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    Some phones languish around in the rumor-space for what feels like forever, dropping hints of their existence here and there, but failing to generate a lot of buzz and proceed to launch on a timeline where we still care about them. Then there are those phones that waste no time at all in going from early rumors, to tons of evidence, to a formal launch. Huawei's upcoming Honor V8 feels a lot more like one of those latter handsets, and we've gone from a teaser just one week back, to news about possible pricing, to spotting the phone (with pics) in a regulatory database. Now we're fleshing ...

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    Like the Galaxy S6? Like the Note 5? How about the S7 edge? Is it running as smooth as you'd like? Chances are that an Exynos system on a chip makes that happen. That chipset? Yep, it's made by Samsung. Samsung's been expanding its semiconductor production aggressively with mid-range and top-end products for vendors to use. While Taiwanese competitor TSMC does have an upper edge in serving the lucrative Apple, the chaebol has been making ground elsewhere — including silicon giant Qualcomm, producing its Snapdragon 820 processors. Executives from the unit have been at the company's San ...

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    In case you were wondering just how badly last year’s Snapdragon 810 overheating snafus hurt Qualcomm’s overall SoC sales, it turns out things weren’t so very grim. In fact, QCM retained its global smartphone AP domination, according to research by Strategy Analytics, somehow managing to account for more than the combined market shares of the industry’s first and second runner-ups. That’s right, Snapdragon silicon controlled 42 percent of revenue generated by smartphones sold worldwide in 2015, while Apple-designed chips grabbed 21 percent, and MediaTek’s fast-rising ...

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    When we're talking about Samsung SoCs these days, more often than not we're thinking about something along the lines of the Exynos 8 Octa, the advanced chip slated to power the upcoming Galaxy S7 in select markets. And while that's clearly the future of Samsung flagships, there's still plenty of life left in the old Exynos 7 Octa line, whose processors powered last year's devices. Today Samsung sheds a little light on where those chips are headed next as the company announces the new Exynos 7 Octa 7870, destined for upcoming mid-range handsets. Like the 7420 that we found at the heart of ...

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    With Qualcomm pretty clearly out of contention for the title of last year’s fastest and most reliable smartphone SoC, due to Snapdragon 810’s highly publicized overheating woes and SD808’s sub-flagship capabilities, you have to figure Samsung and Apple ultimately disputed the crown. Technically, Nvidia could have posed a threat too, but its otherwise impressive Tegra X1 silicon only saw daylight inside an Android TV set-top box, with the Google Pixel C tablet nowhere to be found on store shelves yet. As for MediaTek, the budget-first Chinese chip maker remains too small a player for ...

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    Companies manufacturing smartphones have dozens of options when it comes to choosing the chips that power them, and despite the presence of some big names in SoC-production, it sounds like more and more of these companies are looking to some less-traditionally-popular alternatives. Last month we heard that Lenovo could be among the phone-makers looking to throw its own hat into the SoC-making ring, but before it gets there, the company may turn to Samsung for a taste of its Exynos action, as rumors suggest Lenovo could launch a handset running the Exynos 8870. The 8870, as you may recall, ...

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    Can we call the Priv a success just yet? Maybe not just yet. After all, we don't dispute the power of real numbers and we have a lack of them right now. We also lack concrete evidence of a further BlackBerry push for the Android ecosystem, other than an all-points render. Add this to the iffy picture pile as five GFXBench runs dated from November 7 have been logged with a test device called the "Blackberry STV100-1." The BlackBerry Priv, by the way, runs under the callsign "STV100-x" and obviously doesn't run with an Samsung-made Exynos processor. The Exynos 7420 in particular has been ...

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    Forget mixed signals, Sony is reportedly as serious as it’s ever been about growing smartphone sales and profitability, despite recently closing e-shop in Europe, and posting a quarterly mobile loss for the umpteenth consecutive time. If the Xperia Z5 trio can’t put the Japanese tech giant’s Android business on the right track, even more could ride on the Z6, which believe it or not, may pack a processor developed in-house to compete against top-shelf Qualcomm Snapdragons and MediaTek Helios. How did Sony reach this ambitious, no doubt money, time and resource-consuming decision ...

