Qualcomm simplifies Snapdragon branding

Qualcomm decided to simply it’s Snapdragon SoC naming convention today and make it easier for the average Joe to distinguish one SoC from another. Here’s how it will now look like:

- Snapdragon System 1 aka S1 Class: QSD8250 (65nm 1Ghz Scorpion CPU + Adreno 200 GPU) and the new MSM7227, MSM7627,MSM7225, MSM7625
- Snapdragon System 2 aka S2 Class: MSM7X30, MSM8X55, APQ8055 (45nm 800Mhz-1.4Ghz Scorpion CPU Adreno 205 GPU)
- Snapdragon System 3 aka S3 Class: APQ8060, MSM8260, MSM8660, QSD8672 (45nm up to 1.5GHE Dual-Core Scorpion CPU Adreno 220 GPU)
- Snapdragon System 4 aka S3 Class: All the upcoming Krait based SoC configurations MSM8228, MSM8930, MSM8960, MSM8974, APQ8064 ( 28nm up to 2.5Ghz Dual and Quad Scorpion CPU + Adreno 305, Adreno 320 GPU)

So nothing really ground breaking here and I personally prefer to refer to an Soc by its really name rather that something relatively vague like S3 Class.

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HTC Wildfire Review

With the overabundance of Android handsets on the market today one particular device seems to be gathering polarizing opinions ever since its retail debut a couple of weeks ago. Some people hate it while others think that it is really good product. I’m going to finally weight in a share with you my thoughts about the HTC Wildfire , the company’s new low-end / entry level Android smartphone.

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HTC Wildfire Software Tour

Here’s a quick software tour I did of the HTC Wildfire handset. As you will see in the video the Wildfire’s software is totally identical to what you can find on the HTC Desire so there isn’t much to say about it. The Sense UI sitting on top of Android 2.1 is smooth and really pleasant to use but things get a bit once you start using more CPU intensive applications like the browser and many other applications. The MSM7225 chipset clocked at 528Mhz starts to show its limits and makes the Wildfire really frustrating to use especially when in the browser. Forget about gaming mainly because of the slow chipset and because the screen’s QVGA resolution renders the device incompatible with many of the applications/games available on the Android Market. Watch the full video after the break:

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HTC Wildfire Hardware tour video and picture gallery

Here’s my quick hardware tour picture gallery and video of the HTC Wildfire handset. There isn’t much to say frankly. The device is really well build and feels good in the hand, the since is also perfect for one handed navigation. The only major downside is the QVGA resolution of the screen. I must admit that I totally forgot that it had a QVGA screen before turning it on for the first time. But once it finished boot it up I was unfortunately unpleasantly greeted by the super low resolution of the screen. QVGA is kind of acceptable on a 2.8″ screen but on a Wildfire’s 3.2″ it really sticks out like a sore thumb. Add also the fact that the panel used by HTC suffers from severe ghosting when panning and scrolling graphics (I will show you this in an upcoming video). I talk more about performance in an upcoming video. Check out the gallery and video tour after the break:

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