LAS VEGAS — Qualcomm unveiled a new Snapdragon 810 processor today that is the brains behind a new curved smartphone from LG.
The new chip shows that Qualcomm is busy defending its franchise in mobile chips, even as rivals like Intel move into its market. Qualcomm has shipped more than a billion Snapdragon chips for Android devices to date.
The San Diego-based Qualcomm made the announcement at the 2015 International CES, the big tech trade show in Las Vegas this week. The new chip has support for 4K video streaming and 450 megabit-per-second download speeds for future wireless data networks. It also has a high-end Adreno 430 graphics component. Qualcomm showed how the Adrenoc could run graphics-intensive Unreal Engine game tech that was originally built for PCs.
LG announced its LG Gflex 2 curved-screen smartphone today at its own event. It is the first such device to use the Snapdragon 810.
The company also has its chips being used in 40 different connected car projects from 15 major manufacturers. Qualcomm also has chips in 15 products that are shipping in the wearable market.
“This is a sweet spot for Qualcomm,” said Derek Aberle, president of Qualcomm, at a press event at CES.
Walgreens will use Qualcomm technology to transmit data from remote-monitoring devices for health care.