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    As is often the case with “next-gen” flagship Samsung devices, anything goes in the rumor mill several months prior to an official announcement. Some insiders say the Galaxy S7, S7 Edge and Edge+ could all land together, which sounds terribly confusing, especially since each model may debut in three sub-variants, depending on region targeted and processor used. Speaking of SoCs though, it seems nearly guaranteed already the Samsung Galaxy S7 will alternatively pack a Snapdragon 820 and homebrewed Exynos 8890. The former reportedly needs custom work to avoid its predecessor’s ...

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    Although Samsung is rumored to prepare a Snapdragon 820 backup for one or two main Galaxy S7 configurations with Exynos inside, and the upper mid-range Galaxy A9 should pack SD620 heat, the Korean company’s homebrewed line of processors is likely to expand its reach even further in 2016. At least a couple of non-flagship Exynos chips are reportedly in the pipeline, and after hearing the 7880 could power future additions to the Galaxy A roster, a Weibo leakster has disclosed a few specifics about the SoC. Developed precisely to take on (or offer an alternative to) Qualcomm’s Snapdragon ...

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    Samsung’s numerous tentacles have spread to cover many segments of the multifaceted tech industry of late, and Android smartphone distribution is just one little component of a tremendously well-oiled cash machine. Speaking of components, the Korean giant should turn things around as far as profits go by the end of the year thanks chiefly to chip production, not handheld sales, which continue to drift on account of market saturation. Unlike fabless companies Qualcomm, MediaTek or Nvidia, Samsung has the necessary facilities and expertise to actually build Exynos processors, not only ...

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    This year marked a resurgence for Samsung's in-house Exynos SoCs, as the Exynos 7420 took the spotlight as the sole chip chosen to power the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5 – no Snapdragon-based variants this time around. While Samsung may well to return to that Exynos/Snapdragon split for future flagships, it should do so with some even more capable Exynos chips at its disposal, and we've already heard about possible plans for the Exynos 8890 (or Exynos M1). Now a new rumor helps flesh out the company's development work on future Exynos chips a little more thoroughly, revealing among other ...

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    This year for flagships like the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5, Samsung broke from tradition. It had long been that the company would use its own Exynos chips for some regional variants of these handsets, while relying on Qualcomm and its Snapdragon chips for the rest. Instead, 2015 has seen Samsung double-down on the Exynos, releasing no Snapdragon-powered version of these phones. We've already heard rumors claiming that Samsung could reverse course for its next iteration, though, and return to Qualcomm to use the company's Snapdragon 820 in the Galaxy S7. We saw some evidence for that idea ...

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    Samsung has proven that its Exynos processor is good enough to leave Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon in the dirt for its current flagship smartphones. Historically we've noticed that Snapdragons were more reliable in performing when compared to Exynos processors on Galaxy Note variants, but we knew it was only a matter of time before that changed. Today we learn of new Samsung developments in this arena, but this time, for other OEMs. GFX benchmarks have just revealed the existence of a new Exynos 7580, but instead of powering a Samsung smartphone, we see the chip on the new TCL P650M. As ...

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    Ounce-for-ounce, smartwatches offer some of the highest performance-to-size ratios of any mobile electronics. They may not seem like technical powerhouses just yet, as developers still struggle to tap into their full potential, but the silicon's there: just look at the Snapdragon 400 SoCs in many current-gen Android Wear models. That might make for a mid-range phone experience, but when you're only dealing with a tiny smartwatch screen, you've got performance to spare. Now a new rumor suggests that some upcoming smartwatches could be looking to seriously step up their SoC game, hooking ...

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    We first learned of Samsung's Exynos 5433 SoC last summer, the 64-bit octa-core processor that would end up powering the Galaxy Note 4. Why that originally looked like it might land under the umbrella of the Exynos 5 lineup, last fall Samsung formally designated it as the first Exynos 7 chip. While a very capable chip in its own right, Samsung's already looking to give the Exynos 7 Octa a little boost, and today announced that it's beginning mass fabrication under a new 14nm process. The existing Exynos 7 Octa in the Note 4 is a 20nm chip, just like the Exynos 5 Octa you'll find in the ...

