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Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 632, 439 & 429 Mobile Platforms



Affordable smartphones are getting more and more popular. In the rat race of smartphones, the overall value for money against the offerings matter most these days to users which gave rise to some of the very popular affordable phones and even flagships. Qualcomm’s 600 series or more specifically the Snapdragon 625 is one of the best examples of a chipset that is being used on most affordable phones which offer performance and excellent efficiency.

However, the 400 Series chipsets from Qualcomm are the most common and popular. As the trend is going in the right direction as more and more affordable phones are coming to market, Qualcomm has today announced the new Snapdragon 632, Snapdragon 439 and Snapdragon 429 system-on-chips.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 has Kryo 250 semi-custom cores where four Cortex-A73 cores are clocked up to 1.8GHz, and four efficiency cores are based on Cortex-A53 clocked up to the same speed at 1.8GHz. It is manufactured using the FinFET 14nm process to make it balanced for performance and power efficiency. Qualcomm said that the Snapdragon 632 will provide 40% higher CPU performance, compared to the Snapdragon 626.

This new chipset features the Adreno 506 which is said to offer 10% improved graphics performance over the same Adreno 506 in the Snapdragon 626. Other neat benefits include a Hexagon 546 DSP and support for various ML frameworks (Caffe/2, TensorFlow/Lite, ONNX) as well as Android NN and the Qualcomm Neural Processing SDK, which will help the mid-range phones offer AI capabilities with on-device AI in apps.

The Snapdragon 629 also comes with X9 LTE modem for Cat13 speeds of 300Mbps DL and 150Mbps UL and finally. These Snapdragon 629 will also support FHD+ displays and in terms of camera, either a single 24MP single or 13MP+13MP dual camera setup can be provided on a phone having the chipset. One downside of Snapdragon 632 is that it does support Qualcomm QuickCharge 4.0.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 & 429 bring a performance improvement of up to 25% when compared to the Snapdragon 430 & 425 respectively. While the Snapdragon 632 is built on the 14nm FinFET process, these two are built on the 12nm FinFET process for better power efficiency. The 439 brings 8 Cortex A53 cores in two clusters where four performance cores are clocked at 1.95GHz and the power efficiency cores are clocked at 1.45GHz. However, the Snapdragon 429 features only four A53 cores clocked at 1.95GHz.

These chips also feature the Adreno 505 and 504 GPUs respectively and as per Qualcomm, they offer performance boosts of up to 20% and 50% over the Adreno 505 and Adreno 308 of the Snapdragon 430 and 425 respectively. The Snapdragon 439 supports FHD+ display just like the 632, while the 429 will support the HD+ display. Both chipsets feature the X6 LTE modem for 150Mbps DL and 75 Mbps UL (Cat 4 & 5).

In terms of camera support, the 439 supports 21MP single camera or dual 8MP camera setup, while the 429 goes up to 16MP or dual 8MP camera setup. Just like the Snapdragon 632, they feature the Hexagon 536 DSP and support various ML frameworks (Caffe/2, TensorFlow/Lite, ONNX) as well as Android NN and the Qualcomm Neural Processing SDK. These chipsets will also offer 1080p video recording at 30fps and Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0 for cutting down the charging time.

As of now, on paper, the Snapdragon 632, 439 and 429 looks quite promising in terms of on-device AI capabilities and it’s good to see the newly announced 400 Series chipsets will also support Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0 which may make some users happy when they buy a phone in future, that would support fast charging. However, only the real life tests will let us know how well these chipsets will perform on phones and how well the AI-capabilities can be handled by these chipsets.



Vivo introduces their Sub-brand iQOO!



Following the footsteps of Chinese brands like Xiaomi, Huawei, ZTE and OPPO, Vivo today unveiled the new sub-brand iQOO in its home-market. The company is yet to release more details of the sub-brand, but like other smartphone brands it could be targeting one specific consumer or price segment. Though sub-brands are common industry, it is seen only on a few smartphone brands. Most customers don’t even realise the two particular brands have the same parent company.

Vivo announced its sub-brand iQOO via a new profile on Chinese networking site Weibo and will join the likes of Honor by Huawei, Poco and Redmi by Xiaomi, Realme by OPPO, Nubia by ZTE and Zuk by Lenovo. The teaser didn’t have much information apart from giving a futuristic feel.

