Fresh from allowing journalists to benchmark test its Snapdragon 845 mobile processor, Qualcomm is now introducing its X24 LTE modem, which holds the distinction of being the world’s first ever announced Category 20 LTE modem that comes with support for download speeds of up to 2 gigabits per second (gbps). Not only that, this LTE modem is also the first announced processor manufactured using a ground breaking 7 nanometer FinFET method.
When Qualcomm first unveiled its upcoming chip, the Snapdragon 845, back in December of last year, it highlighted the new processor’s prowess in categories such as processing performance, support for artificial intelligence features, graphics processing, connectivity, and mobile security. Well, just recently, the world’s foremost chip maker invited journalists to put the Snapdragon 845 through some benchmark tests.
According to Qualcomm, a total of 19 mobile manufacturers around the world have already pledged to back its new X50 5G modem, including popular global brands such as LG, HTC, Xiaomi, Oppo (which also owns the OnePlus brand), Vivo, and HMD Global (the phone maker behind the new generation Android powered
Samsung has just released its earnings report for the final quarter of 2017, and the South Korean tech giant has managed to register a quarterly operating profit of $14 billion for Q4 2017 while posting a yearly operating profit of $50 billion for the whole 2017. Now compare those numbers to Q4 2016, in which the company only recorded an operating profit of $8 billion, although it can be argued that the unfortunate discontinuation of the Galaxy Note 7 phablet that year severely impacted Samsung’s profit figures.
Qualcomm has recently revealed that it is joining forces with a number of Chinese mobile giants in order to start producing 5G ready mobile devices set for release by next year. Some of the phone makers the mobile chip manufacturer is partnering with include Xiaomi, Oppo (which owns OnePlus), Vivo, Lenovo (which now owns Motorola’s Moto brand of smartphones), and ZTE.
The world’s biggest seller of mobile devices recently became the newest phone maker to decide to welcome FM service to its upcoming smartphone releases, with the help of NextRadio. Indeed, Samsung has declared that it will be unlocking the FM chips present in all of its new handsets in the United States and Canadian mobile markets.
As you might have already heard, the biggest chip maker in the world has recently announced its newest flagship processor, the Snapdragon 845, which will likely feature in a majority of high end smartphone devices next year. It goes without saying that Qualcomm’s latest chip offering is expected to introduce a few improvements over this year’s Snapdragon 835, particularly in the areas of battery power efficiency and processing speed and performance. The company, however, is quick to point out that the Snapdragon 845 will be delivering more in certain other key aspects.
The world’s number one vendor of smartphone devices has just revealed that it has commenced building the first ever 512 gigabyte embedded Universal Flash Storage (eUFS) memory chip designed for smartphones. The 512 gigabyte (eUFS) chip is made possible through Samsung’s latest 64 layer 512 gigabit V-NAND chips, allowing for never before seen expanded storage capacity without sacrificing any aspect of the overall processing performance.
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.
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