HTC has already released its flagship Android 4.0 device with the HTC One X, and we are eagerly awaiting the imminent announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S3 on May 3. Meanwhile, another Android powerhouse, Motorola, has been relatively silent about its next flagship device, supposedly dubbed Droid Fighter and also known as the Droid Razr HD.
Some new information has come to light about a Motorola device code-named “Qinara” which may (or may not) be Motorola’s entry into an already competitive high-end Android smartphone market.
There are several key pieces of information that can be extracted from the leaked benchmark test above, [...]
Although Qualcomm’s dual-core Snapdragon S4 (based on the ARM Cotrex A15 architecture) holds out well against other competitors in the smartphone / tablet SoC market, such as the Nvidia Tegra 3, it looks like Qualcomm is about to release a quad-core version as well, one that will target the ultra-portable laptop market, as well as the next generation of superphones.
In preparation for the release of Microsoft’s Windows 8 OS, the first Windows edition that will also come in an ARM-compatible variant, Qualcomm’s senior vice president Rob Chanhok has announced that their improved (quad-core) Snapdragon S4 chip will end up powering laptops that are thinner and [...]
Prizes, who doesn’t like them? If you’re up for the task, you stand a chance to win a new smartphone or tablet powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chip. How? As a way to promote the energy efficiency of its Snapdragon processors, Qualcomm dares you to take the “Around the World on One Charge” challenge, which offers a Snapdragon device as the grand prize.
The premise behind the challenge is simple. You just have to think of creative ways to highlight the battery performance of your smartphone, and submit the video or picture to the company’s Facebook page.
As you can see from the video below, Qualcomm provided a nice example to get your creative juices [...]
The HTC One X is undergoing some kind of identity crisis in the US. While the global variant comes with a Nvidia Tegra 3 SoC, the AT&T version of the phone — renamed as the HTC One XL – will have to make do with a Snapdragon S4 processor. This ultimately means you can no longer gloat that your phone touts a quad-core processor. But is this necessarily a bad thing?
Not really. Various benchmark results have shown that the Snapdragon S4 could actually hold its own against Nvidia Tegra 3. In fact, our own Lucian Armasu has written in lengthy detail how the S4, despite its couple of cores deficiency, can handily beat the quad-core Tegra 3 at most functions, [...]
When it comes to today’s smartphones, there’s a lot of interest around what devices are getting what SoC (System on a Chip). Many expected 2012 to be the year of the quad-core smartphone, but it’s much more likely that dual-core processors will still continue to show up in flagship superphones and attract a lot of customers from the substantial mid-end market.
The five major tech companies that dominate smartphone processor sales currently are Qualcomm, NVIDIA, Texas Instruments, Samsung, and –don’t you know it- Apple. Since the latter two make processors almost exclusively for their own smartphones, and with Texas Instruments not releasing a new processor until Q4 2012, [...]
San Diego-based Qualcomm supplies SoCs for many Android makers, with its dual-core Snapdragon S4 (Krait) chip powering several high-profile Android devices that are coming over the next months. But Qualcomm is a fabless firm, meaning that it doesn’t actually manufacture the chips it designs and markets. Fabrication is handled by Asian semiconductor specialists, most notably Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC).
Now, Qualcomm seems to be running into serious issues with its S4 chip. According to a rumor reported by Semi Accurate, TSMC has encountered major problems with its 28nm chip line, causing it to halt production. The issues appeared to have occurred [...]
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 [...]