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    Android 5.0 Lollipop went official all the way back in October – well, earlier even, if you count its days as “Android L” - before going public with the release of the Nexus 9 in early November. In the weeks since, manufacturers have been working to get their own Lollipop updates ready for their respective Android families. More often than not, that means delivering updates for flagship models first, and Samsung's work with the Galaxy S5 was no exception: following initial availability in December, we're already seeing the update spread to carriers in the US. And while that sounds ...

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    What chips will be at the heart of Samsung's Galaxy S6, expected to launch in just a matter of weeks? We're used to seeing a two-tiered approach, with Samsung splitting its production run between models running its own Exynos SoCs, and those powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon chips. But this year, amidst rumors of Snapdragon 810 fabrication and performance issues, there's been talk that Samsung could forgo Qualcomm's involvement entirely and commit to using its Exynos chips across all SKUs. We looked at just such a rumor yesterday, and while nothing's yet official, some new information from ...

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    Folks, this topic will either become subject to one of the most accurate reports and leaks of the year so far, or it will turn out to be the biggest smoke curtain/rumor fails of 2015. TL;DR: the next Samsung flagship will not pack Qualcomm's latest and greatest, the Snapdragon 810. There were a lot of Samsung Galaxy S6 Snapdragon 810 rumors going on lately, and this one claims that it will simply not happen because Samsung wants to compete, even in the SoC business, with the application processor-maker Qualcomm. According to the report, Samsung will favor its own, in-house, Exynos SoC, and ...

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    Tomorrow is December 6. And while that date may not mean a lot on its own, it marks the one month point from the official start of CES 2015, taking place in Las Vegas from January 6 through 9. Smartphone companies have already been getting their PR machines running, announcing plans for their respective CES press events: we heard from Sony a few weeks back, and earlier today we were talking about Xiaomi's plans. But now it's time for one of the biggest brands in mobile tech to schedule its own CES event, as Samsung clues us in to its pre-CES press conference. Samsung's event will start the ...

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    It's harder than ever to compete in the mobile system-on-a-chip space these days, if for no other reason than the presence of juggernauts like Qualcomm with both such a variety of SoC designs, as well as a pipeline that seems to constantly be delivering newly improved chips, that there barely seems to be an opening for any serious competition. Nonetheless, opponents have persisted with their efforts, especially when it comes to device makers themselves with their own custom SoC layouts. Samsung's found itself at the forefront of that struggle, with its Exynos-series components powering (at ...

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    When you're talking about trucks or race cars, once you get past how one of them looks, it's the engine which is important. It's got to be built very intelligently to maximize the energy that's being put into it (in the form of gasoline and oxygen) and convert it into mechanical energy that either enables it to pull heavy loads or makes it go fast. The engine isn't the only component in the equation, that's for sure. The transmission has got to be matched to the engine, and the exhaust has to be sized appropriately or it will choke. What do race cars, trucks, and engines have to do with ...

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    It was back in early June when we first started talking about Samsung's Exynos 5433, the latest upgrade to the company's line of SoCs. Among the many devices those early 5433 rumors were tied to was the Galaxy Note 4, and sure enough, that's the chip that powers the international version of Samsung's new phablet. So far, all the various Exynos 5400-series chips have been Exynos 5 Octas of one kind or another – from the 5410 in the Note 4 to the 5430 in the Galaxy Alpha – but the 5433 is special: unlike those other models with 32-bit Cortex A15 and A7 cores, the 5433 moves up to ...

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    In the months leading up to the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S5, we talked about a number of features that ultimately didn't make the cut. Those included things like that Quad HD display that eventually landed on the GS5 LTE-A edition (and might just return for this Galaxy Alpha that's at the center of the latest Samsung gossip), as well as some slightly more “out there” ideas like an iris scanner to authenticate users. We had some big concerns about the practicality of such a system from the first time we heard the idea, but those became a moot point when the feature failed to arrive. ...

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    Yesterday Samsung brought us news that something was about to happen with its Exynos lineup of SoCs. We popped-on our speculation caps (patent pending) and took a few stabs at working out what Samsung might have in store for us today. Some new low-power offerings? News about 64-bit components? As it turns out, all those guesses missed the mark, but what we got is still pretty noteworthy in its own right, as Samsung unveils its Exynos ModAP chip with integrated LTE radio. Remember all the multiple hardware configurations we've come to expect from Samsung phones, with a few key version ...

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