Posts tagged with: Snapdragon 800
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    Being able to talk to your phone, issuing voice commands while it's sitting around in its low power sleep mode, is a feature that really came to prominence last year with the launch of the Motorola Moto X. But while the Moto X gave it wings, the DSP hardware that can be used of to pull off such a trick is present on plenty of other handsets – just yesterday, we looked at an unofficial effort to bring the ability to the Nexus 5. There, it's the Snapdragon 800 offering that low power DSP – a chip we just heard confirmed for the upcoming OnePlus One CyanogenMod phone. OnePlus has been ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about how AT&T is now teasing the Asus PadFone X, and what this means for the product in the US market. We then talk about the all-new HTC One, and what to expect from its special dual cameras. Que focus later on the Snapdragon 800, and how a developer figured out how to allow an "always listening" feature, like on the Moto x. Apple vs Samsung follow as we talk about how the lawsuit is really focused on stripping Samsung from making smartphone profits. Then we end today's show talking about iOS 8 and even iOS 9, aside from the rumors of the ...

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    Voice control for smartphones really started hitting the mainstream with the introduction of Siri, and since then we've seen it expand to address new platforms (like the forthcoming launch of Cortana for WP8.1) and offer new abilities, like the Touchless Control always-listening mode offered by Motorola's Moto X. While it was cool to see the Moto X pull off such a trick, we were left scratching our heads as to why dozens more Androids couldn't do the same. After all, such functionality was teased as one of the Snapdragon 800's abilities long before the chip ever saw the light of day. So ...

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    Sony just debuted a handful of new Xperia models, and while reading up on the changes, one detail might have caught your eye: both the Z2 and Z2 Tablet run Qualcomm's Snapdragon 801 SoC. The 800 we're well familiar with from recent flagships, and last fall we saw Qualcomm announce the 805, but what's all this 801 business? Qualcomm officially announced the 801 at the MWC this morning, but it turns out that this is one chip we've already had on our radar. Let's back up for a moment: the Snapdragon 800 so many of us know and love is Qualcomm's MSM8974 – and specifically, the MSM8974-AA ...

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    NVIDIAs newest SoC, the Tegra K1, made waves at CES 2014 when it was announced to have 192 cores! Alas, they're graphics cores, not processor cores. Another chip maker has some news out of CES as well! What does Qualcomm has in store for us in 2014? What cool new things can its chips do? Here's all you need to know about Qualcomm's newest Snapdragons: the 410, 602A, 802, and 805. Here's a hint: TVs, cars, and 64-bit are on their way! Smart Cars Qualcomm's mid-range Snapdragon 600 powers some of this year's older phones, such as the HTC One. However, since the 600 isn't the highest-end ...

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    When Motorola's Moto X first launched, I remember not being too enthusiastic about the phone's “Touchless Control” feature – the ability that, among other things, let the user interact with the handset using voice commands even when the phone was in standby mode. I think a lot of my objection at the time was formed around a knee-jerk reaction to what seemed to me (at least on first glance) a pretty unsavory idea: that of your phone perpetually monitoring what you say. But in the months that have followed, I've found myself softening to Touchless Control – especially because I'm ...

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    Sometimes there's so much news you need to call in the Reserves just to handle it all, and that's just what we've done this week. Between Google's surprise announcement of an unlikely pair of additions to the Google Play Store; Microsoft's rumored offer to pay Samsung to keep making Windows Phones; and a boatload of reviews, we're in over our heads this week - so we've brought in four team members to do the news justice. Sorry, no listener mail this week - but in its place you get a consolation prize: you get to know what curious fate befell that Lumia 2520 we were tinkering with a while ...

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    CyanogenMod has really been in the public eye lately, following its incorporation earlier this year. Just yesterday, we saw the official CyanogenMod Installer hit the Play Store, hoping to introduce new (and maybe less tech-savvy) users to the custom ROM, and we've also seen the launch of the Oppo N1, not just with official CM support, but also its own special CM edition available. We expect to see a lot more from Cyanogen Inc. over the coming months, and one new rumor out today suggests that includes plans for a full-on CyanogenMod phone. Apparently, that means that unlike the N1, with ...

