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Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 632, 439 & 429 Mobile Platforms

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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.

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Xiaomi, Oppo & Vivo joins hands to develop Fast File Sharing Service

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Chinese smartphone giants have come together to develop a service that will let users transfer files, without installing any other apps or signing up for any services. Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo have officially announced a new cross-brand direct file transfer alliance today. Smartphones mace by these three brands would soon be able to transfer files at a speed of up to 20 MBps without any third-party app. This is a step that may turn out to be a nice way to provide a seamless experience like AirDrop on Apple devices. Color OS, Funtouch OS and MIUI announced the same on their Weibo accounts as well.

File sharing between Android phones is a mess. Android users had the ability to use Wi-Fi Direct to share files. With a similar approach, developers brought apps like Xender, ShareIt. But those apps were soon flooded with ads and annoying notifications. Xiaomi joined the league later with Mi Drop, an ad-free app that users can download for free and transfer files easily. Recently, the app was renamed to ShareMe. Google also brought File Go, a file manager which also lets users transfer files between phones. However, the problem isn’t solved. As Xender has established itself as one of the most popular file-sharing apps, most people use it. As of now, there are no apps that support file sharing between phones that have different apps installed. So, to address the issue and solve a big problem like this.

Due to the lack of a native file sharing service on Stock Android as well as due to the fact that brand modifies Android as per their wish, there weren’t such service available to consumers. However, this alliance will make it a bit easier for Android phone users to transfer files. The service will let users transfer files in multiple file formats such as photos, videos, songs, documents, etc.

This alliance makes so much sense right now because these three brands, i.e. Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi collectively hold 50% of the smartphone market share in China. Also, we may see OnePlus joining the alliance as both Oppo and Vivo, as well as OnePlus are subsidiaries of BBK Electronics. As of now, it is known that the service will be offered to the public under the open beta program, by the end of this month.

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Nokia 7.2 Spotted in GeekBench. Comes with Snapdragon 660!

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HMD is expected to launch the Nokia 7.2 later this month in China and a global release at IFA in September.  Ahead of the official unveiling, the mid-range Nokia smartphone is spotted on the  benchmarking site Geekbench. The benchmark result reveals key details about the phone ‘s specs including its chipset.

The smartphone was benchmarked in Geekbench as the “HMD Global Nokia 7.2”. According to the listing, the device has 6GB RAM and runs on Android 9 Pie. We can expect other RAM variants too but this should be the highest RAM option. The predecessor Nokia 7.1 was available in 3GB RAM and 6GB RAM variants.

The Geekbench listing doesn’t mention the chipset and the motherboard says “Daredevil” which is the phone’s codename. However taking its base frequency of 1.84GHz and comparing to other benchmarked devices, it will be powered by the Snapdragon 660. So, the rumours about the Nokia 7.2 being powered by the SD 660 turned out to be true. This is a fair upgrade considering the Nokia 7.1 came with a Snapdragon 636 chipset.

Nokia 7.2

As for its performance, the device managed to score 1604 and 5821 points in the single-core and multi-core tests respectively. They are similar to the score of Redmi Note 7 which have the same SD 660 chipset. The handset is said to sport a triple rear camera setup stacked in a circular housing. The configuration of the cameras is unknown but we can expect it to have ZEISS lens. Moreover, it should come with a FHD+ display and a rear mounted circular fingerprint sensor.

HMD is yet to reveal the remaining specifications of the Nokia 7.2. We have to wait till the launch event to known the full specs, price and availability of the device. Till then, keep tuned.

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Xiaomi reveals it’s 64MP Smartphone Camera! Also teases 100MP Smartphone Camera!

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Xiaomi and Realme rivalry is at its peak and looks like though Realme has an edge over Xiaomi in terms of a 64-megapixel camera, the Chinese smartphone giant isn’t leaving any stones unturned. We are already aware that Xiaomi is already working on a quad-camera setup that consists of a 64-megapixel sensor. As of now, there are no words regarding which phone would get the massive 64-megapixel camera, the company has revealed more details about the 64-megapixel camera, along with a few more exciting updates.

Xiaomi held a presentation regarding its camera technology at the Xiaomi Future Image Technology Communication Conference in Beijing, China. At the event, the company has finally revealed that it is using the 64MP Samsung ISOCELL GW1 camera sensor and a lot of features of the sensor were highlighted. It is believed that a Redmi phone may come with the 64-megapixel camera, hinting towards the Redmi Note 8. It is believed that the Redmi Note 8 would be powered by MediaTek’s latest flagship chipset, the Helio G90T.

In terms of the 64-megapixel sensor, the new Samsung ISOCELL GW1 64-megapixel sensor holds 38% more pixels than a 48-megapixel camera and with this sensor, Xiaomi claims that pictures would turn brighter, vibrant and more detailed. The Samsung ISOCELL GW1 sensor is a large 1/1.7″ sensor with a 0.8μm pixel size. The upcoming Redmi Phone will also pack features like ISOCELL Plus for improved color reproduction, Smart ISO and Hybrid 3D HDR. The images captured using the camera will have a resolution of 9248 x 6936 pixels. That’s huge, but that’s not the end. Images captured using the camera can take a lot of space, as high as 19 MB.

At the event,  Xiaomi also teased an upcoming Mi Series smartphone which will feature a massive 108-megapixel sensor from Samsung. As per the company, this sensor can capture images with dimensions up to 12,032 x 9,024 pixels. There are some rumors going on regarding this sensor as some sources suggest that the sensor will be first used on the upcoming Mi Mix 4, Xiaomi’s premium flagship lineup! Here’s the teaser by the way!

And yes, Manu Kumar Jain was quick to share the teaser in English on Twitter. We are expecting another Twitter fight between Xiaomi and Realme soon! 😉

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