Qualcomm’s newest processor offerings -- the Snapdragon 660 and the Snapdragon 630 -- will make midrange smartphone devices capture significantly better images and enjoy longer battery lives, plus allow for enhanced connection quality and speeds over LTE or Wi-Fi. The new Snapdragon 660 and Snapdragon 630 chips are upgrades to the Snapdragon 653 and the Snapdragon 625, respectively.
In the world of tech, old school does not necessarily mean new cool, but this year sometimes feels like an exception. Perhaps a recent example is the introduction (or more accurately, re-introduction) of Nokia's 3310 -- while it is true that it has been updated, the device has stayed true to its dumb phone roots. And there is nothing wrong with that choice -- sure, feature phones may not be as powerful as most of today’s smartphones, but they are not as delicate, and their batteries can last for a week.
Samsung recently tweeted that the Exynos 9, its new processor offering, will have support for dual camera smartphones. This is made possible through the South Korean mobile giant’s Dual ISP (Image Signal Processor) technology. Dual camera configurations are nothing new, of course. Even back in 2011, HTC released a smartphone called Evo 3D, which feature twin cameras on the device’s rear side.
The second biggest seller of smartphone devices in the world is filing a $1 billion lawsuit against Qualcomm over patent royalties. And it is not just Apple going after the chip maker giant -- a few days ago, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has also sued Qualcomm, accusing the company of anticompetitive practices.
In the lawsuit it filed, the iPhone maker claims that Qualcomm is unfairly demanding overwhelming royalties for technologies, some of which the processor manufacturer did not even develop in the first place, like Apple’s Touch ID. According to Apple, Qualcomm has overcharged it billions of dollars through an illegal scheme, and Apple is now seeking damages of nearly $1 billion.
Say hello to Snapdragon 835, Qualcomm’s newest chip, and probably its mightiest yet. The company showcased its latest processor offering this week during the Consumer Electronics Show being held in the city of Las Vegas in Nevada, and it is already starting to generate some buzz. The chip is said to allow phone makers to produce even smaller and more lightweight handsets, and at the same time, power virtual reality headsets and even augmented reality gadgets.
It appears that Samsung is looking to pour another billion dollars or so into strengthening the production of processors, especially in its semiconductor facility located in the city of Austin in Texas. The reason behind the move is to boost the tech giant’s ability to build integrated systems on a chip, such as the SoCs (under the company’s Exynos brand of processors) currently being utilized by a number of smartphones and tablet devices.
This piece of news may not sit well with Qualcomm (or for that matter, Qualcomm fans). As reported by Bloomberg, selected editions of Apple’s next flagship devices will be fitted with an Intel wireless chip, as opposed to one built by Qualcomm. According to Bloomberg’s sources, iPhone devices for the Chinese mobile market will likely retain their Qualcomm processors, as well as those models for Verizon Wireless.
It is a good bet that when you take any smartwatch that runs on the Android Wear operating system, it will feature one of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400 series of processors. Not many people may know this, but apart from being the foremost supplier of chip sets for mobile devices, Qualcomm also has done a pretty good job in producing processors for smartwatches. The company’s dominance in that regard is about to continue with its latest announcement.
And the rumors continue for Apple’s upcoming 4 inch iPhone, aka the iPhone 5se. This time around, there is talk that the highly awaited smaller iPhone device will be sporting the company’s own A9 chip set (plus its companion processor, the M9) instead of the A8 processor. And even though this device will come with an option for 16 gigabytes of onboard memory, interested buyers also get to choose to purchase an edition that offers 64 gigabytes of internal storage.
Samsung has revealed that it has started mass producing Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 chip utilizing a second generation of its 14 nanometer Low Power Plus (LPP) chip manufacturing process. The South Korean tech giant has been looking to further expand its processor manufacturing division, and landing the Snapdragon 820 gig marks a big step towards achieving that goal. Also, in light of its recent struggles in its smartphone business, it should help alleviate things a bit for Samsung. Moreover, with the exclusive deal estimated to be worth over a billion dollars, it is a huge job order for the company.
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