HTC Announces A9 Smartphone

HTC has unveiled the A9 smartphone which features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 Octa-core 64-bit processor with four cores clocked at 1.5GHz while the other four operate at 1.2GHz. The handset supports NFC, Bluetooth 4.1, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4GHz/5GHz and opts for Dolby Hi-Res Audio. In terms of storage, the base unit contains 16GB with 2GB of RAM while the more expensive model utilizes 32GB ROM and 3GB RAM. Thankfully, there is a MicroSD expansion slot which allows the storage to be upgraded to a maximum of 2TB.

This handset will be the first from HTC is support Android 6.0 by default and adopts a similar visual design to the iPhone 6. The 2150 mAh battery is disappointing although it does support Quick Charge 2.0. The handset also features a 13-megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and a sapphire cover lens which can shoot video in 1080p. Additionally, there is optical image stabilization to reduce movement during photographs. The front camera’s specification hasn’t been revealed but I would presume the sensor to be around 5-megapixels.

The smartphone’s display is a 5″ 1920×1080 Super AMOLED panel and also utilizes a fingerprint reader. As you might expect, the handset is constructed from a metal uni-body and oozes quality. Pre-orders are currently available from HTC’s website and begin at $399.99 for a limited time only.

MediaTek’s Latest Helio SoC Will Let You Record 4K Videos at 120 FPS

The Taiwanese mobile chip maker, MediaTek, is reportedly working on a high-end SoC lineup named Helio, which the company states will compete with its rivals, Qualcomm and Samsung.

The company has revealed its latest SoC at a recent conference in Beijing, where the company’s executive explained how MediaTek is going to grasp the high-end SoC market with its new Helio lineup, which is comprised of the Helio X and Helio P versions.

While the Helio X is stated to be used in high-end smartphones, the Helio P will help the company grasp the budget smartphone market as well. The first Helio lineup is stated to be made up of the MediaTek MT6795, featuring an octa-core package, and the second will come with the ARM Cortex-A53 CPU clocked at 2.2 GHz.

Mediated is said to be creating more chipsets in the future, which will feature ARM’s Cortex-A72 processor that will allow users to record 4K videos at 120 FPS.

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Samsung Rolls Out its Exynos ModAP SoC with Integrated LTE

South Korean smartphone manufacturer, Samsung, has just announced its latest SoC addition, the ModAP chip, which features an integrated 4G LTE radio. While the company was mostly focusing on their handsets in the past, it looks like it now wants a big piece of the SoC market as well.

The processor itself is said to boast only a Quad-Core processor on a 28 nm HKMG process architecture, compared to its Exynos 5 chips which boast Octa-Core processors. Looking at the SoC market, the only manufacturer available to produce LTE-enabled SoCs was Qualcomm, having Samsung’s flashgrips powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon chips. However, Samsung seems to want to stop depending on Qualcomm’s SoC and start making their own hardware for their handsets, with the possibility of making their SoC available to other smartphone manufacturers as well.

It is said that the Exynos ModAP SoCs have the ability to support the 4G LTE Release 9 of 3GPP and Cat 4, FDD and TDD, as well as legacy 2G and 3G mobile interface support. Although Samsung did come a long way with its SoCs, it is still behind Qualcomm and its Cat 6 LTE-enabled chips, capable of speeds up to 300 Mbps. Even so, Samsung states that thanks to the Exynos ModAP SoC, handsets will be able to boast high-resolution cameras and offer features such as video recording in high quality or playing back graphics in higher quality.

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Samsung Reveals Upcoming Exynos SoCs, Exynos 5244 To Be 34 Percent Faster

Samsung has been silent about its upcoming Exynos SoCs in the past, mainly due to the fact that the technology is going to be behind the 2nd generation of Samsung Galaxy S5 handest. Now with MWC and companies showing off their ‘best of the best’ gadgets and technology, Samsung has officially released some details about the two upcoming Exynos, the 5422 and 5260.

The Exynos 5422 SoC is said to be an Octa-Core having the first Cortex A15 cores clocked at 2.1 GHz and the remaining Cortex A7 cores clocked at 1.5 GHz, while having the ability to use all eight cores at the same time. The chip supports samsung’s big.LITTLE Heterogeneous Multi Processing and is stated to be up to 34 percent faster than its predecessor, the Exynos 5 Octa.

The Exynos 5260, also known as the Exynos 5 Hexa announced in the upcoming Galaxy Note 3 Neo, which features six cores composed of two high-performance Cortex A15 cores clocked at 1.7 GHz and four Cortex A7 cores clocked at 1.3 GHz.

It is said that both the Exynos 5422 and 5260 support high-resolution displays including Quad HD 2560×1440 and the QWXGA 2560×1600 while Exynos 5422 also supports 4K video recording. In terms of availability, the Exynos 5 Hexa 5260 is said to be already in production having the Exynos 5422 at the point of entering it this quarter.

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Rumor: Nexus 6 To Feature 64-bit 8-core Processor

Whether or not it is true, rumors still remain and they point to the next (Google) Nexus 6 handset having a high-end 64-bit Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset. It is still too early to make presumptions at this time, though Digitimes cites an article from China’s Economic Daily News.

Reports say that Qualcomm is planning to launch its high-end Snapdragon 810 with a 64-bit architecture somewhere in the second half this year, boasting eight cores and said to run on an ARM big.LITTLE configuration which boosts its speeds and battery performance simultaneously.

Making a quick recap of what was specs were released for the Snapdragon 810, it is said to have four cores made out of ARM Cortex-A57 CPUs and the remaining being made out of ARM Cortex-A53 CPUs. All of them combined powering a Nexus handset, not to mention the upcoming Nexus 6, would definitely be something worth seeing.

