SNAPDRAGON Posts on XDA

MWC 2017: How the Snapdragon 835’s Absence Stole the Show

Qualcomm has made a name for itself in the smartphone industry: being the most reputable Android SoC provider for years now, Qualcomm has a sort of hold on the mobile device market few outside of Apple can lay claim to. It is no wonder either. Qualcomm chips are powering mobile devices at almost every price range, wearables...

EFIDroid: A Second-Stage Bootloader Using UEFI Firmware to Multiboot [XDA Spotlight]

Dual booting and multi-ROM implementations have been a major challenge for Android developers for quite some time. Previous solutions have typically needed substantial device-specific development and further support from ROM developers. Even then, they’re often more complicated than they’re worth for the average ROM user. EFIDroid seeks to remedy all of this. Formerly known as GRUB4Android,...

Analyzing the SoC Market and the Relative Standing of Each Processor

In the ever-changing landscape of mobile technology, many processors have risen and fallen. From the birth of HiSilicons’s lauded Kirin series, to the coming of age of Samsung’s Exynos chips, and even the death of Texas Instruments’ OMAP chipsets, we’ve watched in excitement, horror, and – yes – sometimes even disgust, as our hopes and...

HTC: Snapdragon 835 Not Coming with MWC Flagships, New HTC Phone Coming when Processor Arrives

HTC has been criticized for many of the decisions they made with the HTC U Ultra -- from a small battery (for its size) to packing last year's Snapdragon 821 instead of the newer 835, HTC seemingly couldn't catch a break from many sectors of the media. A new interview by tbreak clears up some...

Qualcomm is Optimizing the Snapdragon 835 and Hexagon 682 DSP for TensorFlow

Machine learning is huge and we're seeing a lot of big tech companies getting involved in this sector. This can range from personal AI assistants, to games and everything in between including under-the-hood optimizations. Most of the time the computation for AI is done in the cloud, but Qualcomm wants to change that in the future. Previously, these...

Rumor Reveals Specs of a 4.6″ Flagship from Xiaomi

Over the years, the screen size of smartphones has gotten bigger and bigger. A few years back, smartphone makers were ridiculed for releasing a product with a display that was 5" or bigger. Some have enjoyed this transition while others merely put up with it. Then there are some within the community who outright loathe the trend...

Next Generation Snapdragon Processors will Officially Support Windows 10 in 2017

At the Microsoft Windows Hardware Engineering Community (WinHEC) event earlier this week, it was announced that Microsoft and Qualcomm have been working together on a new project. The goal of this partnership is to get Windows 10 running on "premium-tier" Snapdragon chips from Qualcomm. Microsoft's Terry Myerson (EVP, Windows and Devices Group) even pulled out a thin,...

Qualcomm announces X16 and X50 modems for next generation Snapdragon 8xx devices and 5G Connectivity

At the Qualcomm 4G/5G Summit in Hong Kong, Qualcomm revealed some new processors, and their roadmap for their upcoming flagship modems, the X16 and X50, and the roadmap towards 5G connectivity. X16 LTE Modem The Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 Modem is Qualcomm’s flagship modem for 2017. The X16 LTE Modem is the first modem capable of Gigabit download speeds,...

A Look at What Has Changed from the Snapdragon 820 to the Snapdragon 821 in the Google Pixel Phones

We reached out to Qualcomm to get a better look at the Snapdragon 821 processor that is making an appearance in the upcoming Google Pixel and Pixel XL, the Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe, the Xiaomi Mi 5s, and the LeEco Le Pro 3. With the Snapdragon 821 in the Pixel phones running at the same clock speed as the regular...

Samsung will Reportedly Manufacture the Snapdragon 830 for Qualcomm

Qualcomm has generally hired companies like TSMC to manufacture the custom Snapdragon SoCs that so many mobile devices use these days. This worked out well for them for years, but changed last year with the Snapdragon 820. It's unclear if this transition happened because Qualcomm was unhappy with how the Snapdragon 810 turned out (which...

Opinion: Experiencing Both Note 7 Variants Convinced Me, the next Galaxy Should Be Exynos-Only

The controversy surrounding the Galaxy Note 7’s battery combustions have shifted the conversation away from the device’s merits, a sad state of affairs for one of 2016’s biggest releases and some of the best smartphone hardware to ever reach consumer hands. At XDA, we too were worried about our devices. Most of our Portal staff have...

Exynos 8890 vs. Snapdragon 820 Note 7 Performance Analysis: Endurance, Throttling & Thermals

In typical Samsung fashion, the Note 7 comes with two different processing packages, meaning users once more are wondering whether they are getting the “best” flagship out of the two. We, too, wanted to find out just how these two variants stack up. Exynos and Snapdragon chipsets have been battling it out inside Samsung flagships for a...
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