Qualcomm takes on MediaTek’s Octa-Core tech in a new promo video

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Qualcomm has released a new promo video titled “Better Cores, Not More Cores” that takes on the MediaTek’s new Octa-Core chip. Even though the promo doesn’t mention MediaTek, the “Our Competitor” wording in the promo clearly shows that it’s MediaTek. Qualcomm says that More cores won’t make your apps move faster, but faster cores will make your apps move faster. Continue reading “Qualcomm takes on MediaTek’s Octa-Core tech in a new promo video”

Qualcomm Snapdragon Powerful Processors Giveaway #2

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Thanks to the great response for the first Qualcomm Snapdragon Powerful Processors Giveaway, we are pleased to announce the 2nd giveaway in the series. All you have to do is just answer a few questions and you can walk away with one brand new Snapdragon device – Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 with a really large 6.3 inch screen and tons of other features. Dive into the contest below and send in your entry. Continue reading “Qualcomm Snapdragon Powerful Processors Giveaway #2”

LG G2 Photo Gallery

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LG launched the G2 their latest flagship Android phone today in New York City in USA. Andre from our US team was there at this launch event and got us these photos of the G2 just for FoneArena readers. The design of the G2 is the worst kept secret and has been leaked a zillion times but then this is the final real device which was announced today.The display is a gorgeous 5.2 inch full HD IPS screen with a very small bezel and there are no physical keys on the front and the Android keys are on screen like on the Nexus 4. It is only the 2nd device featuring the  crazy fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. Continue reading “LG G2 Photo Gallery”

New Nexus 7 2013 Unboxing

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The all the new Nexus 7 2013 edition just landed at FoneArena and we thought we will bring you one of the first unboxings from India.The new Nexus 7 is priced at $229 and has gone on sale in the US and is expected to come soon to India but not in the immediate future.Like the previous Nexus 7 , this tablet is also manufactured by Asus for Google and sold by Google directly.The main highlights of the 2013 Nexus 7 are the design including the massive Full HD display and the change from a Nvidia Tegra 3 processor to a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor. This Nexus 7 is the first Android device to ship with Android 4.3 JellyBean out of the box which is now also available for several other devices.

Here is the video of the unboxing below

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition Unboxing

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I was in New York city recently for an event and managed to get hold of the recently launched Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition for unboxing as I’m a huge fan of devices running stock Android and the Galaxy S4 has some great internals and a full HD Super AMOLED display. Samsung’s TouchWiz UI on top on Android does offer some useful features but it does come at a cost in terms of free space on the device and

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Qualcomm Snapdragon Powerful Processors Giveaway #1

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I’am sure most of you would remember the Qualcomm Snapdragon powered Giveaways last year on FoneArena. We are pleased to announce that for the next several weeks, we are running the giveaways again, thanks to Qualcomm. All you have to do is just answer a few questions and you can walk away with one brand new Snapdragon device – Sony XPERIA Z. The contest was a great success last year with a record number of entries and it would have not been possible without support from you guys! Looking forward to your participation in this year’s giveaways too. Dive into the contest below and send in your entry. Continue reading “Qualcomm Snapdragon Powerful Processors Giveaway #1”

Airtel increases stake in Qualcomm’s 4G venture to 51%

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Airtel has increased its stake to 51% in the 4G broadband ventures owned by Qualcomm, raising it from 49% that was acquired by the company back in May 2012, according to a report from ETQualcomm won BWA Spectrum in Delhi, Mumbai, Haryana and Kerala circles in 2010 by paying about USD 1 billion (Rs. 4912.54 crore approx).  Continue reading “Airtel increases stake in Qualcomm’s 4G venture to 51%”

Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 powers the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A with 150 Mbps data speeds

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While the rest of the world is just warming up to the idea of LTE, Samsung has gone ahead and announced the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A for Korea with high data speeds upto 150 Mbps. And anything with LTE in it, is usually powered by one of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips and the Galaxy S4 LTE-A is no exception. Powering the high speed phone is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC which blazed through benchmark tests that we ran recently. The flagship top tier chip is powering the Galaxy S4 and its LTE-A chip by providing the promised speeds of up to 150 Mbps.

