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.
“Aside from money and aesthetics, though, there’s really no point to it. We’re all quibbling over whether Bluetooth audio is good enough, or whether or not dongles suck (they do). The official reasons are little more than platitudes about better designs and “being bold”. It’s hogwash, honestly. The only thing such a decision does is limit the kinds of experiences an individual can have on their smartphone. That is never a good thing.”
Editor’s Note: Will *not* buy a phone without a headphone jack. Period.