Isn't technology just fascinating? Don't you remember a few years ago when the first dual-core and quad-core mobile processors were announced, and we all marveled at the progress but wondered why would we ever need this much power in a smartphone? Fast forward a few years and we're already considering octa-core processors as "midrange", like these newly announced Snapdragon chipsets.
First is the Snapdragon 617, coming before the end of 2015 with an X8 LTE modem (Cat 7 for up to 300 Mbps downlink and 100Mpbs uplink) and dual Image Signal Processor (ISP) for cameras up to 21MP. Both features are similar to its Snapdragon 618 and 620 siblings and would allow OEMs faster software compatibility optimization if they've already implemented them. Read More
After several faux-pas with its previous flagship processor, the Snapdragon 810, Qualcomm has been plotting its redemption scheme with a worthy successor, the 820. The chipset was announced at MWC 2015, but not much was known back then except the 64-bit CPU architecture, the FinFET design, and a slew of potential multimedia capabilities. We later learned that the Snapdragon 820 will have a new Adreno 530 GPU, which is 40% faster and 40% less power hungry than the Adreno 430 GPU included in the 810.
Now the company is back with more details regarding the Snapdragon 820, revealing its connectivity featureset, and it's a doozy. Read More
For the past few years, we have been struggling against the limits of battery technology in our devices. The more powerful they become, the more we want to use them, but battery capacity never caught up with our demands, so we keep finding ourselves with smartphones that mostly just barely make it through the day. To remedy this, Qualcomm introduced Quick Charge, a faster way to charge your device's battery so that you can get back to using it as soon as possible and with as little interruption as necessary.
Quick Charge has been through two iterations and Qualcomm just announced version 3.0, which adopts a new algorithm to improve speed and efficiency. Read More
Portable batteries are great for juicing up your gadgets when away from a power outlet. The problem is, most battery powered chargers deliver electrons at a snail's pace. Fortunately, thanks to Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 technology, there's a new crop of batteries that are both portable and fast. One of the better ones is Aukey's 10,400mAh battery, and right now you can pick one up for $20, a third less than the normal price.
Besides QC 2.0 technology, there isn't a lot to be said about the battery. It has one USB port, four LED charge level indicators, and a nice rounded aluminium shell. Read More
Qualcomm's high-end processors aren't exactly without their flaws right now, but the mid-range and entry level chips from the company are still seen as the best bang for the buck. The most popular budget SoCs from Qualcomm have gotten a little spec bump, but the company didn't think that was worth even a proper press release. No matter, we've got the details on the Snapdragon 212, 412, and 616. Read More
You are probably familiar with the issues surrounding the Snapdragon 810 by now, but a new chip is right around the corner that could get Qualcomm back on track. I speak of course of the fabled Snapdragon 820 (MSM8996). Details of this chip have allegedly been leaked in China, and while we can't know for sure that they're accurate, the slides sure look legit. Read More
Back in late July, the Qualcomm Corporation - employer of over 30,000 individuals at the time - began the process of telling about 15% of those people (eg, over 4,000 gainfully-employed human beings) they were no longer needed. This was after already cutting another 1500 jobs in late 2014.
The company's stock is currently trading near 2-year lows, and while obviously still a very robust company, Qualcomm can't keep putting in these kinds of numbers if it's going to maintain its position at the tippy-top of the smartphone chipset market.
Qualcomm (QCOM - NASDAQ) stock is down over 10% year-to-date. It is down over 20% from its peak, reached in early 2014. Read More
It's not easy being a chip and component maker in the smartphone industry and trying to turn a profit when competitors are driving the prices down to a point where an entire phone can cost somewhere around $50. It's even harder when the high-end market is being governed by a few players, the major one of whom decides to "dump" your chips and use their own for its flagship. That's Qualcomm's conundrum right now. The company, which has been a mainstay on the spec sheet of a grand majority of the Android phones we talk about here on Android Police, is hitting a rough patch — not enough to sound the alarm sirens, but enough to jeopardize the employment of thousands of its workforce. Read More
You don't usually think of HP as a company that makes desirable Android tablets. And in fact, when you go to the HP site and peruse the tablet section, you'd be proven right. However, tucked away in the business-oriented side of the site are some devices that might qualify as lust-worthy for certain Android fans.
One such device is the HP Pro Slate 8, which was announced back in January and was released late this spring. It's basically an iPad Mini running Android, plus a screaming ultrasonic pen. That sounds more awesome than it is. Read More