Qualcomm announces super-fast gigabit LTE modem and new Snapdragon chips

Qualcomm has announced a new super-fast gigabit LTE modem, as well as three new Snapdragon processors. The Snapdragon 625, 435 and 425 pack a punch with various technologies included to offer low to mid-tier performance in smartphones later this year.

Qualcomm announces 64-bit Snapdragon 808 and 810 chipsets

Qualcomm today announced its next-generation mobile processors for the Snapdragon 800 family – 810 and 808. These new chips are designed to deliver even better performance and delight compared to what’s currently available to handset vendors today. The main improvements with these two chips is the 64bit architecture and Cat 6 LTE.

Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 805 - next generation Ultra HD processor

Qualcomm just announced their new high-end processor, the Snapdragon 805. It’s the successor to the Snapdragon 800 found on several high-end devices including the Nokia Lumia 1520 we recently reviewed. Qualcomm claims the 805 is their highest performance processor designed to deliver the highest quality mobile video, camera and graphics.

The new Snapdragon 805 features the new Adreno 420 GPU, which offers up to 40 percent more graphics processing power than its predecessor. It is the first mobile processor to offer system-level Ultra HD support, 4K video capture and playback and enhanced dual camera Image Signal Processors (ISPs), for superior performance, multitasking, power efficiency and mobile user experiences.

Latest WP7 specs include 2nd gen Snapdragon & optional gyro

Back to MIX, Istvan Cseri (Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft) revealed the new Windows Phone 7 chassis that OEM's can use to build handsets which is to be released in the coming months.

Observing the image above, we can see the Qualcomm MSM7X30 and MSM8X55 (800MHz) are included in the platform requirements and both feature the Adreno 205 GPU. Gyroscope sensor addition is optional and manufactures will be able to use multiple combinations of memory, gyroscope support and SoC as long as they don't go below current specification requirements. Screen resolution is kept at 800x480 (WVGA). Watch the presentation after the break.

Hands on + Video: Toshiba TG01

The good: Wow. What a device. If there was one phone that blew me away it would be the massive TG01.  The combination of a huge 4.1-inch screen and 1GHz Snapdragon was an experience to witness.

When Windows Mobile 6.5 hits 1GHz it becomes something different.  It is so fluid, fast and quick to the touch it changes the game.  And that screen was just this big, bold, beautiful source of visual goodness--I was like a moth staring at the spotlight.

It was a little strange surrendering all hardware buttons--even the Phone/Send and End keys are part of the screen, but all in all it works just because it is so huge.  Now I see why HTC made the HD2, they must have played with TG01. Man if this phone had a capacitive screen, it would be the Zune phone that everyone wants.

The bad: Well for one, there is no promise of this thing coming to the States, so this may have been my only chance.  Number two, the soft keyboard was awful.  Perhaps the screen sensitivity could be tweaked or there are other versions to be made, but I literally missed every other letter when typing.  Maybe they can license HTC's fantastic soft keyboard.  Finally, there is no 3.5mm headset jack.

Availability: Now, import only. Price varies.

Want to see this beast in action? Take a look after the break! Trust me, it's worth it.

Microsoft: We're partnering really closely with Qualcomm


Over at Gamasutra, they had an nice interview with Kevin Unangst, Microsoft's senior director of PC and mobile gaming, and Brian Seitz, senior marketing manager for Windows Phone 7.

The topic was gaming and there were a few interesting bits of information, the first found in this blog's headline:

We're partnering really closely with Qualcomm so they're going to be the chip of choice... It will be a good experience with developers," says Brian Seitz, senior marketing manager for Windows Phone 7.

Some much for nVidia's Tegra2 or ARM Cortex A8 /"Hummingbird", eh?

Other things which we're sort of already knew:

  • Two tiers for games: more professional Xbox Live Arcade and regular Marketplace games; the former is exceptional quality with high standards, the latter anyone can develop on. This also means you won't need an XBLA account to play all games on WP7
  • Microsoft helps set the prices for games; trying to avoid 'race to the bottom' for pricing to protect developer's interests
  • Tiered pricing for games, like the Xbox console
  •'s just the beginning of what we're going to do with multiplayer."
  • "...this can be a great alternative to the DS and PSP, as much as we think [it can be to] the iPhone and the Droid"

Interesting stuff, though we're a little uneasy with the Qualcomm thing as..well, lets not bring up the past. We're curious to see if any hardware vendor will use non-Qualcomm chipsets, guess we'll have to wait and see.

Read more here.


Samsung (Omnia HD) prototype with WP7 gets handled; game 'Twin Blades' shown

Looks like the folks at MobileTechWorld got to play with the Samsung Omnia HD modified for Windows Phone 7.

