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.
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.
Qualcomm obviously wants everybody take notice of its Snapdragon 820 processor. Less than a week ago, it highlighted the fact that its new chip has a feature called Smart Protect, a functionality that allows owners of any smartphone that uses the Snapdragon 820 chip to track apps that are behaving suspiciously.
Samsung is already considered by many to be the biggest maker of mobile devices and television sets in the world. Well, the South Korean company wants to be king of processors, too.
Samsung is reportedly planning to shell out an amount of $15 billion in order to open a new semiconductor factory in South Korea by the year 2017. Most people may not be familiar with the costing dynamics of the chip manufacturing industry, but suffice it to say that $15 billion is more than a lot, considering that most other chip makers only spend less than $10 billion for each new processor plant.
ARM designed the chip technology that is used in almost every smartphone existing today (ARM develops chip designs for chip makers like Qualcomm and MediaTek). Just recently, the British chip design company introduced two new processors, the Cortex-A72 processor and the Mali-T880 graphics chip, that should make tomorrow's smartphones faster, more powerful, and more energy-efficient.
It appears that Intel really is pushing to get more involved in the mobile industry. Early next year, Lenovo is planning to unveil two new smartphones powered by Intel. The chip maker will be providing both the 64-bit Atom processor and the LTE-advanced modem chips for the Lenovo devices. One of the upcoming smartphones will be positioned for the Chinese market by early February, while the other one will be deployed to emerging mobile markets by early January.
Some of the coolest features you see on flagship or high-end Android devices are made possible with the help of Qualcomm's line of Snapdragon mobile processors. Sure, it starts with the phone makers, but what it all comes down to is that your Android handset would not be able to do those fancy stuff without a Snapdragon chip.
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