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Qualcomm Unveils Snapdragon 210 LTE SoC for Entry-Level Smartphones

September 15th, 2014 No comments

Android smartphones with LTE connectivity are now available for a little over $100, for example with LANDVO L200G powered by Mediatek MT6582 with an external MT6290 LTE modem, but prices may soon even get lower, as Qualcomm has now unveiled their latest Snapdragon 210 processor with integrated LTE modem to bring sub $100 LTE smartphones to market in 2015.

Snapdragon_210For once, they’ve even provided detailed technical specifications for their new mobile application processor:

  • Processor – Quad ARM Cortex A7 up to 1.1GHz
  • GPU – Adreno 304 GPU with OpenGL ES 3.0, OpenCL, DirectX, content security, and decreased power consumption
  • DSP – QDSP6 DSP
  • Memory/Storage – LPDDR2/LPDDR3@533MHz, eMMC 4.5, and SD 3.0 (UHS-I)
  • Display – Up to 720p, with external displays supported
  • Modem
    • Integrated 4G LTE-Advanced World Mode, supporting LTE FDD, LTE TDD, WCDMA (3C-HSDPA, DC-HSUPA), CDMA1x, EV-DO Rev. B, TD-SCDMA and GSM/EDGE
    • 4G LTE CAT4 speeds of up to 150 Mbps with 2×10 MHz Carrier Aggregation
    • Qualcomm RF360, LTE-Broadcast and LTE multimode dual-SIM
  • RF – Second Gen RF and Qualcomm RF360 front end solution and 3rd generation 28nm RF Transceiver for world mode bands, lower power and PCB & BOM reduction
  • Video – 1080p@30fps, FHD Native HEVC playback, HD H.264 capture
  • Qualcomm Audio – Fluence HD with Noise Cancellation, and SVA (Snapdragon Voice Activation).
  • Camera – Single ISPs can support 320MP/sec throughput and image sensors up to 8MP
  • Connectivity – 802.11n (2.4GHz), BT4.1 + BLE, Qualcomm IZat location technology Gen8C, USB 2.0
  • Power Management – Quick Charge 2.0 Support
  • Security – Snapdragon StudioAccess, Trustzone, and SecureMSM

The company will also provide a reference design based on Snapdragon 210 for developers. If you don’t need LTE, a 3G-only version called Snapdragon 208 with a dual core processor, and support for qHD (960 x 540) displays, will be launched around the same time, and should find their ways into in devices in Q1 2015.

Further details may be available on Snapdragon 210 and Snapdragon 208 pages on Qualcomm website.

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Samsung Unveils Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge with Curved Display

September 4th, 2014 1 comment

IFA 2014 tradeshow is just starting today, and will last until the 9th of September, but several companies have made announcements just before the show. One of them is Samsung which announced Gear VR virtual reality kit, Tizen based Gear S smartwatch, as well as two new smarthones, Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge, which will be the subject of this post.

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

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Samsung Edge Note (Front), and Samsung Note 4 (Back)

Galaxy Note Edge is much different from most other phones thanks to its curved display on one side of the phone. Other specifications:

  • SoC – Qualcomm Snapdragon S805 quad core Krait 400 processor @ 2.7 GHz with Adreno 420 GPU
  • System Memory – 3GB RAM
  • Storage – 32 or 64 GB internal memory + micro SD slot (up to 64GB)
  • Display – 5.6″ Quad HD+ Super AMOLED (2560 x 1440 + 160)
  • Cellular Networking:
    • 2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE): 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
    • 3G (HSPA+ 42Mbps): 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
    • 4G (LTE Cat 4 150/50Mbps) or 4G (LTE Cat 6 300/50Mbps)
  • Connectivity
    • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (HT80) MIMO PCIe
    • Bluetooth 4.1 (BLE, ANT+)
    • GPS / GLONASS / Baidou
    • NFC
  • USB – micro USB 2.0 with MHL 3.0 support (HDMI output)
  • Camera – 16MP rear facing camera with auto focus and Smart OIS, 3.7MP front facing camera
  • Video Codec – H.264, MPEG-4, H.263, VC-1, WMV7, WMV8, Sorenson Spark, MP43, VP8, Recording & Playback: up to UHD
  • Audio Codec – MP3, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, AMR-NB/WB, Vorbis, and FLAC with ~192KHz, 24 bit support
  • Sensors – Gesture, Accelerometer, Geo-magnetic, Gyroscope, RGB, IR-LED Proximity, Barometer, Hall Sensor, Finger Scanner, UV, Heart Rate Monitoring, SpO2 (Dependent on market)
  • Misc – IR LED for remote control feature
  • Battery – 3,000 mAh Li-ion battery, support for adaptive fast charging and QC 2.0
  • Dimensions – 151.3 x 82.4 x 8.3mm
  • Weight – 174 grams.

