Qualcomm has taken the wraps off its new super-chip, the Snapdragon 845, set to be found inside smartphones, tablets, and more come 2018. Renewing Qualcomm‘s focus on virtual and augmented reality, computational photography, video capture, mobile security, and more, the new system-on-chip (SoC) promises faster performance along with more efficient battery use and charging.
It’s been ten years since the first Snapdragon processor, a 1GHz mobile chipset that helped usher in the smartphone age. Qualcomm is now spending more than a billion dollars a quarter on research & development. “That R&D spend isn’t just about building chips,” however, according to Keith Kressin, Senior Vice President of Product Management at Qualcomm. “It’s about leadership and innovation.”
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