HTC is said to be entering the QHD display market. Qualcomm announces its new Snapdragon 400 and 600 processors. Meanwhile, Facebook invests its time in making VR apps.
We have heard rumors of HTC opting for a good ol’ 1080p screen for its upcoming flagship, the One M9. This may leave some of you in awe, as the standard is starting to lean more towards QHD resolutions. This is not to say the company is not interested in making higher-resolution smartphones, though.
A new leak from @upleaks claims the HTC Butterfly 3 will come with a 5.2-inch 2560x1440p WQHD display. It’s also stated this device is code named the HTC B3. No other details are stated, but at least you know HTC is not staying out of the QHD game.
Opinion: The debate between going with FHD or QHD is long and fierce. You all know I would rather have a good quality 1080p screen than a 1440p display, but each one of us have our preferences. Maybe HTC is testing the waters in Asia and seeing how well this display is welcomed there.
HTC BUTTERFLY3(aka B3) with 5.2” WQHD Display.
— @upleaks (@upleaks) February 18, 2015
Qualcomm has just announced a new set of processors meant for mid-end devices. What makes them special is that they come baked in with 64-bit architecture. The new processors include the Snapdragon 415, 425, 618 and 620.
Aside from the 64-bit architecture, these new chips also come with full X8 LTE connectivity, with and LTE Cat 7 modem that supports speeds of up to 300 MBps downloads and 100 Mbps uploads. They also feature good power and superior graphics. The 400 series processors come with an Andreno 405 GPU, while the 600 series come with a new, unnamed graphics processor.
Opinion: Launch is expected to come sometime in the second half of the year, so stay tuned for upcoming devices that may feature them. Maybe the 3rd-gen Moto G and Moto E? Let’s hope so!
Is VR the future? Many would think so, but the guys at Facebook are especially fond of this new way to look at tech and media. I mean, they went as far as acquiring Oculus, one of the most important virtual reality headset makers. It’s obvious they want to be at the forefront of this movement, and we now know Facebook is not only working with Oculus to produce hardware.
It turns out they are also investing their resources on creating VR apps, Facebook Chief Product Officer Chris Cox states in an intervide at the Code/Media conference. He goes on to mention that he believes VR will someday proliferate across the market. At some point we will all be able to view and even make VR content.
“Totally. You’ll do it, Beyoncé will do it.” -Chris Cox, Facebook Chief Product Officer
Opinion: I am especially excited to see where VR is taken from here. Yes, VR is no new technology. It has been around for a while, but not in an advanced form like we see it today. Technology has caught up and we can now see some amazing results.