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Often given an enormous share of spotlight are top-tier flagship smartphones, but people often forget that midrange devices are just as crucial to the growth of the Android ecosystem. For one, developing countries are more likely to purchase them than steeply priced top-tier devices, thus enabling Google to cast a wide net and capture a diverse set of people that can use its products and services.

Qualcomm knows that midrange devices are important, too, so it’s upgrading last year’s Snapdragon 653 and 626 with the Snapdragon 660 and 630, respectively. The new chips will offer more power, features, faster connectivity, and increased battery life and efficiency.

The goal of releasing brand-new chips is to offer more affordable high-quality features for smartphones and tablets, according to Qualcomm.

“Qualcomm Technologies is pumping up its 600-tier mobile processors to include features typically found in higher-tier processors,” wrote Qualcomm in a blog post.

Connectivity Features

The newest chips come packing with the X12 LTE modem, a 600 Mbps modem also found on Verizon and Sprint iPhone variants, in addition to the Snapdragon 820. Bluetooth 5 will now also be a default feature, and the Snapdragon 660 has 2 x 2 MIMO Wi-Fi to boot. The jargon is jarring, that’s for sure — but Qualcomm says that basically, these upgrades should make it easier for phones to communicate through brick and concrete walls.

Both platforms will come with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4 technology, specialized machine learning chips, and crisper photo-processing and camera features. Naturally, Qualcomm also upgraded clock and GPU speeds: the Snapdragon 660 is 20 percent faster than its predecessor, while the Snapdragon 630 is 10 percent faster. They also support the Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine SDK, which lets developers tinker around with machine learning and neural networks.

Speed Upgrades

Needless to say, Qualcomm’s new chips won’t hold out on power. Both chips will support up to a whopping 8 GB of RAM, and the processors were built and designed for the 14-nanometer manufacturing process. The Snapdragon 660 has an eight-core Kyro 260 CPU and an Adreno 512 GPU for graphics, while the 630 packs in eight Cortex A53 cores with an Adreno 508 GPU.

Improved Battery Life And Power Consumption

Nevertheless, battery life is possibly the most important improvement the new chips will bring. Qualcomm notes that users should experience 50 to as much as 75 percent lower battery consumption for a number of location services. What’s more, in terms of downloading over Wi-Fi, power consumption is down 60 percent on the 660 against Qualcomm’s previous-generation chips.

Qualcomm confirms that the Snapdragon 660 is now shipping, with the Snapdragon 630 slated to ship sometime in May. There’s no official word yet on which devices will feature Qualcomm’s new processors, but as always, expect due coverage as we learn more.

One thing is for sure though — midrange devices are about to get a lot more powerful, efficient, and capable.

Thoughts about the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 and 630? Feel free to sound off in the comments section below!

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The business that supplies Apple’s iPhones with GPUs desires to shake up the Android landscape by bringing high quality VR experiences to low end phones.

GPUs from Imagination Technologies are utilized in Android handsets and iPhones.

The utilization of virtual reality in Android apparatus is growing quickly. But most VR-capable cellphones, such as the ones are pricey due to GPUs that are strong and high resolution displays. Affordable VR headsets like Google Cardboard could be utilized with cellphones that were low-priced, but the encounter is irregular.

The images chip won’t be installed in the iPhone, which uses Imagination’s high end PowerVR XT GPU.

Beyond VR, mobile gaming and video encounters additionally enhances.

But why don’t you focus on the 4K resolution that is higher? Most funding smartphones don’t certainly will continue to rely on complete High Definition video for quite some time and have 1080p displays, said executive vice president for PowerVR at Imagination, Mark Dickinson.

But if wanted, Imagination can construct a Series8XE Plus GPU capable of 4K.

K5 midrange handsets and the LG K8 are launching in CIS and Latin America. Furthermore, the K8 is going to be accessible to consumers from Africa, Asia and also the Middle East while the K5 will land in Europe.

LG has formally launched the K8 and K5 midrange handsets, with each apparatus landing in key marketplaces this week.

The midrange handsets are the newest members of the business ‘s K Series lineup, which likewise comprise K7, the K10 and K4 the firm announced at CES 2016.

“The K Series delivers a feature rich UX and an innovative camera minus the premium cost,” says LG. “Its fantastic conclusion was affected by the polished pebble design language of preceding K Series apparatus which imparts a luxuriousness and contemporary appearance to the group.”

Users can immediately appreciate the K8’s comfy and safe hold thanks to its back cover made of woven fabric.

The K8 is going to have a High Definition resolution of 720 x 1,280 pixels.

It’ll come in three colours: Gold, Silver and Titan.

“The K8 and K5 will be amazing alternatives for anybody who’s seeking a smartphone with amazing looks, amazing looks, at a fantastic cost,” says Cho.

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