Qualcomm has laid out its details of the upcoming S4 SoC, and yes, there’s definitely reason for excitement with this next generation Snapdragon. First, it’ll usher in a new 28nm manufacturing process alongside the company’s Krait CPU and Adreno 225 GPU. The move from 45nm to 28nm promises smaller components, lower power consumption and improved thermal performance, while Krait will introduce a new pipeline architecture that promises a full 60% boost over the current Scorpion lineup with clock speeds ranging between 1.5 and 2.5GHz — along with support for asynchronous multiprocessing and dual-channel memory. As for the GPU, the latest chip flaunts 50% greater performance over the current Adreno 220, where it also provides support for DirectX 9.3 for Windows 8, in addition to OpenGL ES 1.1 and 2.0. Should be quite the gaming experience, eh?
It doesn’t end there, as the S4 MSM8960 promises multi-mode world capabilities with support for all the commonly used frequencies from 700 to 2600MHz — quite a feat, indeed. It handles Cat. 3 LTE (up to 100Mbps) and Cat. 24 HSPA+ (up to 42Mbps), along with EV-DO Rev. B, 1x Advanced and TD-SCDMA, as well as GSM, GPRS and EDGE. Oh, and there’s also simultaneous support for GPS and GLONASS, along with Bluetooth, WiFi, FM radio and NFC. With samples already being sent to manufacturers, we’re quite excited for what 2012 may bring.
Qualcomm outs Snapdragon S4 SoC details, promises improved battery life and true world capability originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 08 Oct 2011 17:12:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Looking to grab that iPhone 4 on Sprint
and take advantage of the unlimited data
? Well, you can place your pre-order now on the current model and for the just announced 4S starting Friday, October 7. The company warns that this is “while supplies last” — so if you’re thinking about jumping ship from the data limiting service of Big Red
or Ma Bell
, you may want to act quickly. Just hit that source link and head to Sprint’s iPhone page to reserve yours.
Sprint now taking pre-orders for iPhone 4, reserve your 4S on October 7 originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 06 Oct 2011 01:18:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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The post-merger AT&T&T world
is a mysterious one. Nobody knows what it looks like or what the rules will be, and it’s quite likely we won’t know all of the answers until the acquisition has been completed — if it makes
it that far
. However, at least another piece has been added to the puzzle for now; according to an internal employee FAQ sent in to TmoNews
, any customer in love with their current rate plan will be allowed to grandfather it into AT&T’s system and
keep it after their contract expires. Curiously enough, it doesn’t say anything about what will happen if you’d like to upgrade your phone, which could be a completely different story. At least this little chunk of news serves to soothe nervous souls concerned about being forced to a higher-priced plan, which may keep a lot of people from suddenly jumping ship.
T-Mobile customers would be able to keep rate plans on AT&T after contract expires originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 20 Sep 2011 14:44:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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The Samsung Galaxy Y recently appeared on Vodafone’s “Coming Soon” page, where Sammy’s youth-oriented smartphone will look to carve a niche among the UK carrier’s value options. While the handset compares favorably to the current bottom-of-the-line Galaxy Mini (free on all contracts over
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While DirecTV may tossing an old standard def look on the new DirecTiVo, beta testers got a treat tonight (even better than news AMC HD is on the way) when their boxes downloaded a brand new user interface. It’s the HD UI that was mentioned during the last earnings call, and brings not only fully 16×9 formatted graphics but also, according to testers, a serious performance boost to satellite receivers. If you’re in the test group restart your box and punch 0,2,4,6,8 to snag the new software and have a look for yourself, but if you’re on the outside looking in hit the source link for one of DBSTalk’s typical thorough walkthrough PDFs.
[Thanks, cypherstream & Joshua]
DirecTV’s new HD UI revealed to testers, is prettier and faster than the current one originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 03 Sep 2011 01:23:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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The FCC started talking about its intention to allow for 911 texting (and even photos and videos) last year, and now Chairman Julius Genachowski is out with a detailed plan for a “next generation” 911 service. The standout feature of it is just that — the ability to send a text, photo or video in the event of an emergency — but that also brings with it a complete overhaul of the backend of the service, and a switch to an IP-based architecture from the current circuit-switched system. That, the FCC says, should provide more flexibility and resiliency, and the agency has a number of other improvements in mind as well, including increased accessibility for people with disabilities, and new measures to improve the accuracy of location gathering (including new rules for wireless carriers). Of course, it all still is just a plan at the moment, but the FCC says it will consider a move to accelerate adoption of the plan next month.
FCC details plans to bring texting, photos and video to 911 service originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 11 Aug 2011 16:58:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Tags: 911 system
Good niches don’t come cheap, but while $350 isn’t exactly a steal, Acer’s new AC700 will, at the very least, get you into the wonderful cloud-based world of Chrome OS for a good deal less than, say, Samsung’s Series 5. Of course, there are certain sacrifices to be made for the sake of affordability, namely the fact that the current version of Acer’s entry into the space is WiFi-only — a 3G version is set to hit later this summer for, one assumes, a noticeable price bump. The AC700 has an Atom N570 processor, 16GB of storage, and 2GB of RAM, and best of all, is available right this very moment.
Acer AC700 WiFi goes on sale, is your $350 ticket to the Chromebook club originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 11 Jul 2011 17:33:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Samsung’s mid-sized Galaxy Tab 8.9
has been a bit elusive as of late, but it’s now landed in the spot where all devices go to prepare for their big debut: the FCC. What’s more, this particular model isn’t just WiFi-only like the current Galaxy Tab 10.1 — it also sports 3G connectivity, and the bands specified in the FCC filing indicate that it’s likely headed to AT&T. Interestingly, we’ve already seen this model number (GT-P7300) pop up at the FCC before
, at which point we thought it was the WiFi + 3G version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1. But the more detailed sketch in this latest filing seems to depict a device that’s both smaller and ever so slightly tweaked (including a relocated headphone jack), so it would seem to indeed be the 8.9 after all.
3G-equipped Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 hits the FCC with bands for AT&T originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 30 Jun 2011 17:45:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Leave it to the Senate to crush the military’s fragile dreams. All the Navy ever really wanted was a giant ship-based laser that could be used to shoot down missiles. Despite some record breaking stats, however, the latest defense authorization bill handed down from the Senate Armed Services Committee throws a giant congressional wet blanket on the free-electron laser. The project, it seems, has simply proven too expensive — among other things, the laser’s researchers haven’t found the ideal method for powering the weapon from a ship. According to the current timeline, the project was not likely to have been completed before 2020, and as such the Navy’s request for further funding was, somewhat ironically, ultimately shot down.
Senate denies Navy’s missile-destroying laser funding, puts the kibosh on annoying Dr. Evil impressions originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 19 Jun 2011 13:32:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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A 10-inch followup to the BlackBerry PlayBook
seemed inevitable and indeed, tidbits about a rumored larger-screen version are starting to flow fast and furious. N4BB
, which recently managed
to spy the 9900
before it was unveiled, is citing anonymous sources who claim it will have a thinner bezel, a SIM card slot, a white color option, and, like the soon-to-be upgraded
7-inch version, 4G / WiFi connectivity. What’s more, these sources assure us this new PlayBook will have native email and calendar apps and be able to connect to BlackBerry Enterprise Server
without the help of BlackBerry Bridge — a confounding quirk on the current model. That’s all well and good (and fairly realistic), though we’ll just have to wait until that rumored holiday launch — or a more unequivocal leak — to see what RIM has up its sleeves.
Next-gen PlayBook to have 10-inch screen, 4G radio, and white color option? originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 01 Jun 2011 11:39:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Tags: 10-inch playbook
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