Qualcomm Unveils Snapdragon 636, Conducts First 5G Test on Mobile

Qualcomm Unveils Snapdragon 636, Conducts First 5G Test on Mobile

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Qualcomm said it has achieved a 5G data connection on a 5G modem
  • The company also unveiled Snapdragon 636 mid-tier SoC
  • Qualcomm also announced 5G smartphone reference design

Qualcomm said on Tuesday that it had achieved a 5G data connection on a 5G modem chipset for mobile devices, further demonstrating its capabilities as phone makers and network operators work on solutions for 5G networks. On the sidelines, Qualcomm also previewed its first 5G smartphone reference design for testing and optimisation of 5G technology. The company also announced the Snapdragon 636.

The chipmaker beamed a 5G data connection on Snapdragon X50 5G modem, the chipset it unveiled last year. The X50 delivered gigabit speeds and a data connection in the 28GHz mmWave radio frequency band. “This major milestone and our 5G smartphone reference design showcase how Qualcomm Technologies is driving 5G NR in mobile devices to enhance mobile broadband experiences for consumers around the world,” said Cristiano Amon, Executive Vice President, Qualcomm Technologies and President, QCT.

“The ability to progress from a product announcement to functional silicon in twelve months speaks to Qualcomm Technologies’ generational cellular technology leadership – now extending to 5G,” the company said in a press release.

Qualcomm says it demonstrated 5G data connection at its laboratories in San Diego. The company also boasted of its SDR051 mmWave RF transceiver integrated circuit (IC), which was key to the success of the demonstration. The Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem family is expected to show up in 5G smartphones and networks in the first half of2019.

On the sidelines, Qualcomm also unveiled the Snapdragon 636. New addition to the company’s mid-range lineup, Snapdragon 636 SoC brings support for FHD+ (full HD+, 1080×2160 pixels) display. The arrival of Snapdragon 636 is expected to trickle down the near-bezel less and tall displays to mid-range smartphones. The Snapdragon 636 also supports Assertive Display, the company said.

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LG G6 Will Use Snapdragon 821 SoC to Get Advantage Over Samsung Galaxy S8: Report

LG G6 Will Use Snapdragon 821 SoC to Get Advantage Over Samsung Galaxy S8: Report
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LG G6 is expected to sport Snapdragon 821 SoC
Thanks to Snapdragon 821 SoC, the G6 to get head start over Galaxy S8
LG G6 expected to be unveiled at the company’s February 26 event
LG’s next flagship smartphone, the G6, has been rumoured for few weeks now to sport the Snapdragon 821 processor instead of the latest Snapdragon 835. A new report has corroborated to the earlier leak and adds that this will mean that the LG G6 will have a head start compared to the Galaxy S8 availability in the market.

SemiAccurate has shared a screenshot of presentation showcased during a limited media event by LG at the CES 2017. The leaked presentation screenshot indeed confirms the presence of Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor in the LG G6. Some of the other details tipped by the leaked screenshot include a water and dust resistant body, a rear fingerprint scanner, and a 5.7-inch QHD display. The leaked screenshot clearly shows the “LG confidential” tagline on top of the presentation slide.

The new report also throws light on the fact that LG’s G6 flagship will be getting a comprehensive headstart when compared to the Samsung Galaxy S8. It adds that if LG had gone with the Snapdragon 835 SoC instead, it wouldn’t be able to release the G6 before late-May or early-June. The report also reiterates Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 835 SoC is built on the 10nm FinFET fabrication process by Samsung and this means that the South Korean company may use major share of the SoC for itself.
SemiAccurate claims that LG’s flagship will see the launch event in late February while the “volume launch worldwide in March sometime” which will give the G6 a good gap of at least over a month when compared to Samsung’s Galaxy S8. According to previous leaks, the Galaxy S8 is rumoured to go on sale in South Korea first only by late April.

Several leaks have pointed that the LG G6 will sport metal design which will be a departure from the company’s current plastic body in the LG G5, which sports a modular design. LG is also rumoured to run additional safety tests on the G6 ahead of its actual launch. Some of the highlights of the handset are said to be the first non-Pixel smartphone to come preloaded with Google Assistant out-of-the-box; dual-rear camera setup, and waterproofing capability with IP68 certification.

LG’s G6 flagship smartphone will be unveiled at the company’s February 26 event which will begin at 4.30pm IST (12.00pm CET).

Tags: MWC, MWC 2017, LG, LG Mobiles, LG G6, LG G6 Specifications

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New rumor suggests Snapdragon 835 SoC and 6GB RAM for LG V30

While the upcoming LG G6 might miss on the Snapdragon 835 SoC (thanks to Samsung), the successor to LG’s V20 smartphone may well be powered by that chipset. The information comes courtesy of a new rumor out of China.

As for availability, the rumor reveals H2 2017 time-frame. No details related to pricing were revealed. Earlier rumors had suggested the V30 won’t have a secondary display – it’s being said that the ticker will be replaced with something even better.

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In addition, the rumor suggests that the V30 will have 6GB RAM, feature a dual camera setup on both back as well as front, and will come with a better DAC compared to the V20. It also says the phone will have “more mysterious features,” although no details were provided on them.

OnePlus 3 Production Reportedly Halted to Make Way for New Snapdragon 821-Based Variant

OnePlus 3 Production Reportedly Halted to Make Way for New Snapdragon 821-Based VariantOnePlus 3 Production Reportedly Halted to Make Way for New Snapdragon 821-Based Variant
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New OnePlus 3 variant may feature Snapdragon 821 SoC
It may come with LCD panels instead of Amoled panels
The OnePlus 3 was launched in India at Rs. 27,999
OnePlus may soon halt production of its OnePlus 3 smartphone to make way for a new variant, as per industry sources, and it may be called the OnePlus 3s or OnePlus 3 Plus. The Chinese company is said to be working on a refreshed version of the OnePlus 3 which will come with the upgraded Snapdragon 821 processor. The existing OnePlus 3 models feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 820.

Another major change expected on the alleged new OnePlus 3 variant is in terms of the display. The new variants may sport LCD panels instead of Amoled panels, according to industry sources cited by GizmoChina. One of the reasons to opt for LCD panel is said to be the shortage of Amoled panels. The report speculates that the new variant may be called OnePlus 3s or OnePlus 3 Plus.
Notably, the official Twitter handle of OnePlus India is teasing a possible launch. The tweet shared by OnePlus India read, “What do you think OnePlus is up to? All shall be revealed soon” with some of the options included for Twitter users to choose from including new smartphone colour variant, new product unveiling, new shopping experience, or new software experience. We expect that OnePlus may be gearing for all the above listed options and may showcase a new smartphone with a new colour option, updated software and new purchasing options. At the moment, it’s unclear whether the company is planning to launch a new variant of its highly appreciated OnePlus 3 smartphone. But we may soon hear more about the plans soon.

OnePlus CEO Pete Lau recently dropped a hint that Android 7.0 Nougat update may soon start rolling out to the OnePlus 3 smartphone. To refresh, the OnePlus 3 was launched in India back in June at a price of Rs. 27,999.

Tags: Mobiles, OnePlus, OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3s, OnePlus 3 Plus

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