Qualcomm, the pioneer in the smartphone chipset business has officially announced a new X24 LTE modem. The modem offers LTE download speeds of up to 2 Gbps. These speeds are almost double of what the X20 LTE modem (used in Qualcomm Snapdragon 845) offers. Rumours also suggest that the modem will be used in the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC (which is due until 2019).
The technology is called 4.9G by Nokia communications, which will be the last phase of the 4G era. As a matter of fact, this is faster than the Gigabit LTE (which offers up to 1.2 Gbps). This makes it the fastest wireless modem that is currently in mass production.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S is speculated to be launched at MWC 2018. Apart from its out of the ordinary design, the Mi Mix 2S is expected to be one of the first few smartphones to run on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset. If true, some tests have revealed that it could be much faster than the Apple iPhone X.
A recent benchmark test of a reference phone running Snapdragon 845 chipset has revealed that it is much faster than the Snapdragon 835. A reference phone is what Qualcomm relies on, to test new chips in as close to a real-world environment as possible. The test scores were compared with Google Pixel 2, Galaxy Note8, and the LG V30. [...]
Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 845 chipset in late-2017. The flagship chipset will power most of the flagship devices in 2018 but, the smartphone industry comprises a lot of budget smartphones. Hence, the onus is on Qualcomm to consistently produce great budget chipsets like the Snapdragon 625.
A couple of months ago, there were leaks surrounding the existence of Snapdragon 670 chipset. Now, a new leak has revealed all the specifications of the chipset. It is also expected to be announced at MWC 2018. The Snapdragon 670 will be a 10nm chipset that will not be based on the classic big.LITTLE architecture. Also, the chipset will comprise six low-end cores and two high-end [...]
In September of 2017, Apple launched the iPhone X without the beloved Touch ID. In came Apple’s spin on facial recognition, called Face ID. Even though the facial recognition technology has been present in Android smartphones for a number of years, it has gained mainstream attention ever since the launch of the iPhone X.
More smartphone makers have announced their plans to introduce facial recognition technology in upcoming smartphones. The OnePlus 5T, launched in November 2017 has one of the fastest Face Unlock right now albeit, not the most secure. MediaTek, one of the biggest smartphone chipmaker after Qualcomm has announced plans to introduce the coveted [...]
There is no denying that Qualcomm rules the roost when it comes to chipsets powering Android smartphones. Big smartphone makers opt for Snapdragon chipsets for their best devices and it seems like this will be the case for a long time. However, a lot of companies are preparing in-house chipsets and use these chipsets for a lot of important smartphones. Samsung uses its Exynos chipsets for devices sold in the US and South Korea, while Xiaomi only recently started developing its in-house chips.
In 2017, Xiaomi launched its first-ever chipset, the Surge S1. The Surge S1 powered the Xiaomi Mi 5c but, the device remained a [...]
Vivo, one of the most famous Chinese smartphone maker in its native country, has done something incredible. Teaming up with Synaptics, it has unveiled the first-ever smartphone with an in-display fingerprint sensor that might be the answer to reducing bezels, shaky facial recognition technology and the inconvenience of rear-facing fingerprint sensors.
The technology is known as Clear ID and lets users OEMs embed a fingerprint sensor under the display. Synaptics has claimed that it has a failure rate of 1 in 50,000 which, for a first gen product, is admirable. Early reviews of the [...]
Vivo teased the official unveiling of the first-ever smartphone with an in-display fingerprint sensor on the 10th of January at CES 2018. Now, a day before the smartphone’s launch, Vivo has showcased the technology that will be responsible for putting a fingerprint sensory inside the display.
The in-display fingerprint sensor will sit between the mainboard and the OLED panel where it will illuminate the finger and then process the beams of light. Alex Feng, Senior VP at Vivo, said in a press release that this technology is the solution to the industry’s challenge of providing a more [...]
Alphabet’s Google, along with a few other security researchers published a document which chronicled two major flaws found in nearly all modern CPUs. The reason this flaw is much more complex than the usual software or hardware bugs is that it’s more than just a bug that can be fixed with an update. The flaw lies in the middle, at the level of the processors’ “architectures,” in the way all the millions of transistors and logic units work together to carry out tasks.
In the architecture of modern CPUs, there are unpenetrable spaces where data passes through in raw, unencrypted form, such as inside the kernel, the most central software unit, or in system memory [...]
Apple recently agreed that it deliberately slows down iPhones in order to prolong the life of old batteries in iPhone 6 and later. Ever since the news broke out, there have been a lot of questions being asked about the honestly and transparency between a company and its consumers. Evidently, Android phone makers were also questioned about the same and a few of them have come out and denied slowing down their phones for any cause.
Speaking to PhoneArena, an LG representative stated they “never have never will” do such a thing, adding that the company cares what the customers think.
Samsung said in a statement:
Product quality has been and will always be Samsung [...]
When the Samsung Galaxy Note7 was recalled due to serious battery issues, many thought that the ‘Note’ lineup would be scrapped due to the amount of bad press it had attracted. However, in August of 2017, the South Korean tech giant launched the Galaxy Note8. The device had everything, from a great camera to the excellent S Pen integration. It seemed like the days of ‘BatteryGate’ have been left behind by the company.
However, over the past few days, Samsung’s help forum has various posts about user’s Galaxy Note8 not charging. The issue seems to occur after the phone battery is fully drained to 0% and shuts down. When users try to [...]
2018 will be a huge year for smartphones, irrespective of the price category they’ll be in. This year saw a lot of mid-range smartphones having flagship features like bezel-less designs and dual-camera setups. While we already know all about the flagship chipset from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 845, there isn’t clarity as to what the mid-range smartphones will be powered by.
A new, however, has revealed the possible specifications of three new upcoming chipsets from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 670, 640 and 460. Three chipsets which possibly power a lot of mid-range phones in 2018.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 will succeed the Snapdragon 660 as the most [...]
Every year, it is not just the flagship lineup of chipsets from Qualcomm gets a refresh. The mid-range segment of smartphones has even tougher competition between Qualcomm and MediaTek, and Qualcomm will soon launch the Snapdragon 670 chipset in 2018.
The Snapdragon 670 chipset will be based on Samsung’s 10-nanometer (nm) LPP process technology which was also used in Qualcomm’s 2017 flagship chip, the Snapdragon 835. Samsung used the same process for its 2017 flagship chipset, the Exynos 8895.
A famous leakster tweeted a few details about the upcoming Snapdragon 670 chipset:
Qualcomm testing new Snapdragon 670 (SDM670) – their test [...]