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.
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.
A user of the Weibo mobile chat app has posted an alleged screenshot of the settings menu of HTC’s upcoming smartphone, the HTC 11, and it appears that the Taiwan based phone maker’s latest handset offering will be taking full advantage of the capabilities of Qualcomm’s newest and mightiest chip, the Snapdragon 835.
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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