The phone will run Android 4.4 (KitKat), come with Samsung “S Pen”. The 160 pixel edge screen provides access to “Revolving Interaction, Immersive apps (Camera, Video, S Note), Ticker board, Express me, Quick Tools, Night Clock, etc..”. Other innovations include support for multiple windows, a front camera providing 90 to 120 degree shooting angle,  faster charging via Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0, multiple microphones allowing for better noise cancellation, a voice recorder offering eight different directional voice tagging and a selective playback capability that allows users to isolate and listen to specific voices in a group conversation. Samsung also claims it’s the first time a UV sensor has been integrated into a mobile device.

You may want to watch the video below to better understand what’s possible with the curved display, for example having video control keys, while playing a video.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Samsung Edge Note (Front), and Samsung Note 4 (Back)

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Let’s compare Note Edge to Samsung Galaxy Note 4:

  • SoC (depends on market)
  • System Memory – 3GB RAM
  • Storage – 32 GB internal memory + micro SD slot (up to 64GB)
  • Display – 5.7″ Quad HD Super AMOLED (2560 x 1440)
  • Cellular Networking:
    • 2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE): 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
    • 3G (HSPA+ 42Mbps): 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
    • 4G (LTE Cat 4 150/50Mbps) or 4G (LTE Cat 6 300/50Mbps)
  • Connectivity
    • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (HT80) MIMO PCIe
    • Bluetooth 4.1 (BLE, ANT+)
    • GPS / GLONASS / Baidou
    • NFC
  • USB – micro USB 2.0 with MHL 3.0 support (HDMI output)
  • Camera – 16MP rear facing camera with auto focus and Smart OIS, 3.7MP front facing camera
  • Video Codec – H.264, MPEG-4, H.263, VC-1, WMV7, WMV8, Sorenson Spark, MP43, VP8, Recording & Playback: up to UHD
  • Audio Codec – MP3, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, AMR-NB/WB, Vorbis, and FLAC with ~192KHz, 24 bit support
  • Sensors – Gesture, Accelerometer, Geo-magnetic, Gyroscope, RGB, IR-LED Proximity, Barometer, Hall Sensor, Finger Scanner, UV, Heart Rate Monitoring, SpO2 (Dependent on market)
  • Misc – IR LED for remote control feature
  • Battery – 3,200 mAh Li-ion battery, support for adaptive fast charging and QC 2.0
  • Dimensions – 153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm
  • Weight – 176 grams.

The specs are very similar. Beside the obvious difference with displays, Note 4 will be sold with different SoCs depending on the market, and it comes with a slightly larger 3,200 mAh battery. The rest of the features, including innovations, listed for the Note Edge appears to be the same.

The Galaxy Note 4 will be available in worldwide starting in October, and the Galaxy Note Edge will be available select markets. Pricing have not been disclosed for either phones.

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HTC Desire 510 Smartphone Could Be the First 64-Bit ARM Android Device

September 3rd, 2014 3 comments

We’ve had 64-bit ARM servers for a few months, but the first consumer grade 64-bit ARM products should be smartphones, starting with HTC Desire 510. This entry-level / mid-range phone will feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 ARM Cortex A53 processor with 1GB RAM, 8GB storage, and a 4.7″ display with 854 x 480 resolution.

