Letv Le Max Pro to have world-first ultrasonic fingerprint biometric sensor

Letv Le Max Pro is the first smartphone to host Snapdragon 820 , which means increased processing speeds, Sense ID, and newer tech altogether.       Sense ID from Snapdragon is a first comprehensive ultrasonic-based fingerprint biometric solution with a liveness detection feature that helps your smartphone be sure that a real finger is being used as authentication. This is the first commercial device to ship with such a feature.   Letv is one of the world’s top innovators, as put by chief operating officer Jun Liang, and Le Max Pro is meant to be the epitome of technology. The smartphone uses the Snapdragon 820 features like an Adreno 530 GPU, a X12 LTE modem, Kyro CPU and Quick Charge 3.0. Sadly, Letv Pro will ship with Quick Charge 2.0 support.   Letv Le Max Pro will not be available in the US, but other devices will surely sport Snapdragon 820 this year.   Source: Droid-Life  

[CES 2016] Qualcomm announces Letv Max Pro as first Snapdragon 820 recipient

Qualcomm announced its most recent SoC will go live in a smartphone as soon as possible and the first recipient is Letv Le Max Pro. The company announced at CES that their Snapdragon 820 processor is used in the Letv smartphone and they even briefly presented the device.       All we know about the device is that it will be powered by an 820 SoC packed with Qualcomm’s ultrasonic fingerprint authentication system found on the back of the phone. The device will also have WiFi 11ad (nicknamed WiGig).   The company also revealed that Snapdragon 820 has already secured 80 design wins, which is pretty impressive for such a powerful and expensive mobile SoC.   On a side-note, Letv Max Pro remains a mystery art this point, because the public will have to wait for its official announcement. Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkompf briefly showed a device that seemed functional on stage when he made the announcement, but nothing more is known. It would be interesting to see how much RAM and how big a battery this smartphone gets.  

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 […]

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

Android chips made by Google in the near future, sources say

Google wants to create its own Android chips, if we are to believe recent reports from the Information. Google seems to want to work with some OEMs in order to co-develop chips based on its own designs., thus making the fight with Apple products even more personal.       Apple is continuously designing its own Ax chip manufactured by the likes of Samsung and Google wants a piece of that opportunity as it wants to change and improve the Android ecosystem with its own designs and consistency. But in order for this to happen, Google would have to find an engaged manufacturer, such as Qualcomm, that would have to give up on some of their own plans and competitive niche markets.   Google did not deny or confirm this rumor, but the Information says that talks on the subject took place this fall and the subject at hand was the company’s desire to develop an “enterprise connectivity device” (which could be the Pixel C laptop-tablet hybrid launched back in September) that would use only Google-owned technology.   Why would Google make its own Android chips?   Well, one of the benefits of this strategy is the fact that it could cut on cutting edge features into future versions of its OS such as support for virtual reality and augmented reality. These features that everyone is eager to try would require more dedicated software and hardware than usual features do.   Of course, the first devices to take advantage of the Android chips from Google […]