However, take the information with a grain of salt since the Nexus 6 handset is bound to be released at the end of 2014, somewhere in early Q4 at the very least. New rumors are bound to change and make this recent rumor redundant, or could add up and consolidate it into something concrete. Time will tell.

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MediaTek 64-bit LTE-enabled Quad-Core MT6732 Announced

MediaTek has revealed one of two 64-bit LET chipsets at MWC for smartphones, it being the Quad-Core MT6732, Qualcomm’s 64-bit Snapdragon 410 competition on the mid-ranged market.

The CPU features four 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 CPU cores, a highly advanced 16-core Mali-T760 GPU, a multi-mode 4G LTE modem, and an imaging chip, having test showing performance results higher than a A9 core while cutting down on power cost.

Looking at the T-760 GPU, it is claimed to have a 400% energy efficiency increase than previous Mali-T604 chips, in addition to having OpenGL ES 3.0, OpenCL 1.2, and being Direct3D 11.1-compliant. The power saving technologies consist of ARM Frame Buffer Compression and Smart Composition, both optimized for data transfer, cutting power costs by up to 50% each in the process.

When talking about the 4G LTE connectivity, we can say that it has Category 4 speeds with 150 MB/s downstream and 50 MB/s upstream, while 3G/DC-HSPA+ networks have their seed set at 42 MB/s downstream and 11 MB/s upstream. There is also TD-SCDMA working as legacy 2G/3G networks, having the Dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth as the ‘cherry on top’ in terms of connectivity.

The MediaTek MT6732 is said to support low-power 1080p, 30fps video playback for media encoded with H.265 and legacy H.264 codecs, while offering 1080p, 30fps H.264 video playback and recording. it also features an integrated 13MP camera image processor with support for “picture-in-picture”, “video-in-video”, and, *gulp*, Video Face Beautifier, packed together with the company’s proprietary ClearMotion and MiraVision algorithms for jitter reduction, smooth playback, and “DTV-grade” picture quality.

While everything sounds fine and dandy, MediaTek will not start producing the chipset anytime soon, having it planned to start at the end of this year. Besides, no information about the second 64-bit Octa-Core MT6752 has been released just yet as well.

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Qualcomm Octa-Core 64-Bit SoC Rumored To Be In The Works, Should We Expect 4K Too?

Earlier reports point to Qualcomm wanting to see 4K capable handsets this year, and they went on working on them no matter what. They also mentioned that this they would also release the first 64-bit capable processors. But recent news tends to combine them all, having Qualcomm now rumored to be working on an Octa-Core processor.

The new SoC is said to feature eight Krait64 general-purpose cores designed in-house at Qualcomm, and would be compatible with ARMv8 architecture with up to 4MB of cache and a 2.5GHz clock speed. Adreno 430 graphics (up from the 330 series) with a 500MHz frequency is also expected to be present in the SoC, along with LPDDR3/LPDDR4 memory controller and various special purpose hardware/accelerators. But does the new specs also include 4K? We have been hearing a lot of news, rumors and official, about what Qualcomm wants to bring this year. Yet it is not clear upon what to expect as a final deliverable.

The SoC should be manufactured on the 20nm architecture and it is possible to arrive as the Snapdragon 810 series in two models. The MSM8994 which is said to be integrated with baseband, and the APQ8094 which is said to require the external telecom chip. However, more information from Qualcomm should shed some light on this SoC in the near future.

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Octa-Core Exynos-based Chromebook To Be Released In 2014 By Samsung

Samsung Electronics is said to release a Chromebook equipped with its Exynos 5 Octa 5420 next year, according to an article from Business Korea. It is a successor to the Exynos 5250 Chromebook that hit the market last year.

The report states that the Exynos 5 Octo 5420 is an application processor based on “big.LITTLE” technology and has four low-power Cortex A7 at 1.3 GHz cores and four high-performance Cortex A15 at 1.8 GHz cores, having a built-in Mali-T628 graphics chip. The new Chromebook is likely to have an improved resolution of 2560×1600 with 3 GB RAM, a storage capacity of between 16GB and 32GB, and a screen of 12 inches or less. Also, it is predicted to support USB 3.0, have a built-in battery lasting for at least seven hours, and weigh slightly over 1 kg.

The chromebook is expected to be priced at between $250-300. However, the company said that they are not planning to unveil laptops at CES 2014, meaning that they are planning to unveil the Exunos 5 Octo 5420 later on this year.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1-2014 Edition To Be Released In The U.K. Next Week

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1-2014 edition is deemed a remarkable tablet. We’ve already seen this beast launch in the U.S. having a resolution of 2560 x 1600 and a pixel density right of about 300ppi mark. Not only is 300 a perfect eye-candy effect, but as far as tablets go, it is the highest pixel density of all tablets in this class for 2013. Powered by the Samsung Exynos 5420 octa-core processor and offering 3GB of RAM, this is not a slate for the meek.

What brings our thoughts to the device is not the S Pen capabilities, although it easily could have been, but actually is a picture of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1-2014 edition relaxing at a Currys/PC World display in the U.K. Even though the tablet is out on the floor for customers to test it out, it won’t be sold until next week. That’s the way to get those drool ducts functioning. The store is asking £499.99 ($808 USD) for the 16GB storage variant with Wi-Fi connectivity. For its part, U.K. retailer Clove has the tablet priced at £479.99 ($776 USD).

Eagle-eyed readers might notice that the display lists the tablet as having a quad-core processor, but as we mentioned before, the octa-core Samsung Exynos 5240 is under the hood. We could argue all day whether or not this is really an octa-core processor, but until Samsung starts adding the Heterogeneous Multi-Processing solution which allows all eight cores to be active simultaneously, the processor is still hindered by the big.LITTLE architecture.

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