The processor for the new Amazon Fire Phone has been revealed as Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800, the same SoC (system on chip) released on the most recent Kindle Fire model tablet. This processor was one of the biggest releases for Qualcomm back when they announced it in early 2013, sporting a coming to "virtually every global OEM" tag early on.
Today the Amazon Fire Phone has been revealed with a very simple look and an aim to change the smartphone ecosystem. This device works with a 4.7-inch IPS LCD display and Gorilla Glass 3 front display cover, a rubber frame, and a single aluminum button. This device works with a 13-megapixel camera on its back, a glass back, and a software suite that’s all Amazon.
The Samsung Galaxy F, or Galaxy S5 Prime, is finally here, but not really. It isn't going by either of those names and won't be looking as polished as they were rumored to be. Instead, Samsung has chosen to christen it the Galaxy S5 LTE-A to focus more on the uber downloading speeds new buyers could be getting and to distract you from feeling a bit cheated for buying a Galaxy S5 that is now somewhat dwarfed by this.
We’ve got our hands on an international edition of the LG G3 this week ready for action with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801. This is a quad-core processor with a clock speed of 2.5Ghz. This is the MSM8975AC Snapdragon 801 paired with an Adreno 330 GPU, ready to roll with Android 4.4 KitKat inside.
The HTC One (E8) Ace is a plastic edition of what’s essentially a remake of the HTC One M7 from 2013. This device is similar in size to the HTC One (M8), but works with a shape that’s closer to the HTC One M7. This device will almost certainly be sticking to China.
Qualcomm is aiming to position its new Snapdragon chips at the heart of computational photography, making it easier for phone and tablet manufacturers to add depth-sensing dual camera systems such as on the HTC One M8. The processor company plans a duo-camera reference design with stereo and depth camera support on the Snapdragon 805, senior director for cameras and imaging Tim Yates confirmed, in the hope of cutting the hassles of developing a system from scratch.
The new flagship LG G3 will seemingly arrive too soon to take advantage of Qualcomm's latest chipset, with the Snapdragon 805 not looking ready for the new Android phone's debut on May 27th. LG is expected to launch the G3 at the end of this month at an event in London, but despite ongoing rumors that it would be the first phone to use the Snapdragon 805, the latest batch of leaks indicate that won't be the case.
Qualcomm has slimmed down its ultrasound pen, making the sonic stylus potentially fit inside a Galaxy Note 3-scale smartphone for more portable use. The pen, which uses sound tracking to deliver a tablet stylus with better accuracy than the average digitizer, has been trimmed in its latest iteration, now sized to fit inside the silo in a phone rather than in a tablet portfolio.
Qualcomm is readying the Snapdragon 805, and with new processors - and the superlatives to go along with them - proliferating, it’s trying to address the question of whether the new chip is the “Next Big Thing” or not. I caught up with Qualcomm to find out what makes the Snapdragon 805 special, to run some early benchmarks ahead of the first commercial devices arriving later in the year, and to see if its advances in 4K, CPU/GPU performance, camera tech, and more add up to a chip worth having.