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    There are still a few months left to go in the year, but it already feels safe to say that we've had a pretty decent showing of SoCs this year. While NVIDIA failed to attract much attention with its Tegra 4, Qualcomm has absolutely been knocking the ball out of the park, and you'll find Snapdragon chips at the heart of most of this year's hottest handsets. That's spelled great things for currently available models, but where do we go from here? As we look forward to 2014 and the chip announcements that will come with it, we're hearing a little about what Qualcomm's been working on – ...

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    The Nexus 5 has seen its share of coverage this week - not just at Pocketnow, but all across the internet. It's not just the newest major Android smartphone to see release; it's the once-a-year Nexus phone straight from Google. As such, it commands a degree of exclusive excitement, a hipsteresque appeal that merits a whole lot of media coverage - despite bolder devices hitting the market elsewhere. Much of the excitement for the Nexus 5 comes from owners of the current-generation Nexus 4, last winter's Googlephone Of The Moment that warranted almost the same level of feverish fanboyism. ...

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    Just so we're all on the same page, a System on a Chip (SoC) is an integrated circuit which combines all the core components of an electronic system into a single chip. Depending on its use, it might include digital, analog, and mixed-signal processing, and typically includes various radio-frequency functionality. Blah blah blah. It's the chip that powers your phone or tablet. Got it? Good, let's get into the really interesting stuff! SoCs are made by manufacturers including (but certainly not limited to) Intel, Texas Instruments, Apple, Samsung, Qualcomm, and more. Today's industry ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Qualcomm's new enhancements to come to the Snapdragon 800 processor. We then talk about HTC, and the company's plans to build a smartwatch that is not a gimmick. Google follows as their purchase of Flexycore spells positive speed enhancements for Android in the future. Nokia is next as we get details on the new Lumia 1520, Lumia 1320 and Lumia 2520 that were announced. We end today's show talking about Apple's new iPad Air, and iPad mini with Retina Display. All this and more after the break. Stories: - New Snapdragon 800 flavor in the works? ...

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    If you're looking to make a top-of-the-line smartphone, when it comes to your choice for the silicon that should power your handset, it's hard to beat Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800. This year has proven the 800 to be wildly more popular than NVIDIA's Tegra 4, and even Samsung, with its own Exynos line of chips to rely upon, continues to turn to Qualcomm for a large fraction of its models. But even with the 800 powering this season's flagships, we're already looking to what's next; who's going to come out with the SoC to best even the 800? As we wait for that answer, it looks like Qualcomm may ...

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    Those of you waiting for a phablet on the Windows Phone platform may be in store for more than just any phablet. We've heard about the Nokia Lumia 1520, and we do know that the company is planning to announce this phone on Tuesday at their Nokia World event. But if this thing were just big, it probably wouldn't mean as much as it does now that we've got some specs to match its size. The device just got leaked in a Chinese online store, and this is definitely going to be a monster. It's apparently bringing a 6-inch 1080p display, which in the chassis of a Lumia is already far from big. Then ...

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    By now, we've seen the HTC One Max six ways from Sunday; its most recent appearance put the handset up against the Galaxy Note II and 3. Underneath all that, a mystery's been trying to work itself out: just what SoC would this phablet run? While early rumors and frankly, common sense, suggested that we'd be seeing a Snapdragon 800, more recently there's been talk that the One Max might go a different route, running either an S4 Pro or maybe a 600. Today, a new rumor attempts to get to the bottom of why HTC isn't just giving the phone an 800. Supposedly, supply issues could be forcing HTC's ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Google's recent update to their Android Device Manager, and what enhancements are included. Then we talk about Nokia's phablet project, the rumored Lumia 1520, and then we talk about Windows Phone GDR3 running on a Lumia 920. We later go through the first leaked screenshots of Windows Phone 8.1, and some of the things we could expect. Later we move the spotlight to the HTC One Max, and some good and bad rumors. We end today's show talking about some possible release dates for the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2. All this and more after the break. ...

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    The HTC One Max sure isn't shy about posing for the camera, and earlier today we brought you the latest pics of the hardware to arrive. While the general layout looks like a lock, we've been hearing some conflicting rumors about internal hardware choices, and last week the idea landed that the phablet might not run a Snapdragon 800, but something more along the lines of an S4 Pro, instead. That's not particularly great news, but one way or another, we'd like to get it either confirmed and learn to live with it, or see it rejected and get back to guessing. Yet another new One Max leak ...

