still just 8.33mm thick and weighs 338 grams.

The tablet will run Jelly Bean 4.2.2 out of the box, and features a lot of the same software enhancements loaded up on the LG G2 inlcuding QPair, QSlide, KnockOn, etc.

The device will be available globally in Q4 in two color options: black or white. Expect to hear more once we see it in full at IFA. Hit the break for the full press release.

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Qualcomm aims a little Snapdragon firebreath in MediaTek’s direction

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Competition causes companies to constantly raise the bar, which turns out to be a big benefit for consumers. Another side-effect that is produced is the occasional sniping that companies will take at each other, always entertaining in this age of connected technology. The latest example involves Qualcomm and MediaTek, both working to gain your business via smartphone and tablet device manufacturers’ choices for their mobile processors. Qualcomm has produced a video now available on YouTube that takes some shots at MediaTek’s plans to produce a true eight-core processor before the end of 2013. » Read the rest

Nexus 7 tablet experiencing difficulties in getting factory images available for the masses, causing Jean Baptiste-Queru to give up and leave AOSP all together

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As excited as we are about the ushering of the new Nexus 7 tablet, there have been some quiet— but major technical snafus for the Android hardcore which has resulted in one of the most important pieces of the AOSP disappearing from the project all together. Tech stud Jean Baptiste-Queru officially confirmed the various rumors regarding his AOSP position and thus, confirmed that he was leaving everything all together because of his frustration with the difficulty of getting factory images for the newest Google tablet. Check out the following for his reasoning:

 

Well, I see that people have figured out why I’m quitting AOSP.

 

There’s no point being the maintainer of an Operating System that can’t boot to the home screen on its flagship device for lack of GPU support, especially when I’m getting the blame for something that I don’t have authority to fix myself and that I had anticipated and escalated more than 6 months ahead.

 

The reasoning is certainly legit, but what’s really eye-opening is the part where he talks about a Google flagship device not being able to boot to the home screen because of the lack of GPU support. Android purists will recall that the Nexus 4— which also features a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip— originally didn’t have the factory image and source code released in full. Naturally the issues were addressed, but owners of the device weren’t able to enjoy the true Nexus experience since the source code/factory images couldn’t be modified. Now we’re going through the same exact issue as the Snapdragon-powered Nexus 7 doesn’t have the factory images available to the masses. Is it a coincidence that both devices that two Snapdragon-based Nexus devices have had factory image issues? Probably— but one thing’s definitely for sure: it’s certainly going to suck not having Jean Baptiste Queru for our AOSP needs. Hopefully the Android team will find some sort of fix or remedy for future Nexus devices.

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