Qualcomm outs high-end Snapdragon 801 processor, 64-bit midrange Snapdragon 610 and Snapdragon 615
Feb24

Qualcomm outs high-end Snapdragon 801 processor, 64-bit midrange Snapdragon 610 and Snapdragon 615

This year, MWC may be filled with new device announcements, but the chipset making companies aren’t standing idly by either. Take Qualcomm, for example, the world’s biggest mobile chip maker. It has announced two new processors, while also rebranding a version of its flagship offering, the Snapdragon 800. When Sony announced the Xperia Z2 and the Xperia Z2 Tablet earlier this morning, it claimed they both were powered by...

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First device with Snapdragon 805 CPU arrives in May, it could be the Galaxy S5
Jan09

First device with Snapdragon 805 CPU arrives in May, it could be the Galaxy S5

Right now the chipset king in the mobile world is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800. It’s been (and still being) deployed in the majority of top of the line devices from all of the phone makers that aren’t Apple. But this situation won’t last for long. Qualcomm has already announced the Snapdragon 805, the sequel to the 800, in November. But back when it was made public, the company only said that it will be out in...

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Qualcomm, Nvidia, and Broadcom will make 64-bit quad-core processors next year
Nov29

Qualcomm, Nvidia, and Broadcom will make 64-bit quad-core processors next year

Apple’s iPhone 5S sports the first 64-bit processor we’ve seen in the mobile world, and other chip makers have definitely noticed the buzz surrounding it. And that means that in a few months we should expect to see 64-bit CPUs for Android devices too. You really shouldn’t be surprised that this is happening. It’s not the first time. Something similar happened shortly after Apple unveiled the first Retina...

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Qualcomm announces new Snapdragon 805 CPU. The road to Ultra HD smartphone displays is now open
Nov20

Qualcomm announces new Snapdragon 805 CPU. The road to Ultra HD smartphone displays is now open

Qualcomm has officially unveiled its newest high-end mobile processor, the Snapdragon 805. Touted as the world’s first mobile processor to come with system-level Ultra HD support, the Snapdragon 805 isn’t an eight-core solution, like MediaTek’s latest MT6589T. But it has four Krait 450 cores running at speeds up to 2.5GHz, and will enable hardware manufacturers to develop smartphones and tablets with 4K (3840 x 2160 pixels) displays....

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Qualcomm unveils the Snapdragon 200 and Snapdragon 400 processors for low-end, midrange devices
Feb21

Qualcomm unveils the Snapdragon 200 and Snapdragon 400 processors for low-end, midrange devices

In January, Qualcomm took the wraps off of its newest high-end mobile chipsets, the Snapdragon 800 and Snapdragon 600. But those two obviously didn’t cover all the possible price ranges in the market. That’s what the newly announced Snapdragon 400 and Snapdragon 200 are for. These two will end up in a midrange mobile device near you in due course, although because of their specs you probably won’t see them in low-end...

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Microsoft and Qualcomm working on Windows Phone 8 reference design for cheap handsets
Jan25

Microsoft and Qualcomm working on Windows Phone 8 reference design for cheap handsets

We already have affordable Windows Phone 8 devices – the Nokia Lumia 620 and the Huawei Ascend W1 – but it looks like Microsoft wants to push things further, and introduce even cheaper handsets. According to Taiwanese website DigiTimes, Microsoft, Qualcomm and other chipset suppliers are collaborating to develop a Windows Phone 8 reference design that’s going to be used for entry-level and midrange devices (targeted at emerging...

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To expand in China, Qualcomm promises white-box smartphone makers help going global
Jan24

To expand in China, Qualcomm promises white-box smartphone makers help going global

Qualcomm is seriously looking to expand in China. The world’s leading mobile chipset maker is facing heavy competition on that particular market from MediaTek, the Taiwanese chip maker that has always focused on low-cost solutions. MediaTek’s first quad-core processor is set to debut in shipping smartphones in China over the next few weeks, and Qualcomm is eager to show Chinese ‘white-box’ vendors that its...

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[UPDATED] Qualcomm CEO about Samsung’s ‘eight-core’ Exynos 5 Octa: “It’s just a misleading publicity stunt”
Jan16

[UPDATED] Qualcomm CEO about Samsung’s ‘eight-core’ Exynos 5 Octa: “It’s just a misleading publicity stunt”

Updated below. Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs thinks that Samsung’s touting of its ‘eight-core’ Exynos 5 Octa processor represents a misleading publicity stunt meant to hide a pretty glaring defect in the product. Jacobs is in China, where he spoke to local media yesterday about many things related to his company. The bit about competitors, and especially Samsung, stood out to us. Companies like Samsung use the high number...

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 and 600 quad-core processors unveiled. 2.3 GHz, 2x better GPU, built-in LTE
Jan08

Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 and 600 quad-core processors unveiled. 2.3 GHz, 2x better GPU, built-in LTE

Nvidia wasn’t the only company announcing new mobile chipsets at this year’s CES. The elephant in the room, Qualcomm, decided to revamp its Snapdragon Systems-on-a-Chip (SoCs) and scrap the previous naming scheme altogether. The takeaway? Our mobile devices are going to get a lot more powerful this year. Then again, what else is new? Last year, Nvidia had a head start with its quad-core Tegra 3 SoC. It took Qualcomm many...

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Qualcomm intros new Snapdragon S4 Play quad-core CPUs, and S4 Plus MSM8930 with TD-SCDMA support
Sep27

Qualcomm intros new Snapdragon S4 Play quad-core CPUs, and S4 Plus MSM8930 with TD-SCDMA support

Qualcomm has announced two new quad-core mobile processors: the Snapdragon S4 Play MSM8225Q, and Snapdragon S4 Play MSM8625Q. These are upgraded versions of the dual-core MSM8225 (used in the HTC Desire X, for example) and MSM8625 processors. The MSM8225Q and MSM8625Q are expected to ship in commercial devices starting Q1 2013. Qualcomm says they’re targeted at entry-level smartphones, despite supporting high-end features like HD...

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