Snapdragon 810

Qualcomm loses “large customer”, could be Samsung

It's only January but Qualcomm is already done with the quarter of fiscal 2015. The company was proud to announce a strong quarter with record quarterly revenues. The numbers look good despite facing patent infringement lawsuits by NVIDIA the previous quarter. However, the chip maker is said to be lowering its revenue outlook for the semiconductor business and EPS expectations for the 2nd half of fiscal year. Why do that when the first quarter achieved record revenues?

Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 810 taking some heat

Pardon the pun in the title, will you? The Snapdragon 810, Qualcomm's new standard flagship chip and arguably one of 2015’s hottest commodities, is the Android industry's answer for catching up with Apple on the 64-bit issue, as well as better performance via octa-core processing. This early, though, the Snapdragon 810 seems to be taking heat from gadget manufacturers and critics for all the wrong reasons.

OnePlus to delay launch of 2nd phone, moved to Q3 of 2015

The OnePlus One was one of the phones of 2014, simply because it managed to marry top-of-the-line specs with a sub-USD$300 price point. Never mind the roundabout way of actually owning one, for those who got their hands on a OnePlus One smartphone, they will surely say that they got the deal of the year. Now, OnePlus has to maneuver through the tricky waters of following it up with an equally great deal for the OnePlus 2 (that’s what they’re calling it) – but it seems that we have to wait a while to see it.

LG refutes Snapdragon 810 overheating rumors

There is nothing OEMs, even Samsung, should be afraid of when it comes to the Snapdragon 810. That is the sentiment aired by Woo Ram-chan, LG VP for mobile product planning when asked about the rumors that Qualcomm's latest chip was tested to be overheating. Those tests, however, were conducted by Samsung, who is also now rumored to be switching over to its own Exynos chips for the Galaxy S6 because of that. LG, on the other hand, is sticking to its guns.

Samsung tipped to be ditching Qualcomm due to overheating

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 seems to be off to a rocky start. Previously rumored to be delayed, the mobile chip maker has assured the industry that its first octa-core 64-bit chips will ship on time, as seems to be implied by recent new smartphone announcements. But now according to an insider source, the chip was found to have some overheating issues based on Samsung's test, forcing the Korean OEM to switch out the processors for its upcoming Galaxy S6, expected to be unveiled in March.

Xiaomi Mi Note puts high-end flagships on notice

Xiaomi is starting 2015 with a bang. Trying once again to disrupt the smartphone market, the Chinese OEM has unveiled the Mi Note and its even higher end Mi Note Pro sibling, sporting a combination some of the best hardware and features you're likely to see in recent and upcoming flagships. And of course, in the usual Xiaomi way, these sell lower than your usual flagship from your usual giant OEMs, though the rising numbers do seem to point to a general and rather worrying trend in smartphone prices.

Samsung rumored to update Galaxy Note 4 with Snapdragon 810

If you’ve followed Samsung for a while, you know that they like to put out two variants of their flagship phones – one usually armed with a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, which usually is the international version. The other would be the device armed with an Exynos chip, made from Samsung’s in-house chipmakers – this would be the brand released to the home market in South Korea, and usually has some bonus features that the international version doesn’t have. That was the case with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, until now when these rumors are coming out.

Development devices for Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 emerge

Intrinsyc Technologies has just revealed a couple of developer devices, including a smartphone, a tablet, and a development board, all of which are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810. This will let application developers as well as device makers test and play around with Qualcomm's multi-talented system-on-chip even before the first commercial devices hit the market, probably next year.
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