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Youku Tudou and Qualcomm partner on HEVC tech for Snapdragon-powered devices

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Youku Tudou, China’s leading online video giant and Qualcomm Incorporated has partnered to announce a collaboration on H.265 technology that would offer Youku viewers high quality video content on Qualcomm Snapdragon processor powered devices. The H.265, also known as High Efficiency Video Coding was approved by ITU-VCEG (Video coding experts group) earlier this year. This offers compression efficiency of up to 40% compared to current video compression technology H.264. This also provides high quality video at the same time. Continue reading “Youku Tudou and Qualcomm partner on HEVC tech for Snapdragon-powered devices”

Qualcomm announces new Snapdragon 200 dual-core and quad-core chips


Qualcomm has expanded the Snapdragon 200 line-up with new set of SoCs (System On Chip) with the new Adreno 302 GPU. Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 200 chip at the CES 2013 back in January and detailed the features of the 8225Q and 8625Q it in February. The new 8×10 and 8×12 processors have ARM Cortex A7 CPUs, based on 28nm process technology and has support for HSPA+ (up to 21Mbps) and TD-SCDMA. The 8610 and 8210 would have dual-core CPUs and the 8612 and 8212 would come with quad-core CPUs, all clocked at 1.2 GHz per core and Adreno 302 GPU. Qualcomm would also release Qualcomm Reference Design (QRD) versions of the processors. Continue reading “Qualcomm announces new Snapdragon 200 dual-core and quad-core chips”

Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Benchmarks

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We are here in San Francisco on invitation from Qualcomm to benchmark their Snapdragon 800 processor (MSM8974) which features a 28nm HPm quad core Krait 400 CPU capable of running at 2.3 GHz per core and the new Adreno 330 GPU. It is expected to be the fastest mobile processor in the market and even beat the Samsung Exynos 5 Octa and Qualcomm’s own Snapdragon 600 processor in terms of benchmarks and performance. Dive in and take a look at the jaw dropping numbers in the Benchmarks. Continue reading “Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Benchmarks”

Developer page indicates upcoming Snapdragon 800 based Nokia Windows RT tablet?

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Take this with a pinch of salt but some of the deep rooted developer pages belonging to Nokia have recently added references to “Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8974” and “Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8274” both of which are part of the new range of Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoCs, which are currently the fastest chips on the market, alas with not a single device based on it yet. Qualcomm just announced its support for Windows RT 8.1 by readying its Snapdragon 800 chipsets for it. And now we are seeing Nokia add references to it on its website, co-incidence? While the recently leaked phablet comes to mind, there’s always a possibility of a Windows RT tablet from Nokia, as it has been rumored for a long time now.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 to power future Windows RT 8.1 tablets

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It is a well known fact that Qualcomm is one of the leading chip providers for the Windows RT ecosystem as well as the Windows Phone ecosystem. At the Computex event in Taipei, they have gone ahead and announced that their Snapdragon 800 series of powerful high end chipsets will include support for the Windows RT 8.1 platform. Powered by quad core processors with upto 2.2 GHz clock speeds per core, this marks a huge upgrade from the yesteryear dual core S4 plus chipsets that were used for the first Windows RT tablets, like the Dell XPS 10 for example. The Adreno 330 graphics is supposed to offer even greater graphics performance, and with additional support of in-built LTE and USB 3.0, the performance and feature gains for the Windows RT 8.1 are massive.

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Qualcomm expands its Tablet Reference Design to support Snapdragon 400 chips for emerging markets

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Qualcomm has announced that they have expanded its Qualcomm Reference Design (QRD) portfolio with a reference design made specifically for 7-inch and 10-inch version of tablets running on its Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM 8230 and MSM 8030 processors. The tablets support 3G HSPA+ connectivity, WiFi and 1080 encoding and decoding. The QRD provides access to third-party providers of tested and verified hardware and software components and there have been 200 public QRD-based product launches to date in collaboration with more than 40 OEMs in 14 countries, Continue reading “Qualcomm expands its Tablet Reference Design to support Snapdragon 400 chips for emerging markets”

Qualcomm unveils new Snapdragon 400 Quad Core chip MSM8926, with in-built multi mode LTE

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Qualcomm, one of the leading chip manufacturers for mobile devices, has just unveiled a new variant of the Snapdragon 400 chipset, with support for Quad Core processors and multi mode 3G/4G LTE connectivity. This move enables Qualcomm to capture some of the lost low-end chip marketshare that has been recently been inundated with chipsets from companies like MediaTek. The MSM8926 chip, as it is codenamed, adds support for quad core Cortex A7 processors and mainly, multi mode 3G/4G LTE connectivity, which will enable mass market devices to sport LTE modems at very low prices.

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