The Uprising of Qualcomm and the Snapdragon Processor
The race to number one in thee mobile processing sector has been fierce for the past few years. As the expansion of the smartphone market continues to eclipse all records in adoption, Qualcomm has slowly separated itself from the pack of other chipmakers. This did occur until the release of the Samsung Galaxy S3, where Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor truly made a name for itself, as the number one & dominant mobile processor for high-tiered smartphones.
The Snapdragon S4 processor incorporated inside the Samsung Galaxy S3 was the consumers initiation into the high powered dual core processor for mobile devices. Samsung’s marketing blitz against Apple was extremely successful and only solidified the power and reliance of the Snapdragon processor. Through the success of the Snapdragon S4, other OEM’s started to adopt a true reliance on the processor and its predecessors in the S3, S2, and S1 (which represent single core processors).
Operating systems such as Windows Phone made it a requirement to run processors as efficient as the Snapdragon line going forward because of that reliance. Nvidia took an attempt to damper the up rise of Qualcomm’s mobile push with their Tegra line of processors. Devices such as the HTC One X tried to test its reliability and power, but ultimately battery life and performance took a hit, not being up to par with the Snapdragon processor and HTC quickly switched back to Qualcomm’s start chip with the HTC One.
2013 truly showed the power of Qualcomm and their vision of mobile computing, with the introduction a new line of processors dubbed the Snapdragon 200, 400, 600, and 800. Each bump in numbering represents the increase in power and battery efficiency. 1080p-720p HD displays/recording, high intense graphical gaming running at 60 fps, 8, 13, 20, and even 41 megapixel cameras. Flagship devices like the previously mentioned HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4, Lumia 1520 and the LG G2 all run on the new line of processors. This alone speaks volumes on the strangle hold Qualcomm now holds on the mobile industry. It’s not just smartphones either, they have processors in tablets ranging from cheap to premium price points as well. Whatever device you hold or use, Qualcomm has their imprints on it with their Snapdragon line processors. Innovation will continue to be engraved into the DNA of Qualcomm and their dominance in the mobile industry can only be matched by the time it takes to push theses cutting edge mobile processors out to the public, as we mobile to wearable technolgy and more.