‘Real-life’ usage opinions on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 on YouTube

Damir Franc is a tech enthusiast and he has taken to YouTube to post his opinions of the much-maligned and embattled Qualcomm product, the Snapdragon 810, based on real-life usage. Arguably, it is your real-life experiences with your digital products that matter – all these tech pundits can probably just eat their words if compared to what users say they experience on a day-to-day basis.

Top 10 smartphones of the first half of 2015 from AnTuTu

Looking back to Q1 of 2015 and AnTuTu’s revelation of which smartphones reigned their benchmarking databases for the early part of the year, we see Samsung’s dynamic duo – the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge – dominating those rankings, with HTC’s One M9 not so far back at third spot. The China-based benchmarking outfit has now released its data for the first half of the year, crowning 10 smartphones as top of the pile – at least, the ones that have been benchmarked by their app.

Latest version of Snapdragon 810 used in HTC One M9

There's so much to say about the issues the HTC One M9 is facing. HTC's latest flagship has been under fire for a charging issue which we thought was Google Photos fault at first but it's not. When it first came out, there was also a camera issue which was quickly resolved after an update. And because of that, HTC believes that it can beat the Galaxy S6 and the iPhone 6 as the company recently proven in a series of tests.

Qualcomm shows off Snapdragon hybrid auto focus

Can mobile photography still be enhanced? Of course, this kind of photography will only improve year after year as long as camera technology is advancing. Maybe someday, there won't be a need for big and bulky video cams and DSLRs because a standard smartphone can capture special moments with much power. In the market today, there are a lot of smartphones with great cameras already. The list is getting longer and even faster than we can get our hands on a particular model.

Sony Xperia Z3 outperforms the Z4 powered by the Snapdragon 810

We were just speaking of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 in OnePlus’s announcement today that they will still be going with the embattled chipset (albeit claiming that it will be a new version of it, without the overheating, of course) with their upcoming flagship, the OnePlus 2. What now we have in this article is a simple real-world test of multitasking and app performance – the year-old Sony Xperia Z3 which sports the already dated but still highly capable Snapdragon 801, versus the new Sony Xperia Z4 with the Snapdragon 810.

Improved version of Snapdragon 810 to appear on OnePlus 2

OnePlus has decided to reveal what internal specs they put on their upcoming flagship – the OnePlus 2 – “piece by piece”. Today, OnePlus starts with the confirmation that it is indeed a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 that will power the new flagship smartphone, the same one that has been plagued with rumors of overheating. OnePlus also assures us that it has dealt with that recurring issue.

Blocks Wearables intros new first modular smartwatch, more details here

Remember the Blocks modular smartwatch we featured last year? Well, we've got more good news about the first wearable device from the company. The project will be released through a crowdfunding site later this summer. It will run the latest Android Lollipop OS and will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor. This information was shared during the Computex 2015 event in Taiwan where Qualcomm shared more details about the wearable in a keynote.

Google working with Qualcomm for Project Tango

So here’s the news coming out of Google I/O – there are two Project Tango devices now. Both devices are still “developer units”, but it’s good to know that this is not a stagnant project for the mothership. The first device is the Project Tango tablet, which we have talked about at length. The second device is a Project Tango smartphone, which contains and uses Qualcomm processors to run the show.

Japan’s NTT DOCOMO first to use Qualcomm’s Sense ID biometrics

We’ve seen Qualcomm’s new take on biometrics, it’s only now we realize it has a proper name – the Qualcomm Snapdragon Sense ID biometrics. It’s distinctly different from the way Apple and Samsung has envisioned biometric security for devices – that is, through a capacitive button. Qualcomm uses ultrasonic waves to read your fingerprint, and now they have one of Japan’s biggest mobile carriers, NTT DOCOMO, backing them.

Mercedes, Qualcomm collaborating on wireless charging for cars, devices

Qualcomm has been facing some pretty stiff competition when it comes to the smartphone chipset market, with big brands like Apple and Samsung opting to develop and use their own instead of using Snapdragon. But now they are looking to branch out in a whole new other market, creating a new division called Qualcomm Automotive Solutions which focuses on creating products for "the connected car". A new partnership with Mercedes-Benz looks at wirelessly charging both your devices and your e-car as well.
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