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.
Qualcomm may have accidentally revealed the ZenFone AR device, Asus’ latest smartphone offering and the second handset to come with support for Tango, Google’s augmented reality technology. Through a blog post, the chip maker giant inadvertently spilled the beans on an upcoming press conference to be held by Asus on January 4th of this year during the annual Consumer Electronics Show happening in the city of Las Vegas in Nevada this week.
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.
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.
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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