Qualcomm Sends the Snapdragon S4 Around the World On a Single Charge

We’ve already seen some pretty impressive benchmarking numbers for Qualcomm’s dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor when that chipset was pitted against competing quad-core Tegra 3 units where the S4 bests its counterpart. But with better performance, does battery life take a hit? Qualcomm is answering that in the negative and says that its dual-core S4 offers great performance and great battery life. The chip-maker sent a prototype Android smartphone hardware powered by its Snapdragon S4 chipset around the world and measured battery life.


For the test, Qualcomm recorded a short video clip, then packaged the prototype hardware and shipped it to the next destination where the same process was repeated. The phone traveled over 36,000 miles and traversed 8 continents and 9 different countries on a single charge.


Unfortunately, it still isn’t clear if Qualcomm had completely powered off the phone while it was in transit or if the company merely switched the device into airplane mode. It also isn’t clear how long the entire project lasted. We’ll definitely have to see how the S4 performs in real world testing on shipping phones, such as the HTC One XL for AT&T’s network in the U.S. before making any judgments about battery life.


With new technologies like bigger displays, higher resolution screens, more radios, and 4G LTE network support, smartphones will increasingly tax the life out of batteries. Any efforts helped to make the phones go longer on a single charge will be appreciated. We’ve seen various manufacturers try to optimize battery life with task management software, such as those found on recent Motorola smartphones, as well as including a more capacious battery, such as that on the Droid RAZR Maxx and the Huawei Ascend D quad XL.


Via: Android Community