Qualcomm has stepped up to deliver a processor that can both deliver on performance, and hit a reasonable price point.
Nexus 5 appears to have lots to offer. Aside from being the first handset to run Android 4.4 Kit Kat, there is also a 5-inch Full HD display, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with optical image stabilization, LTE network support and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. The handset also has a 2300 mAh battery, which looks like it will be getting a boost courtesy of Qualcomm.
Qualcomm's Snapdragon BatteryGuru app, now at version 2.0, seeks to help users do just that by not making them think about it at all.
Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 800, the ARM chip manufacturer is now reportedly already working on its next generation Snapdragon chip.
Qualcomm has created something called the "Ultimate Photobooth" which is able to capture 540 degree GIFs. This setup makes use of 130 HTC One smartphones and is designed to show off the power of the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. In the case of the HTC One, that would be a quad-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 processor.
Lenovo launched the K900 smartphone with Intel Inside and many had assumed the follow-up device would have a similar Intel processor on the inside. That follow-up is the Lenovo Vibe Z, which was also known as the K910. Regardless though, Lenovo quietly unveiled the handset in China recently and it seems they just as quietly detailed the handset with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor.
Apple created some buzz when they announced the 64-bit A7 processor in the iPhone 5s and as we later learned, similar support may not be all that far off for Android. In fact, Samsung, by way of the Korean press, confirmed they would have smartphones with 64-bit processors in the future. Samsung did not offer specifics in terms of the processor at the time, however a recent report from Tech World has revealed that Qualcomm is working on such a chip.
Nexus 4 had the functionality, as well as some Nokia Lumia devices. The Nexus 5 is rumored to have wireless charging as well, and third party devices like the powermat have had middling success.
Qualcomm has joined the management board of the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), the group responsible for the popular Qi wireless charging standard. This is despite the fact that Qualcomm is a founding member of the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP), another group that is pushing for a rival standard.