Samsung Exynos 8 Octa officially unveiled – what to expect from this SoC

Samsung Exynos 8 Octa chipset was announced last year and it was said to greatly improve performance on smartphones and tablets. The chipset has finally been unveiled and it is said to be one of the leading application processors of the year. It brings 10% enhanced energy efficiency and 30% enhanced performance when compared to its predecessor, Exynos 7 Octa.       Samsung Exynos 8 Octa uses the first custom-designed CPUs from Samsung and it integrates modem and application processors into a single chip. It is the first Samsung hardware to do this. The chip will be able to deliver high performance at lesser energy consumption (it uses the HMP solution that uses the bigger and smaller cores at the same time). The GPU improves the 3D graphics capability and it praises its PC-like gaming experience.   Exynos 8 has a built-in LTE modem for an uninterrupted experience when you stream videos and share data. The devices running on this SoC will have a maximum speed of 600 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 150Mbps. The processor allows for High Resolution Display Support, which allows displays to show images four times more detailed than Full HD.   It is rumored that Samsung Galaxy S7 will have Exynos 8 Octa 8890 and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820. The new Samsung flagship will be announced sometime in February, most probably at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.   Source: AndroidCommunity  

MediaTek announces new processor aimed at smart wearable market

MediaTek just announced a new processor aimed specifically at the wearable market. When most wearables and smart watch manufacturers choose to use re-purposed older processors like Snapdragon 400, someone decided it’s high time that hardware components made specifically for smaller gadgets are a must.     MT2523 is a complete system-in-package for wearables that take usage of GPS, dual-mode Bluetooth LE, efficient Cortex M4 CPU and support for high-resolution screens. This system in a package is supposedly efficient, with a 41% smaller PCB area than previous models. It is estimated that devices powered by this chip would last for a whole week on one charge. It has a built-in GPS that should help a wearable in being more fitness-oriented. The fitness tracker world could be the best niche for the MT2523.   Most smart watches running on Android Wear have been built around a Cortex-A7 CPU core, which is more powerful than the M4 core in MT2523. If this is true, this chip will most likely power modestly-packed wearables and fitness trackers. MediaTek says that its newest chip will be available for usage in the first quarter of 2016, so you should expect to see it in devices later this year.   Source: MediaTek via Android Police  

Qualcomm rebrands Snapdragon 618 and 620 to make them more appealing

Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 and 620 have been re-branded by the OEM just to become relevant again. There comes a time when your former flagship systems on a chip become irrelevant in the world of premium phones and what can you do to make them relevant again? You re-brand them and re-purpose them for the mid-range section of the niche market! The same happens with less-used mid-range SoCs as well.       Qualcomm decided to re-position its Snapdragon 618 and Snapdragon 620 into Snapdragon 650 and Snapdragon 652. This change was made in order to reflect the advanced performance that these two processors are capable of. Some of the most important features that these two chips support – better than other 600 series chips – are:   4K Ultra HD video recording high-resolution still photography advanced 4G LTE capabilities.   In order to reflect these possibilities, Qualcomm put its old flagship processors higher in the 600 tier.   “We’ve been developing the Snapdragon 652 and Snapdragon 650 processors over the past 12 months, and the superior capabilities and performance positions them well above other processors in this tier.” Most people will not even note the difference and may consider that Snapdragon 652 and 650 are new entries, but in reality they are the same processors launched in February.   Source: Droid Life  

Huawei’s new Lithium-Ion battery charges ten times faster than normal batteries

Huawei’s new Lithium-Ion battery could reportedly break the market and change mobile hardware forever, if we are to believe recent reports. This new battery supposedly reaches charging speeds ten times faster than usual.       Huawei shared some details at the 55th Battery Symposium in Japan , where a video showed a 600mAh battery that charged to 68% in just two minutes. That could do wonders for bigger cells in the future.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7D5hvAzlQBA   A 3,000 mAh battery reached 50% in just five minutes. This could mean that smartphones of the future could get a full charge in 10 minutes max.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTRYu3cUXTc     Comparing Huawei results to Qualcomm, Quick Charge 3.0 can fully charge a 3,000 mAh battery in half an hour.   For now, this revolutionary lithium-ion battery is used just for demonstrations. It will become available for smartwatches, smartphones and other wearables soon.   Press release:   Huawei reveals the next generation of quick charging technology The new batteries can be charged 10 times faster than current batteries, reaching approximately 50% capacity in mere minutes [Nagoya, Japan, Nov.13, 2015] Watt Lab, which belongs to the Central Research Institute at Huawei Technology Corporation Limited, unveiled their new quick charging lithium-ion batteries at the 56th Battery Symposium in Japan. Using next generation technology, these new batteries have achieved a charging speed 10 times faster than that of normal batteries, reaching about 50% capacity in mere minutes. Huawei presented videos of the two types of quick charging lithium-ion batteries: one battery with a 600 […]

Exynos 8 Octa 8890 announced by Samsung today!

Just like its Qualcomm brethren, Samsung decided to announce its newest SoC today. This piece of hardware from the Exynos family named Exynos 8 Octa 8890 is built on the latest 14nm technology, just like the Exynos 7 Octa chips launched earlier this year and the Snapdragon 820 launched yesterday by the competition.       This SoC represents the first Samsung custom-designed CPU core based on 64-bit architecture and what it does is couple 4 big cores with 4 small ARM Cortex A53 cores to build up to the 8 core system.   Samsung says that this new technology will give smartphones and tablets 30 percent improvements in performance when compared to Exynos 7 Octa and 10 percent more power efficiency. This new SoC integrates a brand new LTE modem that will enable 6000 Mbps download speeds and 150 Mbps upload speeds on Cat 12 and 13.       Exynos 8 Octa 8890 supports display resolutions up to 4K UHD (4096×2160) and WQUXGA (3840×2400). The pixel density wars will never be over if technology keeps advancing this fast. The chip will get into the mass production stage later this year and it will surely make an appearance in Samsung’s next Galaxy S flagship that launches in 2016.   Source: Samsung via AndroidPolice

Snapdragon 820 revealed – meet next year’s flagship processor

Today, Qualcomm revealed its most recent system on chip that will probably power some of next year’s flagships, Snapdragon 820. With it, Qualcomm announced its desire to create a technology “designed around enriching visual quality and audio clarity.” This basically means that the new chip has a much improved GPU and better image processing, plus better audio. The improvements should help a smartphone with with faster upload/download speeds, much improved performance and faster quick charging.       The most important new features for Snapdragon 820:   Kyro CPU and Hexagon 680 DSP: up to 2.2 GHz 64-bit quad-core CPU that provides twice the performance of a Snapdragon 810 CPU, improvements in battery life and ultra-low power advanced imaging Adreno 530 GPU: 40% overall improvements over Adreno 430 GPU (better graphic performance, better computer capabilities and efficacious power usage X12 LTE Modem: 3x faster peak upload speeds and 33% faster peak download speeds when compared to X10 LTE modem from previous SoCs. (LTE 12 provides 600 Mbps download speeds) Quick Charge 3.0: 38% more efficient than Quick Charge 2.0 (four times faster than usual charging) Advanced WiFi: supports 802.11ad and 802.11ac 2×2-MU-MINO WiFi (at least twice faster than 802.11ac WiFi) Spectra camera ISP: supports capture of up to 28MP, hybrid autofocus, 14-bit image sensors and multi-sensor fusion algorithms.   Snapdragon 820 will not be available for smartphones immediately though, as we can only expect the hardware to power phones starting next year.   Source: Qualcomm