We’re all familiar with the name Qualcomm, the SoC manufacturer that uses their famous Snapdragon processors in a wide range of smartphones over the years. Big phone companies such as HTC, LG, Samsung, Sony, and others all use, or have used, Snapdragon SoCs at one time or another. Qualcomm is now trying to put their chips in drones and the name of the platform is called “Snapdragon Flight.”
Starting out with some specs on the Snapdragon Flight board, it’ll have a Snapdragon 801 processor, quick charge capability (because why not allow drones to have it?), dual cameras supporting 4k video, dual band 2×2 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and GNSS location. Feature wise, the Qualcomm drone comes with autonomous mode that allows the drone to fly home on its own when it hits point B from A with motion planning and obstacle planning so any obstacles in the way the drone will not run into them thanks to the built in sensors and cameras.
As we all know drones can be pretty expensive, but Qualcomm might be changing that with quadrocopters that offer 4k video thanks to Snapdragon Flight. They estimate the cost of 4k camera drones could drop in price from $1,200 down to about the $300 to $400 price range and keeping the battery life around an hour — which most 4K drones are unable to do today. If this is pulled off, then getting a drone with these capabilities can be bought at the price of a beginner drone that’s out on the market now.
We’ll find out more of what the company has in store at CES 2016 that starts next week. Qualcomm getting into drones is pretty cool, but do you think they’re doing this to compete against other quadrocopter manufacturers of just to try out something new? Let us know by leaving your comments down below, or on Google+, Facebook, or Twitter.Source: Android Authority