It is speculated that Vivo created iQOO to focus only on the 5G and other flagship handsets that are priced around CNY 5,000 (Rs 53,000 approx). Or it could be a gaming brand considering the rising popularity and increasing fan base. It will be clear after Vivo provides us with more details.

The new sub-brand’s website is up, but it only have some information about the company and nothing about its latest development. The company recently unveiled a new brand identity of its main brand with a new slightly tweaked logo and revamped ‘Vivo Blue’ color. Senior Vice President of Vivo Spark Ni says

Vivo has evolved from a follower to a leader in the tech and lifestyle industry. Through the new branding, we hope to redefine the brand’s positioning in technology and innovation and express our brand vision of ‘enjoying the extraordinary’ with young consumers around the world through Vivo’s unique visuals and creative spirit.

We expect Vivo to release the details of its new sub-brand iQOO soon. The first wave of smartphone may be showcased at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 event.

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Xiaomi patents a True Bezel-less Phone with 4 Side Edge Display!



Xiaomi is driven by its bold innovative culture and has rolled out a number of groundbreaking technologies in the past that made debut in its latest flagship smartphone series. Now, the Chinese manufacturer has patented a smartphone design on the Global Design Database of the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) as first reported by LetsGoDigital.

The new patent describes a full-screen smartphone without bezels that customers have been wishing for a long time. Many manufacturers have achieved nearly no-bezel design with the cut-out hole notch, but we are yet to see a smartphone that is 100% bezel-free. The smartphone exactly does that and comes with rounded edges.

Smartphones with dual edge curved displays are common as found on Samsung Galaxy models. Xiaomi used the double curved edge design on the Mi Note 2 back in 2016. But, this design seem to completely different and all the four edges are curved both on the display and rear end. The design enables the device to utilise a bezel-less form and eliminating the need for a slider.

Interestingly, there are no buttons on the side which means it could go for the same concept as Meizu Zero that uses pressure sensitive volume and power button. There is a horizontally placed dual camera setup at the rear placed at the top left but no selfie camera. It is unclear how the smartphone will include the selfie camera on the display without any notch or bezels. There is no visible fingerprint sensor which mkkeans it will incorporate an in-display fingerprint sensor. It has a USB-Type C port for charging.

The unnamed Xiaomi smartphone is currently just a concept and may take some time to reach to the market. However, it may make an appearance at the Xiaomi annual product launch event. Last year, the event was held on May where the Mi 8, Mi 8 SE and MIUI 10 made their first appearance.


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Microsoft prepares to End support for Windows 10 Mobile this Year




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When Nokia launched the Lumia range of smartphones running on the Windows operating system years ago, they made quiet a wave. Later, Microsoft took over and continued the production of the Lumia from Nokia. The Lumia range of smartphones did find a lot of buyers and had some of the finest smartphones of the time.

But, Microsoft couldn’t keep up with the Android and iOS trends and eventually died out. Now reports states that Microsoft is preparing to end support for the Windows 10 Mobile by the end of this year.

Microsoft has asked the users of Windows 10 mobiles to switch to an Android or iOS device as it announced the end of support for Windows 10 Mobile. The news doesn’t come as a surprise as Joe Belfiore, Corporate Vice President of Windows 10, had made clear that they wont be focusing on new features or hardware for Windows 10 Mobile back in 2017.

In an “End of Support” page, the tech giant told users that Windows 10 Mobile will stop receiving new security updates after December 10. While the news was expected, it comes as a blow as several peoples are still using the windows mobile across the world, owing to its build quality and performance.

“With the Windows 10 Mobile OS end of support, we recommend that customers move to a supported Android or iOS device. Microsoft’s mission statement to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, compels us to support our Mobile apps on those platforms and devices,” the company wrote in the support page late on Friday.

The New York City Police Department (NYPD) scrapped as many as 36,000 windows mobiles used by the law enforcers back in 2017 after Microsoft acknowledged that it’s support will be ending. In an other statement, Microsoft also made clear that their Virtual Assistant Cortana is no longer in direct competition with Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa.

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