Posts tagged with: Snapdragon 810
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    In case you were wondering just how badly last year’s Snapdragon 810 overheating snafus hurt Qualcomm’s overall SoC sales, it turns out things weren’t so very grim. In fact, QCM retained its global smartphone AP domination, according to research by Strategy Analytics, somehow managing to account for more than the combined market shares of the industry’s first and second runner-ups. That’s right, Snapdragon silicon controlled 42 percent of revenue generated by smartphones sold worldwide in 2015, while Apple-designed chips grabbed 21 percent, and MediaTek’s fast-rising ...

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    With Qualcomm pretty clearly out of contention for the title of last year’s fastest and most reliable smartphone SoC, due to Snapdragon 810’s highly publicized overheating woes and SD808’s sub-flagship capabilities, you have to figure Samsung and Apple ultimately disputed the crown. Technically, Nvidia could have posed a threat too, but its otherwise impressive Tegra X1 silicon only saw daylight inside an Android TV set-top box, with the Google Pixel C tablet nowhere to be found on store shelves yet. As for MediaTek, the budget-first Chinese chip maker remains too small a player for ...

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    Isn't it annoying to scroll down the YouTube comments of a video and see "FIRST" pop out at number seven or eight? And even if it really is the first comment, shouldn't it really be a statement about something? Qualcomm made such a statement today. In its CES event, chief executive Steven Mollenkopf said that the LeTV Max Pro will be the first smartphone to sport the Snapdragon 820 chipset. Not only does this turn the page on what would questionably be a dark spot in the company's mobile application processor legacy with the Snapdragon 810, but it also puts to bed rumors that Samsung had ...

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    Winter is coming and all we can worry about is too much heat. The ghost of Qualcomm may or may not have to do with this Samsung development, though you try disseminating those Snapdragon 810 heat tests and putting that together with Samsung's decision to go in-house for its chipsets this year. As best we know it, Samsung is supposed to be manufacturing half of its Galaxy S7 units with its latest Exynos product while the other half, by supply necessity, is going with the Snapdragon 820. Reports (from what we could tell, likely from Taiwanese parts manufacturers' stock performance reports) ...

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    It’s no secret the widespread and hard to contain cooling issues of the Snapdragon 810 SoC rocked Qualcomm’s dependability to its core, but thanks to a toweringly dominant market position, the semiconductor giant managed to survive the scandal. Rumor has it Samsung is even willing to embrace the company’s next-gen smartphone flagship chip, the Snapdragon 820, which should power the Galaxy S7 in regions the Exynos 8890, aka M1, may not penetrate. But Qualcomm can’t afford new controversy, regardless of the Korean device manufacturer’s readiness to customize and stabilize a ...

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    Was the Snapdragon 810 chipset just a (flaming hot) fluke? Has Qualcomm restored its reputation of reliable performance in its high-tier silicon? Is all the bashing, the ridicule and the doubt over for the San Diego-based company? We will soon find out as the all-new Snapdragon 820 system-on-a-chip is available for OEMs to use right now. The company's announcement from Hong Kong played heavy the 820's capacity for extreme LTE speeds: up to 600Mbps downlink and 150Mbps uplink (Cat. 13 and 12 speeds respectively) through its new X12 LTE modem. The chipset takes advantage of exclusive ...

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    Sony just launched its latest Xperia-series smartphones, and from the Z5 Compact to the Z5 Premium, they're all running Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoCs. The choice of the 810 is sensible enough – it's one of the top performers out there on the market right now – but Sony's struggled with the chip in the past, notably on the Xperia Z4/Z3+. When we saw those models arrive just a few months back, they were followed by reports of problematic overheating, rendering the phone unusable in certain situations – and shooting with the phone's camera found itself near the top of that list. ...

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    If Google indeed plans to keep its next two Nexus smartphones on the sidelines until October, there may not be much left to announce by then. Already, we (think we) know a great deal about the stock Android Marshmallow-powered LG and Huawei phones, with the former manhandled and rendered last week, and the latter following suit now. This isn’t the first time we’re getting convincing hints as to the external appearance of the alleged Nexus 6 sequel, but the photos floating around the interwebs today show something we haven’t seen before: an actual N6 2015 prototype, in all ...

