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Samsung GALAXY S4 sells 10 million units and announces new colors

May 24, 2013

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Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung released data this morning showing that their newest flagship smartphone model, the GALAXY S4, has been a huge success with consumers.  Since its release on April 27, the S4 has sold 10 million units.  To celebrate the milestone, the manufacturer announced the production of a slew of new colors to supplement the stock white and black models that are currently available.

Ten million sales is a pretty impressive benchmark for the GALAXY S4, and reaching it in under a month shows a clear trend of rising popularity for Samsung’s smartphones.  The S4’s predecessors, the S3 and S2, took 5 and 2 months, respectively, to reach the same level of sales.

Samsung’s GALAXY series is well known for integrating innovative features like Air View and Air Gesture technology, which economize your finger movements and make for a faster, easier experience.  Each model in the series has also boasted impressive hardware, with the S4 feeding its 5-inch AMOLED screen and 13 MP camera with a super fast Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor.

Perhaps intended as a gesture of gratitude to Samsung fans, the company also announced the imminent arrival of several new colors to the S4 line.  The stock White Mist and Black Forest models will soon be accompanied by Blue Arctic, Purple Mirage, and Brown Autumn.  There will also be a Red Aurora model, which is being reported as an AT&T exclusive color.  It should make for an exciting summer for Samsung fans.

Matthew O’Connell

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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:

Apr 18, 2017


Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is first Snapdragon 820 powered tablet, designed with mobile media in mind

Making its debut at Mobile World Congress (MWC) this week, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is the first commercial tablet powered by the premium Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. The result: next-level video and gaming experiences.

Powered by the Snapdragon 820

These experiences come courtesy of the Snapdragon 820’s integrated X12 LTE modem, Qualcomm Adreno 530 GPU, and QCA6174A 2x2 MU-MIMO 11ac Wi-Fi technology, and all of which are designed to deliver premium entertainment. The modem and Wi-Fi components are engineered to prevent awkward lags when streaming videos or games, thanks to its lightning-fast download and upload speeds, whether you are indoor on the go.

The X12 LTE modem supports Category 12 downlink speeds of up to 600 Mbps — 33 percent faster than the previous-generation X10 LTE modem — and Category 13 uplink speeds of up to 150 Mbps, which is 3X faster than the X10. The Wi-Fi tech supports up to 867 Mbps peak speed, and the high capacity offered by MU-MIMO, which is especially helpful in crowded conditions.

As the graphics backbone of the Galaxy Tab S3, the Adreno 530 GPU (with the help of the Qualcomm Kryo CPU) is designed to deliver photo-realistic graphics that were once reserved for console games directly to your tablet. The GPU offers a 40 percent improvement to graphics performance, compute capabilities, and power usage compared to its predecessor, the Adreno 430. And graphics-rich mobile gaming lasts longer: The processing unit is efficient, reducing power consumption by up to 40 percent compared to the Adreno 430, so you spend less time charging and more time beating your highest score.

For the gaming aficionado

The Snapdragon 820 supports the Vulkan API, a program interface that works with the GPU to handle any high-end graphics thrown its way. The highly efficient API maintains a balance of GPU and CPU workloads, helping to deter compromises when rendering applications.

The Galaxy Tab S3 is equipped with other game-centric features, including Game Launcher, which offers an enhanced user interface and a more personalized gaming experience. Players can also turn on the Do Not Disturb mode, which shuts down notifications for uninterrupted gameplay.

For the budding filmmaker

With such a powerful GPU, this powerful tablet is capable of becoming more than a replacement for your game console. The device has a 13-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front camera for recording crisp footage and photos. Support for HDR video with 4K video playback and quad-stereo speakers tuned by AKG by HARMAN Acoustics contribute to a cinema-like experience.

Rounding out the tablet is Samsung Flow designed for working on the go seamlessly, the refined S Pen, and the Pogo Keyboard to enable the versatile use. The Galaxy Tab S3 also comes with expandable storage and fast-charge capabilities.

Powered by the Snapdragon 820 processor, the Galaxy Tab S3 is engineered for graphics-rich video and gaming on the go.

Check out the rest of our MWC 2017 coverage and follow us on Twitter @Qualcomm to keep up with the latest news.

Feb 27, 2017


Snapdragon 820 powered LG V20 is a multimedia heavyweight

We expect our smartphones to do a lot at once. We ask them to zing messages back and forth, stream the latest binge-worthy TV show, play the morning pump-up song, and notify us when the bus is five minutes away—all without depleting the charge we need to make it through the day. The problem is that some phones can only perform a few of these tasks at once, and most cannot multi-task in a power-efficient manner.

Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, the LG V20, the latest in its V series of smartphones, intends to buck that trend. It’s engineered to harness the strength and finesse of its revolutionary processor to deliver immersive multimedia and gaming, ingenious productivity settings, and the intelligent power efficiency to make it all possible.

Oh, and did we mention that the V20 is making history? It’s the first smartphone to come preloaded with both of Android’s highly anticipated technologies—7.0 Nougat operating system and Google’s In Apps phone search—out of the box. With In Apps, a breakthrough intelligent search tool, you can find content from both built-in apps (like contacts, emails, text messages, and photos), as well as from user-installed apps. It also enables you to discover recently accessed apps, people to get in touch with, messages to read, or activity across apps, without having to type a query. Additionally, Nougat allows you to see two apps at once in a split screen and drag text, images, and files from one app to another for optimal multitasking.

The LG V20 offers leading connectivity with the 820’s integrated Snapdragon X12 LTE modem, which is a great fit for those who are always connected. It can support download speeds up to an incredible 600Mbps (perfect for streaming 360-degree VR videos), fast access to files in cloud storage, and quick downloads of high quality music for on-device or offline playback.

Sep 6, 2016

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.

Aug 1, 2016