The next crop of smartphones are going to have faster download and upload speeds. They’ll have 3-D surround sound. Their cameras will work way better in the dark. Their batteries will last longer. And they’re not going to get quite as hot when they’re working hard.
That’s thanks to Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 820 chip, which the chipmaker unveiled on Tuesday, as well as Qualcomm’s new recently upgraded radio chips. More than half of the world’s smartphones run on Qualcomm processors, including the Samsung Galaxy S phones. Nearly two-thirds use Qualcomm’s radios to connect to Wi-Fi and cellular networks, including Apple’s iPhones.