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    Achievements with caveats come quite often in this industry. While not on Apple levels of spectacular, these numbers do look good, though. For comparison, Xiaomi, which kicked into life in 2011, sold 400,000 units on its first year in the market. Meizu's first smartphone effort rendered 600,000 sales in 2009. Heck, it took OnePlus just this past year to make over a million sales. But only three months ago did LeTV start marketing a line of three smartphones — the Le 1, the Le 1 Pro and the Snapdragon 810-powered LeMax — and it has just announced its one millionth sale. One of the ...

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    Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 is one of the most controversial pieces of silicon in recent memory. The OnePlus Two is the imminent sequel to one of the best-reviewed smartphones of the past few years. And very soon the two will come together to produce one of the most anticipated products in mobile. Then it's going to get trashed in the press, because it "overheats." And then I'm going to roll my eyes so hard they get stuck. To be fair to the very smart folks who've written very smart articles on the subject, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 definitely isn't the best system-on-a-chip the company ...

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    OnePlus got the ball rolling on the pre-launch specs it was announcing for its OnePlus 2 handsets a little under a month ago as it shared news of its choice of the Snapdragon 810 for the phone's SoC. As this is probably the most controversial SoC in recent memory, the company made a point to emphasize how overheating wouldn’t be an issue for the chip, due in part to “an improved version of the chipset (v2.1) in the OnePlus 2.” We've already heard about how early 810 issues were blamed on pre-production silicon, so you might have assumed that we were looking forward to another update ...

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    Founded in 1985, Qualcomm has made the processors that enable our mobile devices since it started making CDMA base stations in 1990. Since then the company has focused its attention on SoCs - systems on a chip - that are at the core of today's smartphones and tablets. Qualcomm is even taking aim at the processors that run in servers and datacenters and Snapdragon processors have even found their way into our smartwatches. Then the Snapdragon 810 was announced, and things started to go downhill - quickly. Snapdragon 810 To bring you up to speed on the Snapdragon 810 debacle, the chip ...

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    In just a couple more weeks, Q3 2015 will be upon us, and as we've noted before, that's going to mean a period full of some of the highest-profile smartphone launches all year. One of the many handsets we're expecting to see debut is the follow-up to last year's OnePlus One, and though the manufacturer has long confirmed that a OnePlus 2 is in the works, so far it hasn't shared many details about the phone. Today that all starts changing, as the manufacturer shares one of the most important components that will go into making up the OnePlus 2: a Snapdragon 810 SoC. The decision to go with ...

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    Sony's Xperia Z4 has only just started hitting stores in Japan, and while it may be a very cool-looking smartphone, it sure doesn't sound like a cool-running handset; early reports have pegged the Z4 as falling into the old Snapdragon 810-overheating trap, with operating temperatures pushing 150F and retailers posting warning signs about going easy on the phone lest it run too hot. Of course, the Z4 isn't the only new Sony smartphone these days, and we're also prepping for the arrival of the Xperia Z3+. As that model shares the Z4's internals, we shouldn't be too surprised to hear that the ...

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    Oh Snapdragon 810, will you ever catch a break? While on paper the SoC looks like an obvious choice for bringing flagship-level performance to a new smartphone, the chip's arrival on the market has been maligned by recurrent reports of excessive operating temperatures. It seems like every few months new voices arrive to warn of the 810's thermal woes, only for others to step up and insist this really isn't a problem, and that any previous overheating issues have been addressed in the chips landing in currently available phones. Well, today Japan gets its hands on the Xperia Z4 (while the ...

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    With the Nexus 6, Google made the controversial decision to step away from the affordable phone-sized models of the previous couple years and instead go with the six-inch flagship-priced phablet we got. Will this year's Nexus model be a return to old habits, or will we see another handset that's very much cast in the mold of the Nexus 6? A new rumor suggests that Google's staying the course with phablets, and we're looking at another jumbo-sized Nexus. We've previously talked about the idea of Google turning to a Chinese OEM to build the new Nexus, and this report reiterates the claim that ...