They note that the processor has been updated from the lackluster TI OMAP 3430 to a Snapdragon (presumably 1GHz) and that this device probably won't make it to production, for obvious reasons.

Their impressions? Very positive noting 

As you can see in the video below everything is running smoothly with no sign of lag or stuttering and everything was functional on the handset (GPS, data, and even camera). It’s the smoothies mobile experience I have ever witness (on par with the iPhone) and it definitely feels a lot better when used on a real handset compared to the desktop emulator.

That seems to be the consensus lately on anyone who gets to play with one of these prototypes, which is a great sign considering finalized hardware and software is still months away.

Also, the video game 'Twin Blades' by Press Star Studio was shown off. The game is currently available on Xbox Live Arcade (400 points) and was ported in under 2 weeks by one programmer. It's already fully integrated with Xbox including achievements and this will be available when WP7 launches. Sweet--going to download to XBox right now.

Both videos after the jump.

[via MobileTechWorld; Twin Blades]

That Snapdragon processor is fast ... Very fast

Not only is the HTC HD2 large in stature — we're still knocked over by that 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen — it's got game under the hood. Benchmark tests of the 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor reportedly clocked in at at least a 300 percent improvement over the Touch HD and its Qualcomm MSM7201 processor running at 528MHz. And another test showed an improvement of 1,822 percent. Between this and Nvidia's Tegra processor, the future is now, people. The future is now.

wmpoweruser (currently down) via Engadget Mobile

TG02 gets the OK from the FCC

Oh, hi, Toshiba TG02. It's been a while. When last we met, you were getting WiFi certification. Now you're in the good graces of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, and there's a good chance we'll see you in person in a couple weeks at Mobile World Congress.

So what, exactly, might we see? From the FCC documents, we know the usual radio stuff is there -- Bluetooth, GPS and WiFi b/g -- plus quad-band GSM frequencies (but no 3G for the U.S.). Other than that? We'd expect it to appear with Windows Mobile 6.5.x (or 6.5.3, or 6.6, or 6.7, or whatever it ends up being called). Previous leaked specs showed a 4.1-inch WVGA screen, 3.2MP camera and the aforementioned version of WinMo. Also previously mentioned in big red letters was the word "Waterproof," which could provide an interesting twist. Stand by. [FCC via Engadget]

HTC Russia ... on Twitter ... says HD2 is getting Windows Mobile 7


Update: The Tweet you see above has been deleted. Validation!?!?! (Good eye, Mxx!)

We're really not fans of seeing "official" sources break news on Twitter, but so be it. Here you see a translation of a Tweet from @HTC_Ru, HTC's Russian Twitter account. And it clearly says that of the Windows phones currently available, only the HD2 is slated to get an upgrade to Windows Mobile 7. That's something we've been quietly expecting for a while now, especially given the supposed WM7 chassis specs. The HD2 has the 1GHz Snapdragon processor. It's got a capacitive screen. And it's hulking size means I wouldn't want to tell it it'd be stuck with Windows Mobile 6.5 forever.

As for other devices getting an upgrade to Windows Mobile 7? We'll go ahead and say that the bunch we saw recently in that HTC leak are a pretty good bet, assuming they're not actually launched with Windows Mobile 7.

Twitter via Pocketnow

Next Wave of Acer Handsets Teased

Acer is continuing to make a push to be one of the more prolific manufacturers of Windows Phones. According to a report from Digitimes, Acer is preparing three or four Windows Mobile phones for release in 2010. Apparently some of these devices will be low end devices with development outsourced to Inventec Appliances. Acer will continue in-house development of their higher-end models (the word Snapdragon was mentioned).

In a less encouraging note for Windows Mobile purists, Acer plans include more emphasis on Google’s Android platform, with 5 or 6 devices being targeted.

[via WMPoweruser]

Telus launches LG IQ for $99 (with a 3-year contract)

Telus sure has an odd pricing scheme, at least for those of us used to two-year deals in the U.S. But hey they did get their hands on the LG IQ and if you sign a whopping three-year contract it can be yours for a low $99.

Only want to do two years?  That will cost you an extra $300:

  • 3-year contract: $99.99
  • 2-year contract: $399.99
  • 1-year contract: $449.99
  • No contract: $499.99

But hey, that IQ sure is a nice phone and we have to admit, we'd like to get our grubby mitts on it.  Featuring WM6.5, 1gHz processor and a 5MP camera, it's pretty swell.  Luckily AT&T has the eXpo coming very soon, once their shipping issues are straightened out.

Get the LG IQ now.

