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.
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.
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.
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.
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