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
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.
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.
A number of users have found that several models of OnePlus smartphones, including this year’s OnePlus 5, feature a Qualcomm testing app called EngineerMode. This tool happens to allow anybody to gain root level access to a OnePlus device without needing to unlock that handset’s bootloader. While it is true that somebody with less than immaculate intentions would still need to have physical access to a OnePlus phone to really do some serious hacking, but the existence of EngineerMode now gives them a backdoor in which they can put some trackers and other means to get around the phone’s security.
For some time now, speculation has been rife with regards to Apple experimenting with a form of under-display fingerprint reading technology, and understandably, some industry watchers were fully expecting the tech giant to debut this tech in an upcoming iPhone offering. But surprisingly, Vivo, a phone maker from China, has beaten Apple to the punch.
Sprint, as well as its parent company SoftBank and tech partner Qualcomm, have revealed that they are pooling their resources and expertise in order to develop 5G related technologies, including the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) New Radio (NR) standard in Band 41 (2.5 GigaHertz) for accelerated wide scale roll outs of 5G networks. The three brands have also announced their plans to start launching commercial 5G services and even mobile devices by the second half of 2019.
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.
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