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All posts tagged "snapdragon 845"

  • 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 845: all the major details here

    Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 845 processor yesterday, set to power many smartphones next year. But now, we actually have more details on the processor, being built on a second-generation 10nm process. For starters, the chip uses eight semi-custom cores, dubbed Kryo 385 CPU cores. The heavy lifting cores top out at 2.8Ghz while the lightweight cores top out at 1.8Ghz. The cores are customised versions of the A75 and A55 cores, Qualcomm confirmed in a later Q&A. Qualcomm is claiming a 25-30% performance improvement for the heavy cores, while the lightweight cores see a 15% improvement. We also see proprietary tech for Bluetooth...

  • Snapdragon 845 official, Xiaomi to use for next flagship

    Qualcomm has officially revealed the Snapdragon 845 processor, set to power scores of high end smartphones in 2018. Details of the silicon weren't revealed just yet, as the company has opted to hold a separate event for the chipset tomorrow (6 December). However, Samsung Foundry's ES Jung appeared on stage, confirming that the company was working with Qualcomm on the next chipset. Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun also made an appearance, confirming that the next Xiaomi flagship would use the Snapdragon 845. It's unclear whether Xiaomi's phone will be the first with the Snapdragon 845. This year saw Samsung's Galaxy S8 being first to...

  • Follow Qualcomm’s 5 December event here

    Update, 11:30pm SAST, 5 December 2017: Qualcomm revealed a host of stuff today, including 5G rollout details, confirmation of the Snapdragon 845 (and Xiaomi's intentions to use it for their next flagship) and two Snapdragon-powered PCs. Original article: Qualcomm is holding an event in Maui today in order to showcase its latest wares. But what could it be? Could we see the Snapdragon 845 today? All signs certainly point to that, along with a better look at Windows 10 laptops/convertibles powered by Snapdragon processors. "Snapdragon is the premium tier mobile platform of choice. We look forward to sharing for the first-time exciting...

  • 8nm or 10nm: what will next Qualcomm chip have? [Update]

    Samsung and Qualcomm have a close relationship when it comes to mobile chips, as Samsung manufactures Qualcomm's high-end processors and uses them in variants of its Galaxy flagships. This year saw Samsung get first dibs on the Snapdragon 835 processor, being manufactured on a tiny 10nm process for power savings and performance gains (smaller designs generally equal better performance and efficiency). Early rumours claimed that Samsung's next chip will be made on a 10nm process again -- a fact confirmed by the next-gen Exynos 9810's quiet unveiling. So where does that leave Qualcomm's own silicon? Samsung has announced this week that it has started...

  • Qualcomm expected to move to 8nm chips ‘pretty soon’ [Exclusive]

    The past year has seen Qualcomm, Samsung, Apple and Mediatek all move to a tiny 10nm manufacturing process for their high-end mobile chipsets. A smaller manufacturing process generally results in a tinier chip and energy savings, resulting in better performance and battery life. Now, in an interview with Gearburn on the sidelines of Africacom 2017, a Qualcomm representative has confirmed that the company is expected to move "one level" down from 10nm. "So, at the moment we are on a 10nm (manufacturing process) and we are moving, pretty soon, 10nm, one level down," said Simone Severini, the firm's technology lead for Sub-Saharan Africa. "How...