HTC_Desire_510HTC Desire 510 technical specifications:

  • SoC – Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad core ARM Cortex A53 processor @ 1.2Ghz with Adreno 306 GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB RAM
  • Storage – 8GB + micro SD slot (up to 128GB)
  • Display – 4.7″ FWVGA display (854×480)
  • Cellular Networks
    • 2G/2.5G – GSM/GPRS/EDGE – 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
    • 3G/3.5G – WCDMA – 850/900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 42 Mbps
    • 4G – LTE – B3/B7/B20
    • micro SIM
  • Connectivity – 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS + GLONASS
  • Camera – 5MP rear camera, 0.3MP front camera
  • USB – micro USB 2.0 port
  • Sensor – Accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor
  • Battery – 2,100 mAh Li-Ion battery. Talk time (3G): 17 hours. Standby time (3G): Up to 646 hours.
  • Dimensions – 139.9 x 69.8 x 9.99 mm
  • Weight – 158 grams

HTC Desire 510 runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat with HTC Sense software including BlinkFeed and support for HTC’s Dot View case. I’m not even sure it’s running a 64-bit version of Android 4.4 (is there one?), so it will hopefully be upgrade to Android L in due time.

There’s currently no information about price, but it should be available soon. Other upcoming phones based on Snapdron 410 64-bit processor include Huawei G621, Lenovo A805e, and Samsung Galaxy Mega 2. Devices is more powerful ARM Cortex A57 cores should be available in 2015.

Via Liliputing

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$33 Intex Cloud Fx Firefox OS Smartphone Coming to India

August 26th, 2014 4 comments

Mozilla promised $25 smartphones running Firefox OS based on a Spreadtrum Cortex A5 application processor earlier this year, mostly for emerging markets. Thanks to Intex Cloud Fx smartphone selling for 1,999 Rs ($33) in India, we’re almost there.

Intex_Firefox_OS_SmartphoneIntex Cloud Fx specifications:

  • SoC - Spreadtrum SC6821 @ 1.0 GHz
  • System Memory – 128MB RAM
  • Storage – 256MB, expandable up to 4GB via external memory.
  • Display – 3.5” HVGA (480 x 320) touchscreen display
  • Cellular Network – GSM:900/1800MHz. GPRS/EDGE. Dual SIM support.
  • Connectivity – WiFi, Bluetooth, and FM radio
  • Audio – Loudspeaker, 3.5mm headphone jack.
  • Camera – 2MP rear camera
  • USB – Yes (micro SD port?)
  • Battery – 1250mAh lithium-ion battery (4 hours of talk time, 200 hours standby)
  • Dimensions – 115.9 x 62 x 11.8mm
  • Weight – 104 grams

The phone is said to come pre-loaded with Facebook and Twitter apps, some games, Whatsapp is supported via third party app/service, and it can handle English,Hindi,and Tamil languages. The phone comes  with earphones, the battery, a travel charger, a data cable, a user’s manual, and a warranty card. The memory and storage will certainly limit what you can do, but this smartphone is priced like a feature phone, so certainly looks value for money.

If you are based in India, you can get it from Snapdeal.com for 1,999 Rs with free delivery. I usually mention the device should eventually show up on Aliexpress, but this smartphone appears to be manufactured in India by Intex. The company plans to sell 500,000 unit this year alone.

Via Liliputing and The Indian Express.

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Samsung Announces Exynos 5430 SoC, Manufactured with 20nm Process

August 14th, 2014 4 comments

Samsung already have a few octa-core big.LITTLE SoCs part of Exynos 5 Octa family with Exynos 5410, Exynos 5420, and Exynos 5422/5800, all based on 28nm process. The company has just announced a new Exynos 5 Octa processors with Exynos 5430, but this time manufactured using 20nm High-K Metal Gate (HKMG) process technology providing 25% less power consumption compared to 28nm Exynos SoCs.

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Exynos 5430 SoC will feature four ARM Cortex A15 cores at 1.8 GHz, four Cortex A7 cores at 1.3 GHz, supports WQHD (2560×1440) and WQXGA (2560 x 1600) displays using hibernation display and Mobile Image compression (MIC) in order to lower power consumption. It also said to support HDMI, come with a Multi Format Codec (MFC) supporting HEVC/H.265 decoding, as well as an enhanced dual ISP, and up to 17GB/s of memory bandwidth. That’s about all the information I could get at this point. The CPU core frequencies are lower than Exynos 5422, but the maximum memory bandwidth appears to be higher (17GB/s vs 14.9GB/s), and of course the power consumption is significantly lower. It will also be found in the recently announced Galaxy Alpha smartphone.

More details should eventually surface on Samsung Exynos 5430 page.

