Subject: General Tech | July 21, 2013 - 04:53 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: Snapdragon S4 Pro, msm8960t, moto x, android 4.2.2, adreno 320
Rumors are abounding around the Internet concerning Motorola’s Moto X smartphone. Leaked specifications, photos, and release dates have all appeared online, and at this point most sites are reporting on the phone with a fair amount of certainty. Should the rumors hold true, Motorola’s latest Android smartphone will be launched on August 1, 2013 and available for purchase from wireless carriers as early as August 23, 2013.
On the outside, the Moto X is an approximately 5-inch smartphone with rounded corners and a curved back. The back cover bulges out towards the top and tapers off towards the bottom of the phone. Also, the Kevlar back cover has a textured finish, indented Motorola logo, and a 10MP camera with flash. The front of the Android smartphone has a 4.5” 720p (1184 x 720) touchscreen display, 2MP webcam, and three soft (back, home, and menu) capacitive buttons.
The Unlockr posted a leaked render of the Moto X.
Internal specifications include a Qualcomm MSM8960T SoC, 2GB of RAM, 16GB (non expandable) storage, Wi-Fi and cellular radios, a 2,200 mAh battery, and Android 4.2.2. The Qualcomm MSM8960T SoC includes a dual core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU clocked at 1.7GHz, an Adreno 320 GPU clocked at 400MHz, and the wireless modem.
The phone is reportedly assembled in the USA and should come in at affordable subsidized prices considering the hardware specifications are not all that impressive or new. If The Verge is correct in stating that Motorola will be delivering a “near stock” Android experience, then it may still be popular despite not dethroning competing Android flagships on hardware specifications alone.
Are you excited for the Moto X?
Subject: Mobile | January 11, 2013 - 09:05 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: SoC, qualcomm 800, qualcomm 600, qualcomm, krait, ces 2013, CES, arm, adreno 330, adreno 320
Qualcomm introduced two new high end mobile processors at CES earlier this week. Known as the Snapdragon 600 and Snapdragon 800, the new SoCs take the company’s Krait CPU cores to the next level. Both of the new chips are based on a 28nm HPm manufacturing process and feature faster (and more efficienct) CPU and GPU portions.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 is SoC with four Krait 300 CPU cores clocked at 1.9GHz along with an Adreno 320 GPU, and 4G LTE modem. The Snapdragon 600 also supports LPDDR3 RAM. The Adreno 320 GPU features suport fro OpenGL ES 3.0, OpenCL, and Renderscript Compute technologies. According to Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 600 is 40% faster than the Snapdragon S4 Pro processor used in devices like the Google Nexus 4 smartphone. Also, the Adreno 320 GPU is up to 3-times faster than the previous-generation A225.
The Snapdragon 600 SoC is inteded for smartphones, and we should start to see the new processor shipping with new devices by Q2 2013.
Meanwhile, the Snapdragon 800 processor takes performance up yet another notch over the company’s existing chips. The new SoC includes four Krait 400 CPU cores clocked at 2.3GHz, an Adreno 330 GPU, support for 2x32-bit LPDDR3 at 800MHz (12.8Gbps), and a 4G LTE modem. The chip also features two image signal processors (ISP) that can handle up to four cameras and 55MP (total) resolution. Devices with the Snapdragon 800 processor will be able to record 1080p30 video as well as encode and decode stored videos with up to 4K resolutions. As far as wireless, the Snapdragon 800 includes a 4G LTE modem and 802.11ac Wi-Fi. The upcoming SoC can handle 4K video output and HD audio in the form of DTS-HD, Dolby Digital+, and 7.1 Surround Sound.
The Adreno 330 GPU in the Snapdragon 800 chip also supports OpenGL ES 3.0, OpenCL, and Rednderscript Computer technologies. It can output 4K video and reportedly offers up to twice the compute performance versus the Adreno 320 GPU in the Snapdragon 600 processor.
According to Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 800 processor as a whole is up to 75% faster than the Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC. Qualcomm is aiming this processor at “premium” high end devices including Smart TVs, tablets, consumer electronics devices (ie: blu ray players with apps), and smartphones. Qualcomm expects to see devices powered by the new SoC become available sometime around the middle of 2013 (1H’13).
The new chips appear to offer up some noticeable performance and efficiency improvements over the current generation of Snapdragon processors. The Snapdragon 800 in particular is an impressive-sounding design. I am interested to see how it stacks up against competing chips such as NVIDIA’s Tegra 4, Samsung’s next-gen Exynos lineup, and whatever chip Apple has up its sleeve for the next iPad/iPhone refresh. This year is shaping up to be an exciting year for ARM-based SoCs!
If you are interested in the new silicon, Qualcomm has teased a few more details on its blog.
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