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All posts tagged "Qualcomm"

  • Here’s why Broadcom takeover shouldn’t go ahead – Qualcomm

    Qualcomm was in the headlines late last year after fellow chip colossus Broadcom announced its desire to purchase the chipmaker. The overture was rebuffed, which has since resulted in Broadcom setting the wheels in motion for a hostile takeover bid. Now, Qualcomm has issued an open letter to shareholders, outlining several reasons why they should reject Broadcom's takeover attempt and re-elect the current board. "Broadcom is asking Qualcomm stockholders to voluntarily transfer to a hostile acquirer the considerable near- and long-term value creation Qualcomm has in front of it," an excerpt of the letter reads. "It is attempting to acquire Qualcomm at...

  • Comparison: Snapdragon laptops versus Chromebooks

    December 2017 saw Qualcomm finally reveal proper Snapdragon-powered laptops at its Tech Summit, capable of running full-fledged Windows 10. Featuring proper Windows apps and long battery life (according to Qualcomm and manufacturers), the Snapdragon laptops might just deliver the goods. But how could these laptops compare to Chromebooks? After all, we see Android app support and long battery life in many a ChromeOS device. And it doesn't hurt that there are a ton of ChromeOS laptops out there for every price point. We compare the two platforms. ChromeOS versus Windows 10 An LG V30+ on top of the Snapdragon-powered...

  • Leak: here’s why Snapdragon 460 might be 2018’s superstar budget chip

    The Snapdragon 670 isn't the only chip apparently leaked in recent days, as the Snapdragon 640 and Snapdragon 460 were also outlined in the same report. Back in May 2017, we expressed excitement for ARM's new cores and DynamIQ tech, noting that 2018 could see a massive leap for budget phones. The claimed specs for the Snapdragon 640 and 460 certainly caught our attention as a result. Let's start with the lower tier Snapdragon 460, which might do for bargain phones what the Snapdragon 625 did for "upper mid range" devices. Snapdragon 460: cheap phones to get big boost? The 460 is looking like...

  • Snapdragon 670: a more powerful processor than Snapdragon 835?

    The Snapdragon 835 was easily the most popular processor for flagship Android phones, beating the likes of Samsung, Huawei's HiSilicon and Mediatek. Now, a Weibo post (spotted by GSMArena) has revealed details of three supposedly upcoming chips, including a processor that looks set to equal or even eclipse the Snapdragon 835 in the power stakes. Snapdragon 670 to beat 2017's flagship? The Snapdragon 670 is the most powerful chip in the report, touting an octacore layout of four high-powered cores and four low-powered cores. This is a similar layout to the Snapdragon 835 at first glance. However, it appears that Qualcomm has swapped...

  • How do Intel’s new budget chips compare to Qualcomm laptops?

    Last week saw Qualcomm and partners finally peel the curtain back on Snapdragon-powered Windows 10 laptops at the Snapdragon Summit. We saw the Asus NovaGo and the HP Envy X2 devices, packing Snapdragon 835 processors, hybrid designs and touting lengthy battery life. This week has seen Intel strike back in a sense, revealing the Pentium Silver and new Celeron chips. But you have to wonder whether these are viable challengers to Qualcomm's laptops just yet. They'll probably be more powerful... To be fair, the Snapdragon laptops are still a largely unknown quantity at this point in the performance department. We spent a bit of...

  • Qualcomm interview: from Snapdragon on Windows 10 to AI silicon

    Between the Snapdragon 845 details and Snapdragon-powered Windows machines, we had loads of Qualcomm news last week. We also interviewed Keith Kressin, Qualcomm's senior vice president of product management. From the Snapdragon 836 claims to AI silicon and Snapdragon PCs, here's what we learnt. On claims that Snapdragon 836 was in the pipeline Earlier this year, we saw a report which claimed the Snapdragon 836 was incoming with the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. That obviously didn't happen. The chip was ostensibly set to be a minor upgrade over the Snapdragon 835 (akin to Snapdragon 820/821). But we obviously got more Snapdragon 835...

  • We never had exclusivity with Samsung – Qualcomm

    The first half of 2017 saw precious few phones released with the Snapdragon 835 processor. At the time, numerous outlets reported that Samsung had exclusively acquired the initial product run of the 2017 mobile chip. For the uninitiated, the US version of the smartphone uses a Snapdragon chipset. Now, Keith Kressin, senior vice president of product management at Qualcomm, has told Gearburn that no exclusivity contract was in place. Gearburn enquired about possible exclusivity of the Snapdragon 845 chip. "Even in the 835, we didn't have exclusivity. We didn't have an exclusivity deal..." Kressin answered. So LG and HTC could've used the Snapdragon 835 in...

  • Snapdragon 845: 6 tidbits you should know

    After merely announcing its existence on Tuesday, we finally saw details emerge regarding the Snapdragon 845 chipset. The processor, expected to power 2018 flagship phones from the likes of LG, Sony, Samsung, HTC, Xiaomi and other players, uses semi-custom cores based on ARM's latest tech as well as a powerful Adreno 630 GPU. Then there's the support for 4K HDR (using UHD Premium) recording, playback/capture with a wider colour depth/gamut and an improved digital signal processor for AI tasks. But what else should you know about the chipset? Here are a few lesser known features worth learning about. It supports room tracking for...

  • Snapdragon 845 lacks Huawei-style AI silicon, here’s why

    The Snapdragon 845 processor packs some solid specs on paper, set to power next year's crop of flagship smartphones. But what's the deal with its AI capabilities? Qualcomm says it's actually got third-generation AI hardware in the form of its Hexagon 685 digital signal processor (DSP). The first iteration of this silicon was delivered on last year's Snapdragon 820, being used to offload tasks such as sensor-related activities. But Qualcomm claims the DSP has been refined to deliver better AI performance. In fact, the company's Gary Brotman says the Snapdragon 845 delivers a three-fold improvement in AI tasks over the Snapdragon...

  • Snapdragon 835 PCs: what about games?

    Qualcomm and Microsoft have been really keen to point out the battery life in their upcoming Windows 10 PCs, touting up to 20 hours of juice for these Snapdragon 835-powered laptops. But what about games? It stands to reason that these devices aren't as powerful as Intel's Core range, given the fact that they use power-efficient mobile processors. But what can you get away with playing? Should older PC titles run fine? Microsoft Windows general manager Erin Chapple and Qualcomm's Miguel Nunes told Snapdragon Summit attendees that while you shouldn't expect a hardcore gaming experience, they did test a host of...