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Orvibo Wiwo S20 Wi-Fi Smart Socket Features US, EU, UK, or AU Plug Types

July 31st, 2014 16 comments

I’ve previously covered several Chinese Wi-Fi smart sockets including Broadlink SP2 also supporting power monitoring, and Kankun KK-SP3, a cheaper, more basic version that can only be turned on and off manually or via timers, and which runs OpenWRT. These plugs have one thing in common: they only come with Australian/Chinese plugs, so if you want to use them in Europe, the US, or United Kingdom, you’ll need an adapter, which may not the the safest things to do, and it’s also inconvenient. Orvibo Wiwo S20 is another model that appears to have the capabilities and a price similar to Broadlink SP2, but available in four flavors with US, EU, UK, and AU plug types.

Orvibo_Wiwo-S20_Multi_Countries_PlugsOrvibo Wiwo S20 is made of fireproof ABS, and is significantly smaller than Broadlink SP2, but the rest of the specifications are very similar:

  • Material – ABC 94V-0 (fireproof)
  • Wi-Fi
    • 802.11 b/g/n
    • Security – WEP, WPA-PSK or WPA2-PSK
  • Power Plug – US, Europe, United Kingdom or Australia plug
  • Output Current – 10A
  • Output Power – 2000W max.
  • Voltage Range – 100-240V AC
  • Power Consumption – ≤0.3W
  • Dimensions – 10.3 cm x 6.3 cm x 3.7 cm
  • Temperature Range – -20 C to 60 C
  • Relative Humidity – ≤80%
  • Weight – 110 grams

This smart socket comes with a user’s manual in English. The  “WiWo” app to connect to your Wi-Fi router, control the device, set timers, scenes, etc.. is available for Android and iOS 5.0+. However, I can’t see any screenshots related to power monitoring, and after installing the Android app, I can’t find any instructions about it either. So “power indicator for your energy tracking” must be there is a LED showing if the device is in use or not… You can control up to 150 socket with your smartphone, and up to 20 mobile devices can control one socket…

I initially found out about the socket via GeekBuying, where it can be purchased for $38.99, and you can select the different plug type by changing the “color”. I could also find it on Aliexpress, where Orvibo has setup their own shop, and sell the devices for about $30 excluding shipping. You can also checkout Orvibo website for more details (I need a proxy to access the site).

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ARM and Qualcomm Release a New Guide About 32-bit to 64-bit SoCs

July 30th, 2014 1 comment

ARM and Qualcomm have been pretty successful with ARMv7 SoCs in the mobile space in recent years, and while 32-bit ARM (Aarch32) processors certainly have a few more years, both companies are now moving to 64-bit ARM (Aarch64 / ARMv8), and they released a document showing what has been achieved with ARMv7, the differences between ARMv7 and ARMv8, and new capabilities that will be attainable with 64-bit processing.

Aarch32 vs Aarch64

Aarch32 vs Aarch64

The document covers the following:

ARM vs x86 vs Architecture Indepent Code for 100 Top Apps in Google Play (US)

ARM vs x86 vs Architecture Independent Code for 100 Top Apps in Google Play (US)

  • Introduction
  • ARM Business Model
  • The Mobile Computing Revolution (Tablets replacing Laptops)
  • Android on ARMv7-A and ARMv8-A
  • ARMv8-A Architecture
  • Backward Compatibility to ARMv7-A
  • ARM Cortex A-53 and Cortex-A57
  • ARM big.LITTLE Technology
  • The Transition to the ARMv8-A Architecture (Fast Models, Tools, Linaro…)
  • Qualcomm Technologies: Transitioning to 64-Bit with Integrated Mobile Design
  • Custom and ARM Designed Processors: The Right Technology to Any Market
  • Multiple Foundries, Flexible Production
  • Flexible design practices in action (Performance, price point, development time. Snapdragon 410 vs 610 vs 810)
  • Conclusion

Both companies clearly promote their respective products via this document, but there are lots of interesting details such as Intel vs ARM optimized apps in Google Play, perfomance of A57 vs A15, A53 vs A7, side-by-side comparison between 32-bit and 64-bit ARM architectures, and so on. If you want to get the details, you can download the 20-page presentation entitled “ARM and Qualcomm- Enabling the Next Mobile Computing Revolution with Highly Integrated ARMv8-A based SoCs“.

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