If you’re in the smartphone business and your name isn’t Apple, fall is sort of the dry season of the year: that’s when the latest iPhone is released, and trying to challenge its dominance never really works out. And it appears that on the tenth anniversary of Apple’s first smartphone, other manufacturers have learned their bitter lesson: according to Digitimes, industry sources indicate slowing demand for chips from companies other than Apple.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is the next big thing to be unveiled in the smartphone industry, but it’s the Google Pixel 2 that will mark the debut of the most powerful chipset on the market, Qualcomm Snapdragon 836.
Fudzilla reports sources in the industry have confirmed to them that Google’s Pixel 2 flagship will be the first to pack the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 836 processor, unlike Samsung Galaxy Note 8 that’s expected to include a previous version of the chipset (and Samsung’s own Exynos 8895 chip).
The new Snapdragon 836 CPU will be 10% faster than the predecessor, …
Apple, in its constant efforts to move away from Samsung as components supplier, has tasked the production of its 2017 edition A11 chipset entirely to the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC). Its 86-year-old chairman Morris Chang has just become a billionaire in the process. Shares of TSMC have jumped 27% in a year, making his stake in the company valued at a cool $1 billion.
Oh, the times we live in! A new report by Nomura Securities says that Samsung is about to surpass Intel as the world’s largest semiconductor maker. Say what? Intel has been at the forefront of chip-making for decades now, but for this past quarter Samsung is projected to hit $15 billion in semiconductor sales, compared with Intel’s $14.4 billion.
Google has been slowly expanding its hardware division, most notably with the new line of Pixel phones. Now, it appears as though Google has interest in designing its own custom silicon chips with the new hire of an Apple alumn who worked as a processor designer at Apple for eight years.
Last month, we passed along a report stating that the Snapdragon 845 chipset will be Qualcomm’s next high-end SoC, and will power the next-generation of high-end handsets. While the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ got first crack this year at selling handsets powered by the top-shelf Snapdragon 835 chipset (leaving the LG G6 to rely on the Snapdragon 821 SoC), the early reports suggest that LG and Qualcomm have already engaged in talks that would guarantee the presence of the Snapdragon 845 chipset on the LG G7.
According to a profile of a Qualcomm Senior Staff Engineer that was …
A phone labeled as the Lenovo XT1902-03 has been discovered on Geekbench. The XT prefix for a model number often indicates a Motorola handset and there is speculation that this device is the sequel to the Moto M. That assumption was reached based on the chipset found on last year’s device, and comparing it to the SoC used on the unknown model that is the focus of the benchmark test.
The XT1902-03 features a Helio P20 MediaTek MT6797 chipset carrying a deca-core CPU. For the test, the ten cores were running at a clock speed of 1.85GHz. The device sports 4GB of RAM inside, and Android 7.1.1 …
Earlier this month, US chip maker Qualcomm announced its brand-new Snapdragon 660 and 630 processors for mid-range phones and other smart devices. Benchmark scores of the 660 model appeared online, showing the chip is capable of surprisingly high performance that hovers near the flagship Snapdragon 835 model’s teritorry.
In GeekBench (a prominent CPU performance test), the Snapdragon 660 – as present inside an unidentified smartphone code-named Heart – racked up 5,455 points in the multi-core test. Compared to the flagship Snapdragon 835 as present in the Samsung …