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Qualcomm is testing a new chip series for Android Go phones

Coming soon to budget phones near you!

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Since the birth of the smartphone industry, processors have always fought in an unending arms race. It’s all about power. In this industry, the fastest processor wins.

Recently, the industry properly established market segmentation. Now, processors have leaders in flagship, midrange, and budget segments. However, the industry was still in the arms race, regardless of segmentation.


Despite this trend, Qualcomm has announced a surprising decision. Instead of pursuing the fastest, the chip maker will instead focus on the bottom of the barrel.

Currently, the Snapdragon 200 series populates the company’s entry-level market. However, fiercer competition has edged out the series in this segment. Right now, MediaTek has captured more entry-level phones than Qualcomm.

With this, Qualcomm is testing a new series outside of the iconic Snapdragon lineup. The Qualcomm QM215 will focus on smartphones within the Android Go program. As such, the new chip will offer incredibly budget-friendly options for consumers.

According to a German source, the planned product is a 1.3GHz quad-core chipset, coupled with a 650MHz GPU. Prototype devices are touting LCD screens (1440 x 720 resolution), up to 2GB of LPDDR3 memory, and up to 16GB of internal storage. According to the same source, a “well-known smartphone maker” is already developing a device with the new chip. Likewise, component makers have already created fingerprint readers tailored for the chip. With its currently rumored specs, the chipset matches performance from the Snapdragon 400 series.

Right now, the product is likely in its early stages. The Qualcomm QM215 might even ultimately add to the Snapdragon 200 series after all. If anything, expect a lot more movement from Qualcomm in the entry-level market in the future.

SEE ALSO: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx is first-ever 7nm chip in a PC

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Modified Land Rover Discovery has an entire lab for malaria research

Bringing the lab straight to the field

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Car brands have been coming up with ways to fit more baggage inside a vehicle — be it groceries, full-size suitcases, or even surfboards. Those are all good and impressive, but this special vehicle from Land Rover just upped the ante. An entire research laboratory is now mobile thanks to the modified Discovery. Not only that, this lab on wheels is helping beat malaria.

Addressing the current malaria situation in Africa, the Mobile Malaria Project was conceived as a trans-African journey to work closely with smaller research groups. Through the mobile genetic sequencing laboratory tucked inside the mid-size SUV, they aim to extract and sequence parasite and mosquito DNA. In other words, they’re bringing the lab research directly to the field this time.


Embarking on this journey of Discovery (pun intended) are three researchers from Oxford University. They will be driving through different countries in Africa, gathering needed research and educating groups with limited resources along the way.

Packing all the lab equipment needed onto the luxury SUV was no easy feat, either. The team needed a small freezer to keep test supplies cool, a reliable power source to run said freezer 24/7, and storage space. These were successfully installed in the vehicle but some things (like the two rear seats) were needed to be taken out.

 

Additionally, the scientifically pimped-out Discovery was installed with awnings to cover the sides of the car. This way, researchers will be able to work around the vehicle while the hot African sun is above them or even when rainstorms are passing.

It’s a very interesting project with a very promising goal in mind. If you want to know more and get into the details, you may visit their page.

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OPPO Reno teaser creatively shows how they make their phones

Complete with dragons and shrinking lens

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Screenshot from teaser | Image credit: OPPO/Weibo

OPPO is set to have a new phone dubbed the Reno. It was the mystery phone that was demoed at MWC 2019 showcasing the impressive 10x lossless zoom. We were able to get our hands on one, but it was merely a prototype; it didn’t even have a final design.

While we wait for OPPO to unveil its new phone, we are presented with a teaser showing how Reno is created in the factories. Well, it’s not an actual factory video but a creative short ad showing the features of the phone.


The video was uploaded on OPPO’s Weibo page, but it’s also on YouTube courtesy of Sparrows News:

Exaggeration might be the word to describe the approach of the teaser, but it’s fun to watch anyway. Also, it gives us clues what to expect from Reno, including a 10x telephoto lens, a Snapdragon 855 processor, and a gorgeous display (probably AMOLED).

Rumor has it that Reno will come in both LTE and 5G variants. There are also talks about a “lite” version using a Snapdragon 710 chip and an uber-expensive Lamborghini Edition.

OPPO’s upcoming flagship phone will be announced on April 10. We’ll know more about it during the launch and it’s expected to be as premium as the Find X.

SEE ALSO: OPPO’s upcoming flagship stops by AnTuTu, confirms Snapdragon 855 chip

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Samsung Galaxy A70 offers extra-tall screen, long-lasting battery

Plus Samsung’s fastest charging

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On top of the well-received Galaxy S10 series, Samsung has been pushing midrange smartphones non-stop. We’ve been seeing a barrage of A- and M-series phones, with the former getting yet another member in its lineup.

Samsung’s newest upper-midrange phone is the Galaxy A70, and it comes with a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED screen with an extra-tall 20:9 aspect ratio; that’s close to what Sony offers with its latest Xperia line. As a bonus, the A70 has an under-display fingerprint scanner.


You’ll find a U-shaped notch on top which houses the generous 32-megapixel selfie camera. Equally plenty is the 32-megapixel rear camera that’s complemented by an 8-megapixel ultra-wide shooter and 5-megapixel depth sensor.

Since this is a rather large phone, Samsung equipped it with a 4500mAh battery that supports 25W fast charging — the fastest on any Galaxy phone to date. It’s not confirmed, however, which Exynos chipset the A70 comes with.

We also don’t have the pricing and availability yet for each configuration (ranging from 6GB to 8GB memory and 128GB storage), but there’ll be at least four colors to choose from: white, blue, black, and coral. They’ll appear on the 3D Glasstic back that’s become popular on the brand’s recent handsets.

Rumor has it that the Galaxy A70 will be officially unveiled along with a higher-end Galaxy A smartphone during an April 10 event. GadgetMatch will be present to confirm all this info and more. Stay tuned!

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