We’re still out of breath from marveling at the awesomeness that is LG LS970 — aka the Eclipse — and its mind-blowing specs. It looks like the excitement won’t end there. Brief Mobile has received yet more details of the phone that’s enough to seal its place in our heart as “the next phone to be fawned over for the next couple of months” – now that both Samsung and HTC have released their flagship offerings.
While earlier pictures showed the back of the LG LS970 and had folks making assumptions that it’d come with an embedded battery, a new image reveals that it might not be the case after all. The [...]
Dual core or quad core? Which should you pick? If the decision was that simple, I’m sure most people would just go with the quad core chip. But what if the dual core chip this time is more powerful than the quad core one? From what we’ve seen in the benchmarks so far, it seems that the S4 beats the quad core Tegra 3 in most situations, except in some browsing tests and graphics tests.
So how can this be? A single core of the Krait chip is simply based on a more advanced and newer chip architecture, that allows it to be more powerful than the Cortex A9 core inside Tegra 3. Tegra 3 is almost at the end of its lifecycle (at least as high-end devices go), [...]
This quad core 1.5 Ghz Exynos chip isn’t exactly a surprise, because Samsung talked about it (Exynos 4412) before. Not to mention that there were plenty of Galaxy S3 rumors that said it has a quad core 1.5 Ghz processor. But they haven’t shown it yet, and they will get the opportunity to do so at MWC very soon.
The Exynos 4412 is made at 32nm, so it should be more efficient than the Tegra 3 at maximum load, which was made at 40 nm, but not sure if overall, too, because Tegra 3 has that 5th core for lower-end tasks. They say it offers a 26% performance improvement in processor performance, which if you do the math you realize it almost entirely comes from [...]
While it’s not completely surprising if you understand where Krait is coming from as an architectural overhaul for Qualcomm’s CPU’s that finally has out of order execution, but also many performance improvements and bigger memory bandwidth, the Krait architecture and the dual core 1.5 Ghz S4 chip that is based on it manage to show some impressive numbers in benchmarks, making it the most advanced ARM chip that will arrive to market in the coming months.S4 vs Tegra 3
The dual core 1.5 Ghz should beat Tegra 3 in most benchmarks, but also in real world use for most apps, especially those that are not heavily optimized for multi-cores. Tegra 3 has a [...]
Qualcomm managed to bring 40% larger revenue compared to the same time last year, and also 14% bigger compared to last quarter. Profits also hit 1.4 billion, which is a 20% increase over last year’s profits, and a 33% over the last quarter. It seems that compared to last quarter alone, they managed to sell 23% more chips, accounting for 156 million units in total.
Qualcomm is clearly doing well in the mobile market right now, and I think we can all pinpoint to the exact moment in time when brand awareness played a huge rule in skyrocketing Qualcomm’s numbers over the past 2 years. It’s when Qualcomm was the first to make a 1 Ghz ARM [...]
The Qualcomm S4, based on the Krait architecture (the one before was called Scorpion), will boldly push performance forward compared to its Cortex A9 or S3 cousins, and if Qualcomm is to be believed, the S4 should deliver all that performance boost at an even lower power draw, with the chip being manufacturered at 28 nm.
Its Adreno 225 GPU is not as brand new as the Krait-based CPU, being made still on the old Adreno 200 architecture, the one they bought from AMD, but it appears they’ve been trying to optimize it as much as possible, at the very least it does pretty well in benchmarks. Although, it remains to be seen if it can show that performance [...]
Qualcomm has noticed how Nvidia and Samsung are stealing their thunder away because of their weak GPU’s and because developers prefer to make games that are the a little more optimized for those platforms, as well. So to respond to that, they made GameCommand, which is a competitor to the Tegra Zone, where they show all games that are optimized for Snapdragon devices.
But they are not stopping there. They’ve already built an in-house studio to make some Android games themselves, and they will release one title every year. Think of it as the “Nexus” of games for Qualcomm devices. They will use it to show other developers how games should look [...]
Later this year, there will be a new industry standard called WiFi Display, that will start appearing in both mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, but also smart TV’s. Both TI and Qualcomm are pushing for this standard in 2012 and we should expect at least a few devices to have it by the end of the year.
Samsung and Nvidia haven’t announced anything related to this, but Samsung is one of the biggest TV manufacturers, and they are good at pushing new standards, so I’m sure they will have this, too, most likely starting with the Galaxy S3. Nvidia might not have the support for the WiFi Display in Tegra 3, but they surely have it in Tegra 3+ [...]