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Qualcomm's New Chips for Earbuds Include Dynamic Head Tracking

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Nov 16, 2022, 6:00 PM   by Rich Brome   @rbrome

Qualcomm has unveiled the Qualcomm S5 and S3 Gen 2 sound platforms, chips intended to power a range of Bluetooth audio products, including high-end and mid-range earbuds, as well as Bluetooth speakers. The big new feature is Dynamic Head Tracking for Spatial Audio, which maintains the perceived positions of sounds as you move your head. Other updates in the Gen 2 chips include improved lossless music streaming and 48ms latency between phone and earbud for lag-free gaming. The chips also fully support Bluetooth Auracast, the new broadcast feature of LE Audio that allows many people to simultaneously listen to a single audio source. Snapdragon Sound features like Dynamic Head Tracking for Spatial Audio are optimized to work with newer Snapdragon chips in phones, such as the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 that was announced yesterday. Commercial products based on the new chips are expected in the second half of 2023.

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Editor in Chief Rich became fascinated with cell phones in 1999, creating mobile web sites for phones with tiny black-and-white displays and obsessing over new phone models. Realizing a need for better info about phones, he started Phone Scoop in 2001, and has been helming the site ever since. Rich has spent two decades researching and covering every detail of the phone industry, traveling the world to tour factories, interview CEOs, and get every last spec and photo Phone Scoop readers have come to expect. As an industry veteran, Rich is a respected voice on phone technology of the past, present, and future.

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