Airtel to tap Qualcomm chips for O-RAN rollout

In a further commitment to rolling out Open RAN technologies, telecom operator Bharti Airtel announced a tie-up with hardware and chipset provider Qualcomm Inc. It said Qualcomm will provide technology to support the roll-out of 5G using the open technology. Qualcomm is a maker of semiconductors or chips that are used by other equipment makers, […]

Qualcomm adds support for ISRO’s NavIC positioning system

In a big boost to Indian space technology and ISRO, Qualcomm, the world’s biggest independent provider of cellphone processors, has agreed to support Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) on some of its chipsets. The move will help these mobile phones use IRNSS-NavIC for pinpointing their location. This will be in addition to the current […]

Intel Under Threat? Qualcomm enters the PC business with Asus, HP & Lenovo

It’s been anticipated for years, but today at Computex, Qualcomm announced the launch of what can be called a world war in the semiconductor business. The smartphone chipmaker said three PC manufacturers — Lenovo, HP and Asus — will start making computers with its chips inside them. The move should be particularly bitter for Intel, […]

Yes Bank unveils Aadhaar-powered billing machine for small companies

Yes Bank has introduced a new billing machine for small businesses tying together Card & UPI payments, Aadhaar E-KYC and Aadhaar E-signing on a ready-to-use basis. This will help small and medium businesses to do their billing and accept payments and also disburse small loans completely electronically at any time to participating merchants, said the […]

Upcoming Intel Apollo Lake could disappoint going by Broxton Goldmont benchmarks

Intel’s upcoming Apollo Lake low-end tablet and PC processor could trail ARM-based chips by a big margin if a benchmarking result from a product using similar technology is any indication. Goldmont, the core inside Apollo Lake is to be the first major update to Intel’s Silvermont architecture and was supposed to take on ARM chips. When first […]

ZTE Blade Q Lux: Cheapest 4G LTE phone in India and rival to Lenovo A6000 Plus, Yu Yuphoria

When Mukesh Ambani said earlier today that 4G LTE phone prices will decline to Rs 4,000 from Rs 7,000 over the next six months, many probably thought he was being optimistic. But not ZTE, the Chinese telecom major that has largely been content to play second fiddle to others like Huawei, Xiaomi and Lenovo in […]

ARM Cortex A72 continues to set new records, Intel Broxton under threat

With every passing day almost, the next-generation ARM Cortex A72 processor core continues to surprise with its robust performance in benchmarking charts. The ARM Cortex A72 is the new heavy-hitter processor technology from UK’s ARM Holdings that will feature in nearly all high-end, and some mid-range, processors that are going to be launched starting from […]

Lenovo A6000 available on demand from Flipkart, better than Redmi 2?

India’s biggest shopping site Flipkart is offering the Lenovo A6000, arguably India’s most sought after mobile phone, without any prebooking. The phone can be bought from Flipkart’s website without any booking or registration today, while the Redmi 2 requires preregistration and quick fingers. Lenovo A6000 is India’s cheapest LTE 4G phone and is based on […]

MediaTek MT6795 beats Snapdragon 810 in Geekbench 3

The upcoming 64-bit LTE chipset from MediaTek, MT6795, has beaten the Snapdragon 810 chipset in Geekbench 3, which measures core processor capability. UPDATE – More results have come forth that show MediaTek MT6795 score above 1,000 single core and 5,400 all-core. Similarly, the HTC M9, powered by S 810, scores around 3,800 on GeekBench 3. […]

MediaTek’s LTE phones coming to India in March?

Back in October, MediaTek, the Taiwanese chipmaker that practically ruled India’s low- and mid- range smartphone market, announced that by December, India would see several smartphones powered by its first LTE chip MT6595. December’s over. January’s also over, and February is almost over. Yet, India is yet to see the flood of LTE handsets powered […]

With Snapdragon 810, Qualcomm beats Intel, AMD in mobile/tablet space

Intel has always been held up as the maker of the most powerful processors, but with yesterday’s announcement that nearly 60 phones with the Snapdragon 810 processor are in the works, the Chipzilla has lost the status in the mobile world. According to a statement from Qualcomm yesterday, Motorola, Oppo, Sony, Nokia, LG and Xiaomi […]

Mid-range Huawei G621 set to be India’s first 64-bit Android phone

64-bit Android phones have been quite a while in the workings, primarily because of shortcomings with ARM and its chip making partners to get the platform ready. Now it’s about to change with the 5-inch Huawei G621, expected to be priced at a modest Rs 13,500. Apple has been the only company to successfully incorporate […]