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HTC One S: First Snapdragon S4 Device Hits Store Shelves

Apr 26, 2012

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If you’ve been waiting patiently to get a smartphone with a Snapdragon™ S4 processor, the wait is over. The HTC One S is now available on T-Mobile for less than $200 on a two year contract. And based on the in depth reviews written by mobile pundits, the HTC One S is easily one of the fastest Android phones available.

The HTC One S is the middle-child of HTC’s latest One Series, featuring a 4.3-inch qHD display (960 x 540 pixels), a Snapdragon S4 processor with 1.5GHz dual-core CPUs, and 1GB of RAM. It’s ferociously fast based on the slew of benchmark data collected from popular sites such as PCMag, The Verge, and Engadget. Of course, speed isn’t its only claim to fame, as the One S is loaded with features like the 8 Megapixel rear-facing camera, Beats Audio, and Wireless Display (via the Media Link Adapter). Its platform richness spans beyond hardware, as this metallic device has HTC’s Sense 4.0, overlayed on the latest version of Android, called Ice Cream Sandwich.

For a limited time, T-Mobile is offering a trade-in program with which you can bring in any old phone and receive a minimum of $100 towards a new HTC One S or one of two other phones featuring Snapdragon processors (the Samsung Galaxy S2 II or HTC Radar 4G). If your device is worth more than the minimum, T-Mobile will apparently reimburse you accordingly.

While the HTC One S is the first Snapdragon S4 device to hit U.S. stores, it certainly won’t be the last. In a matter of weeks, the HTC One X (AT&T) and HTC EVO 4G LTE (Sprint) will begin appearing in stores as well, making them the first Snapdragon S4 LTE phones available in the United States. In fact, AT&T is already taking pre-orders and Sprint starts accepting them on May 7.

Have you bought or tried out an HTC One S yet? Let us know in the comments what you think…

Francisco Cheng

Director, Technical Marketing

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Snapdragon Wear 2100 powers high-end fashion smartwatches at Baselworld

Silicon Valley met Switzerland at this year’s Baselworld, the world’s premier event for the watch and jewelry industry, which celebrated its 100th anniversary this year. Several impressive smartwatches made their debut, all touting the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 Platform and all powered by Android Wear 2.0. With this reliable platform and OS developed specifically for wearables, it’s no wonder high-end brands are looking beyond basic wearable functions, and combining style with technology to develop chic smartwatches fit for any lifestyle.

The superior SoC for smartwatches, Snapdragon Wear 2100, is an integrated, ultra-low power sensor hub. It’s 30 percent smaller than previous-generation wearable SoCs, allowing OEMs the freedom to develop thinner, sleeker product designs. And because it uses 25 percent less power than its older sibling (the Snapdragon 400), watchmakers can offer even more features and better designs.

The Snapdragon Wear 2100 comes in both tethered (Bluetooth and Wi-Fi) and connected (3G and 4G LTE) versions. The latter allows wearers to do more with their wearables, from streaming music to sending messages to calling a cab, in tandem with — or even without — having to bring their smartphones along.

Each of the touchscreen smartwatches included in this roundup run Android Wear 2.0, Google’s latest wearable operating system, and can pair with both iOS and Android phones. With Android Wear 2.0, users can personalize their watch faces with chronometer-style complications and create shortcuts to their favorite applications. In addition to the pre-installed Google Fit and calendar apps, more apps can be downloaded directly through the on-watch Google Play store, so wearers can customize their device to their lifestyle.

Android Wear 2.0 brings the Google Assistant to your wrist. Find answers and get things done even when your hands are full. Reply to a friend, set a reminder, or ask for directions. Just hold the power button or say “OK Google”.

Check out the some of Snapdragon Wear powered smartwatches that made a splash at this year’s Baselworld:

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Qualcomm builds momentum in China with Oppo licensing agreement

When it comes to how we connect, Qualcomm is committed to bringing the future forward faster, particularly through wireless connectivity. On the heels of recent agreements with Chinese electronic giants like Lenovo, Xiaomi and Haier, we are pleased to have reached a new patent licensing agreement with Oppo.

The agreement enables Oppo to develop and manufacture mobile devices with 3G and 4G LTE capabilities in China. Currently, more than 100 Chinese companies have signed license agreements with Qualcomm that are consistent with terms of the rectification plan submitted by Qualcomm to, and accepted by the NDRC.

The new agreement provides another step forward for Qualcomm to expand its licensing business in China—and to continue developing the connectivity fabric of everything on a global scale.

“Qualcomm is very pleased to sign a license agreement with OPPO,” said Alex Rogers, senior vice president and general manager, Qualcomm Technology Licensing. “As an R&D engine for the industry, we are excited to see companies such as OPPO build on our patented technologies to drive further development and innovation and create compelling products."

According to IDC (July 2016), Oppo is the 2nd largest manufacturer of mobile electronic devices in China for the first half of 2016 and a top-10 global electronics player.

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