4 Android Smartphones With as Much Power as NASA’s Mars Helicopter

NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter artist concept (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)
NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter artist concept (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

The Ingenuity helicopter, which landed on Mars this week via the Perseverance rover, runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, while the rover itself has similar power to early iMacs.

Mars has a new inhabitant: the Snapdragon.

The common Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, which powers most of the Android smartphones in the US, is running inside Ingenuity, an autonomous drone now on Mars, Qualcomm says. It arrived on the Red Planet yesterday via the Perseverance rover (which uses a processor similar to those you’d find in early iMacs), and will be our first attempt to fly something in the atmosphere of Mars.

Source: 4 Android Smartphones With as Much Power as NASA’s Mars Helicopter

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