Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 810 is going to be one of the fastest processors available in phones and tablets this year, but that doesn’t mean the company is going to stop pushing forward. The latest information about Qualcomm’s next plans has surfaced, detailing where the company wants to push processors next.
The biggest thing to look forward to is the Snapdragon 820 processor. Rumors suggest the 820 will feature a full 8-core architecture that doesn’t use ARM’s big.LITTLE setup, so this might be the first high-end processor we’ll see that utilizes all 8 cores simultaneously. It will also supposedly utilize a 14 nm process and LPDDR4 memory support.
Mobile device security was a hot issue in 2014, and it’s likely going to stay that way in 2015. Many device manufacturers looked into adding kill switches to their phones, and Google has even worked on their implementation.
On the hardware side of things, Qualcomm has announced they are working on a solution for stolen and lost devices called SafeSwitch, which will allow users to remotely lock their devices to secure personal information. Once the device is found, it can then be unlocked and re-activated.
AnTuTu has released their top 10 performance rankings for smartphones for the third quarter of 2014. At the top of the list is the Meizu MX4 which made a statement with its MediaTek processor in holding off other contenders. MediaTek also grabbed the second spot with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Despite the prowess of the chip, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon line still powered most of the devices in the top 10.
Next week in Berlin, the major players in the mobile industry will have plenty of news to share. Qualcomm released the image above as a teaser for what it has in store for IFA 2014. The image was posted on the company’s Twitter account and included the caption “We’re thinking about your future: a
#Snapdragon powered multi-core 64-bit smartphone is headed to @IFA_Berlin.”
So next week, a new processor will 64-bit support will be introduced. We have already seen an alleged leaked roadmap with upcoming chipsets, so this is likely one of them.
Source: Qualcomm (Twitter)
Someone was lucky enough to get their hands an the roadmap for Snapdragon processors. It shows what is ahead for Qualcomm and its beloved processor brand. A few of the listed Snapdragon processors are already known, but there is a new series introduced in this alleged roadmap.
Xiaomi might not be the most well-known Android OEM in the western hemisphere, but in Asia, it’s huge.
The company sells its devices off shelves like it’s nothing — and its next phone should have no problem attracting customers either.
We’ve got rumors from South Korea this morning — it looks like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is currently in mass production and will continue through July, to prepare for a September 25 global launch.
An official announcement is expected at IFA 2014 consumer electronics trade show in Berlin. The rumors, at least this time, can be taken with a bit more than just a grain of salt, as multiple shareholders seem to be the leakers this time.
We already know about the Huawei Ascend P7, but it’s been revealed that the company is also working on a smaller variant of the phone, the P7 mini. The device is expected to be officially announced on May 7 alongside the P7.
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.”
Mobile 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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