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    The Snapdragon 810 powers some of the highest-end phones on the market right now. And while it's the silicon behind devices like the HTC One M9, Qualcomm finds its SoC behind fewer top-tier devices than it might have just one year ago. Samsung, for instance, side-stepped Qualcomm altogether with the Exynos chips in the Galaxy S6, and the new LG G4 goes with the slightly (and we mean ever-so slightly) lower-end 808. Choices like those have helped fuel rumors of problems with the 810, and specifically claims of overheating. While in the months since that kind of talk ran rampant we've come ...

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    We all know that higher numbers are better than lower ones, right? But does that same logic apply when we're talking about two high-end mobile processors? The root of the questions falls squarely on LG, and its decision to put the Snapdragon 808 (instead of the 810) inside the flagship LG G4. The LG G Flex 2 uses Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 SoC, but LG selected the Snapdragon 808 for use in the G4. Some have hypothesized that this decision was made due to what some are characterizing as "overheating" and "aggressive throttling" in the 810. According to a source, the decision to utilize ...

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    By now you've heard the rumors that Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 SoC is "suffering from overheating issues". You're aware of the claims that the HTC One M9 gets "miserably hot". You've even seen what are purported to be thermal images of various devices, and the One M9 is glowing orange, ready to melt through the tabletop. But is any of it true? Tweakers.net published a very compelling image, one that (on first glance) would convince even the most vocal of naysayers. Unfortunately, it's not realistic.  The staff here at Pocketnow has used an HTC One M9 quite extensively, and on two ...

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    MWC 2015 and the launch of Snapdragon 810-powered phones like the HTC One M9 seemed to finally put a damper on those weeks and weeks of everything-that-could-be-is-wrong-with-the-Snapdragon-810 rumors. No matter what bumps along the road the SoC may or may not have had, it was ending up in more and more phones. And to hear a report from about a month back, there could be good reason for this 810 fiasco feeling like it was becoming played out, appearing to show no major thermal issues with the 810 in operation. Now that HTC One M9 handsets are making their way out into the hands of testers ...

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    For fans of HTC's smartphones, or even just those who appreciate some good pre-release info in general, today's proven to be an absolute treasure trove of insight into this still-unannounced handset. From still shots to video leaks, we're checking out the phone's hardware and software in ways usually reserved for launch day itself. This momentum isn't ready to break just yet, and now we turn our attention to the One M9's SoC, which Qualcomm sure seems to be teasing will be its Snapdragon 810. As you can see in the stills from Qualcomm's Vine teaser above (and in the video embedded below), ...

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    We've been hearing various Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 overheating reports. If these were only tied to Samsung -- remember, Samsung is reportedly ditching Qualcomm because of this purported issue -- we'd understand that the South Korean giant is bringing an excuse in order to push its own processors (as Samsung reportedly wants to enter the SoC game). However, according to a recent report, it looks like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 is actually running cooler than its 801 predecessor. The test setup includes a device available on the market running Snapdragon 801 on Full HD display, and a ...

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    When talking about the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, it used to be that we were asking ourselves whether or not to believe rumors that the chip was a piece of junk, prone to overheating and generally not performing up to par. But as phone manufacturers like LG step up to stand behind the 810, while others like Samsung appear to be turning their backs on the SoC, the more appropriate question may be “is the 810 actually a bad chip, or is it just getting bad PR?” Qualcomm seems determined to do something about the beating the 810's getting in the press, and today released a statement that ...

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    The he-said-she-said rumor war over reported problems with Qualcomm's next-gen Snapdragon 810 SoC is starting to feel like it's going to keep on going until 810-based phones are finally in the hands of consumers and we can start putting this SoC through its paces. And with LG set to release G Flex 2 sales upon South Korea as of tomorrow, that day should be here soon enough. But until it arrives, we've got at least one more twist on this story to bring your way, as LG expands upon earlier comments it made about the 810's performance. Just about one week ago an LG exec made some public ...

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    What chips will be at the heart of Samsung's Galaxy S6, expected to launch in just a matter of weeks? We're used to seeing a two-tiered approach, with Samsung splitting its production run between models running its own Exynos SoCs, and those powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon chips. But this year, amidst rumors of Snapdragon 810 fabrication and performance issues, there's been talk that Samsung could forgo Qualcomm's involvement entirely and commit to using its Exynos chips across all SKUs. We looked at just such a rumor yesterday, and while nothing's yet official, some new information from ...

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