Chipmaker Qualcomm landed itself in hot water at the CES 2017 while launching its latest Snapdragon 835 chipset.
The smartphone which was used by Qualcomm to give the demonstration was rumored to be the upcoming Nokia 8 model. A series of pictures and videos of the said Nokia 8 taken by a YouTube user called Total Tech spread like wildfire all over the world.
The news created such an uproar online and made Qualcomm release an official statement on Jan. 13, 2017, denying that the handset used at the CES 2017 was the Nokia 8.
Qualcomm spokesperson Catherine Baker said that the company never discloses details of the reference design.
"We've seen a few stories rumoring what we demonstrated in our CES booth to be Nokia device, those reports are not accurate, our 835 demos were on our own reference design devices which we use to demo our Snapdragon SOC's every year," said Baker
Apparently, the handsets used by Qualcomm were its own reference handsets which the company uses every year to demonstrate new chipsets.
Nokia 8 Rumored Specs
The leaked pictures and videos of the rumored Nokia 8 phone claimed that the handset came with a Snapdragon 835 chipset along with a 5.7 inch Quad HD display, a 24MP OIS- and EIS-enabled rear-facing camera, as well as a 12MP front-facing camera.
YouTuber Total Tech claimed that the Nokia 8 would come in two variants. One equipped with Snapdragon 821 and 4 GB of RAM and the more premium version would come with Snapdragon 835 with 6 GB of RAM.
Previous rumors have hinted at a microSD card support of 256 GB for both the variants, with 64 GB internal memory storage for the Snapdragon 821 powered handset and 128 GB on-board memory storage for the Snapdragon 835 powered variant.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Processor To Introduce More Support For Google TensorFlow
Snapdragon 835 which was recently launched at the CES 2017 will provide more support for Google TensorFlow, an open source software library for improved performance.
Thanks to this technology, the AI apps will run faster as Snapdragon 835 will now position a 10 nm FinFet process node ensuring better performance and compatibility for TensorFlow.
The unique feature of Snapdragon 835 is that it is 35 percent smaller in size and uses 25 percent less battery power that the earlier chipsets, enabling a long lasting battery life for the device.
The chipset will also provide enhanced camera capabilities and life-like virtual reality and augmented reality experiences. Snapdragon 835 will offer support for Bluetooth 5.0 and will ensure download speeds of 1 gigabit per second.
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