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    After the recent leaks of the LG's next iteration of a Nexus smartphone, which we all lovingly call the Nexus 5, a new device dubbed LG D820 has just landed at the FCC. Don't think that we'll begin calling every single LG product to land on the FCC a Nexus for the next couple of weeks; there are actually documents that hint to this specific device being the product we're looking for. The spec sheet of this phone is extremely interesting. The last three Nexus smartphones have been good devices in everything but specs, and it seems that Google is planning to change this for the good. This ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Samsung Galaxy S 4 with Snapdragon 800, which is now slated for Europe in the next coming weeks. Then we go through the Microsoft Surface 2 and the new features that it'll include. We later shift focus to BlackBerry and their status as a company in the next coming months. We then talk about a new prototype of the iPhone being tested with a larger display. Verizon is next as pre-orders of the Galaxy Note III and Galaxy Gear have begun. We end today's show talking about the Samsung Galaxy Gear and its compatibility with other smartphones. ...

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    Sometimes, you push obligations back for too long and they just pile up, week after week after week, until they never get done. Well, when we started the Pocketnow Weekly technology podcast just over one year ago, we decided that listener mail -your mail- was going to be a big part of it, and it's consistently added flavor to the show. But the last few weeks have been so packed with news that we've been forced to neglect our listener mailbag - much to the justified consternation of some of our loyal writers-in. So today, we're finally making good on a long-held debt: we're devoting an ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the fact that it seems that the Nokia Lumia 1020 has not sold as well as we expected. Still, there are rumors of the company working on its own Windows RT tablet, even though these rumors aren't quite new. ASUS follows as the company's Chairman doesn't seem happy at all with Windows RT and is planning to not offer it on future tablets. The Samsung Exynos processor follows, as there are some benchmark realities to talk about. We end today's show talking about some leaks of the Amazon Kindle Fire line-up for 2013, even though we're not excited. ...

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    Does a model RX-108 ring any bells for you? Don't worry if you're drawing a blank, because it has been a seriously long time since we talked about the device. It popped up back in February as a possible Nokia Windows 8 tablet, but literally all we had was that model number – at the time, it wasn't clear if we were talking WinRT or full-on Win8. Fast-forward five months, and while the RX-108 remains a mystery, a close relative is back in the news, with Nokia model RX-114 showing up in a benchmark database. Standard benchmark DB warnings apply – as far as possibly fake info goes, it's a ...

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    Lately, we've been tracking evidence that seemed to point to the existence of some new Galaxy S 4 variants. Specifically, following the launch of the LTE-A, Snapdragon 800 version in South Korea, we've been looking for signs that similar models might be on their way to other markets. For models like the GT-I9506, there's been quite a bit of support for that idea, and benchmarks combined with rumors sure painted the picture of a Snapdragon 800 GS4 in testing for Europe. That's not the only new model number that's surfaced, and earlier this week we looked at traces of a GT-I9507, as well. We ...

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    A couple days back we told you about Samsung model GT-I9506, apparently a Galaxy S 4-series handset that appeared to be in development and which benchmark results suggested might be powered by a Snapdragon 800 SoC, just like the GS4 LTE-A Samsung recently launched in South Korea. We heard some theories that GT-I9506 might still be constrained to certain markets – Russia was mentioned, specifically – but today some new signs point to a much broader launch for this hardware. First, we get some more detailed system info. There's that tell-tale Adreno 330 GPU, but the 800's presence is ...

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    For as much as we like the Galaxy S 4, it was still a bit of a bummer to learn that Samsung was already releasing a version of the smartphone with some updated hardware, bringing South Korea some GS4 models capable of LTE-Advanced operation and running Snapdragon 800 chips. So far, that's the only market that's been targeted with this new hardware, but we're now wondering if Samsung could have another 800-running GS4 up its sleeve, and if it could arrive as the company's model GT-I9506. That model's in the news today thanks to some benchmark data, which sure seems to suggest that GT-I9506 ...

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