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.
According to an exclusive report recently published by PCMag, results of a study conducted by Cellular Insights show that iPhone X units equipped with Qualcomm made hardware achieved faster LTE connection speeds compared to models powered by Intel’s hardware. The lab testing was done by basically comparing the connection performance of both Qualcomm and Intel hardware on LTE Band 4, which is utilized by most mobile operators in America. It should also be noted that both the Qualcomm and Intel iPhone X units are sold in the United States.
Industry leader Verizon Wireless may have been first to make some noise about 5G testing, but its closest rival, AT&T, is not exactly a slouch either in that regard. The second biggest wireless carrier in the United States has officially began testing its 5G wireless tech offering, which promises to deliver gigabit bandwidth to smartphones and tablets and other handsets in the near future.
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.
The smartwatch market will soon get a little more crowded. That is because TAG Heuer, the centuries old Swiss watch maker, is thinking of launching its own smartwatch. And the world-renown brand is going to do it by teaming up with two giants in the world of technology -- Google and Intel.
TAG Heuer made the announcement very recently at Baselworld, a conference for watch makers and jewelers held yearly in Switzerland. The company explicitly stated its intentions of collaborating with Google and Intel in creating a mechanical watch that has some of the features expected of a smartwatch.
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.
By partnering with Lenovo, Intel has gotten itself a pretty good business deal. China after all is considered by many as the largest smartphone market in the whole world. And as this country quickly transitions into high-speed 4G technology, Intel is definitely in a good position to capitalize.
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