[via MobileSyrup]

LG eXpo coming to AT&T on Dec. 7

Remember that LG IQ we've seen destined for Canada's Telus network? It's also headed for AT&T and should be available Dec. 7 with its sliding keyboard, 5-megapixel camera, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, Windows Mobile 6.5 and 1500mAh battery. The eXpo also can handle an optional (and removable) DLP pico projector from Texas Instruments, making it one of the first in the U.S. to sport such a feature. [Phonescoop]

Update: The full presser is finally available. We're looking at $199.99 after contract and rebate. Another $179.99 for the projector, when it's available.

Behold, the LG IQ on Telus

We're gonna have to go way, way back for this one. In the Great AT&T Flood of 2009 came a leaked slide of the LG Monaco, a Snapdragon-powered, 3.2-inch touchscreen slider. And here before you is what that device, now known as the LG IQ, has become, destined for Canadian carrier Telus.

Gone is that janky-looking D-pad from the keyboard, and instead it features an optical mouse on the front face. Also on board are a 5-megapixel and Windows Mobile 6.5 Pro.

Question is, will we still see this on AT&T, as previously rumored? And will it launch (or at least be upgradeable to) Windows Mobile 7, if and when it arrives, as previously rumored?

News at 11.

Mobile Ninjas via wmpoweruser

Meet the Toshiba Dynapocket X02T, with a cameo by Quentin Tarantino

Here's the Toshiba Dynapocket X02T from Japan's Softbank. If it looks familiar, it should. It's really just a rebranded Toshiba TG01. But what's new this time is that Softbank has U.S. filmmaker Quentin Tarantino (perhaps you've heard of him) shilling for it, and it's definitely entertaining. Peep video of the Q-Man (that's what he asked us to call him -- really) and more of the Dynapocket X02T (great phone, lousy name) after the break. [dvice via newlaunches]

HTC officially announces the HD2, but it's not coming to the U.S.

The HTC HD2, aka the Leo, has been one of the worst-kept secrets out there, and HTC pulled the covers off it this morning. Unfortunately we're not looking at a U.S. release, so we'll have to gaze at the massive 4.3-inch screen, 1GHz Snapdragon processor and honest-to-goodness Sense UI, as first seen on Android, from afar.

The HD2 will be available "later this month across Europe."

Full presser after the break.

Windows Mobile 6.5 on a 7-inch, Snapdragon-powered tablet? Yes, please!

And you thought the HTC HD2 was big? Hows about Windows Mobile 6.5 on a 7-inch LCD display, powered by the same Snapdragon processor? OK, so this is a tablet dubbed "Mangrove" and not a Windows phone, technically speaking, but it does sport 3G and WiMAX, WiFi, USB ports and a MicroSD card slot.

Next question: Considering what it would likely cost, what the heck would you do with it?

AVing via Engadget and jkkmobile

HTC Leo comes out of the shadows

We're trying not to be very, very angry toward whomever's hand that is, for it is holding not online an HTC Touch Diamond 2, but the HTC Leo, as well. As a reminder, the Touch Diamond 2's screen is 3.2 inches diagonal (just a shade smaller than the Zune HD, btw), and here we get a real feel for just how massive the Leo's screen is. It could be that dude in the picture just has massive hands, but we're starting to get the feeling that the Leo won't be as unwieldy as we first feared.

Oh, and 10 minutes of video goodness are after the break. And plenty more from the source at

Thanks to everyone who sent this in

HTC Leo live and in the flesh

Behold, the HTC Leo! The first live pictures of the device have been snagged, and things look to line up with the early leaked renders we saw, as well as with the specs.

That massive screen looks big enough to be the full on 4.3 inches, and the specs show it running at 800x480. (And, dayum, it makes the 3.6-inch screen on the Touch Pro 2 look small!) Also on board is 512MB storage memory and 320MB RAM. The Qualcomm 8520B Snapdragon processor indeed is running at 1GHz.

A couple of more shots after the break.

Via and wmpoweruser

LG Monaco & Snapdragon, Windows Mobile 7

We're still expecting LG to ramp up its Windows Mobile fare in a massive way, and this phone could do so with a running start. The LG "Monaco" — yet another in that long line (see here, here and here) of AT&T leaks from Engadget — is pretty close to that list of supposed Windows Mobile 7 required specs. Here's what's listed:

  • Quad-band EDGE, tri-band 3G.
  • Windows MObile 7.
  • 3.2-inch 480x800 touchscreen (that's a little under the 3.5-inch requirement).
  • 1,500 mAh battery (may change).
  • Qualcomm QSD8650 snapdragon processor.
  • WiFi.
  • 5MP camera with autofocus.
  • Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR.
  • AGPS
  • MicroSD.
  • And as an accessory, a Pico-projector.

Don't think that September availability date's gonna happen, but this is still a sure sign that good things are ahead from LG.