by Stephen Schenck | January 17, 2013 2:23 PM
Is it fair to call Samsung's Exynos 5 Octa an eight-core processor? After all, it doesn't operate all eight cores simultaneously, choosing from either a bank of four A15 or four A7 cores, and it's not like we commonly call the Tegra 3 with its extra power-saving core a five-core chip, right? Qualcomm CEO Dr. Paul Jacobs doesn't seem too pleased with how Samsung is trying to position this chip, and had a few choice words about the Exynos 5 Octa while speaking to reporters in Beijing. Mind you, this is all coming from a Chinese translation, so while these may not be the exact words Dr. ...
by Stephen Schenck | January 8, 2013 8:00 PM
Last night, Qualcomm took the lid off its latest changes to its system-on-a-chip lineup, unveiling its new naming scheme as well as its new top-tier chipsets, the 600 and 800 series. While the 600 doesn't sound like any slouch, its the 800 that's going to power the fastest of the fastest Android devices later this year. Let's take a look at just what it's capable of. If you've ever shaken your fist in frustration while your seemingly-high-end Android phone or tablet just couldn't keep up the pace when placed under the processing demands of a fast 3D game, pay special attention, because the ...
by Joe Levi | January 8, 2013 1:42 PM
NVIDIA isn't the only chip maker showing off new technology at this year's CES. Qualcomm has some news, too. Just incase you don't remember, Qualcomm makes the Snapdragon SoC and in particular the S4 line that powers our high-end smartphones and tablets. To start with, Qualcomm is changing the naming scheme of their processors to help differentiate the powers and abilities of their various chipsets. The new 800 series is high-end, 600's and 400's are middle-tier, and lower-end chips are in the 200's. Let's focus on the higher-end goodies for a moment. The Qualcomm 800-series ...
by Stephen Schenck | January 7, 2013 10:13 PM
NVIDIA may have kicked-off the CES with news of its Tegra 4 SoC, but now it's Qualcomm's turn to raise the silicon stakes, as it reveals to CES attendees what's next for its own line of mobile processors. After a surprise appearance from Microsoft's Steve Ballmer, Qualcomm announced its new chips, the Snapdragon 600 series and the higher-end 800 series. The 800 will support high-speed LTE-Advanced connectivity, along with the latest WiFi standards, and should be quite the number-cruncher with a quad-core design operating as fast as 2.3GHz. Ultra HD (4K) is all the rage at the CES this ...
by Joe Levi | November 2, 2012 3:16 PM
Snapdragon is one of the most successful and vastly popular mobile SoCs and is brought to us by Qualcomm. Something we don't often consider is that the Snapdragon is based on ARM's designs. To see where Snapdragon is headed, we first need to look at the ARM roadmap. ARM is the company that many of today's mobile SoCs are based upon. Some are ARMv5, some are ARMv7a-compatible. Others are something entirely different. Notice that I said "based upon". One might think that an SoC based on ARMv5 technology is old and slow. Not necessarily. Since ARMv5 has been around for a while there's been a ...
by Anton D. Nagy | September 27, 2012 2:38 AM
The Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro powering the LG Optimus G is a promising SoC but the chip-maker today unveiled two additional application processors: the MSM8225Q and MSM8625Q. Both of these are quad-core chips and are expected to be available by the first quarter of 2013. The two newcomers are "upgraded software compatible variants of the highly successful Snapdragon S4 Play MSM8225 and MSM8625 processors", with support for LPDDR2 memory. They have increased bus bandwidth to cope with 720p displays and 720p video encoding/decoding. The 8625Q packs a UMTS/CDMA modem, while the MSM8225Q ...
by Michael Fisher | September 20, 2012 2:22 PM
It's been a pretty wild week for mobile tech, and the one before that wasn't too shabby, either. Before that came IFA, which brought us some new hotness itself. You could say this autumn has so far been an epic explosion of new technology in the smartphone and tablet world. That's good news. For OEMs, for us, and for you. But it also means that sometimes, things can slip through the cracks. Take yesterday: we were so entranced by the news coming out of NYC's launch event for the HTC Windows Phone 8S and 8X and its implications for the Windows Phone landscape that we completely bypassed the ...
by Jaime Rivera | September 14, 2012 12:15 PM
Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we go through the iPhone 5 pre orders, which seem to be quickly running out. We then talk about LG's event along with Qualcomm where we assume the Optimus G will be revealed. We follow with some recent updates on Google Wallet, which are finally positive after years of deployment. Then we talk about Microsoft's recently weird move with Windows Phone 7.8, which we could say, backfired on them. We end today's show talking about some of the unfortunate news about the iPhone 5, so make sure you don't miss out on it. All this and more after the break.
by Anton D. Nagy | August 23, 2012 3:51 AM
Remember the LG super-phone which, according to recent reports, will probably be the LG Optimus G? It is expected to be powered by a quad-core processor, and pack 2GB of RAM, LTE connectivity, and a 4.7-inch screen with probably 1280 x 768 resolution. That "quad-core processor" will probably be one made by Qualcomm, as they unveiled recently, and will be a Snapdragon S4 chip with four cores. There is no official confirmation and Qualcomm only unveiled the fact that they are involved in the production of "a" phone made by LG but the Optimus G might just be a good candidate for that, even ...
by Stephen Schenck | July 31, 2012 10:11 AM
In the smartphone and tablet world, there's a huge rush with new technology to be the first to bring it to market. Sure, that's true for plenty of other electronics, as well, but with the kind of device turnover we see from smartphone users, as well as the incessant string of new releases from all the various manufacturers involved, this is one market where competition's especially fierce. Everyone wants to have the newest thing on their phones, whether that's a new Android build, a next-gen radio, or the latest System-on-a-Chip development. It's that last one we're taking a look at today, ...
by Joe Levi | June 15, 2012 10:56 AM
UPDATED: Thanks to our readers I've been able to shake off a little of the alien brain-washing that caused me to get some parts of the article dead wrong! I've updated the article with more accurate information and have removed the inaccurate information. Have you ever gone to the supermarket and found several lanes open? It doesn't matter which lane you pick, your lane is the slowest. It's inevitable! What do you do when you see the lane next to you moving faster? You move to that lane! But then that one slows down, and you move to another, then another, and another. Soon you realize that ...
by Michael Fisher | May 24, 2012 11:40 AM
Currently sitting at the top of many Android users' tech wish lists, the Samsung Galaxy S III is by any measure an impressive piece of kit. The follow-up to one of the most popular devices in Android's history, it has a lot to live up to. We've talked about some of the software customizations that will make this new Galaxy S its own flavor of smartphone, but we should keep in mind the fact that many millions of people will never, ever see the device in its announced configuration. The reason for this: carrier customizations. When wireless providers make the decision to carry a device on ...
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