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    The iPhone 7 uses one of two cellular modems. CDMA variants get a Qualcomm modem while insurgent supplier Intel covers the GSM versions. And boy, have T-Mobile customers been getting the butt end of things with an iOS 10 update that screwed up cellular connectivity. Here's the ironic issue that leads into this story: some T-Mobile customers were able to rejigger their older iPhone's radios by toggling Airplane Mode on and off. In this unrelated case, an AT&T iPhone 7 unit only has its cellular problems exacerbated with the on-and-off of Airplane Mode. Yasser El-Haggan reported ...

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    HTC defines itself with the lines it draws from smartphones to smartwear. But it hasn't been filling in those lines with cash money for awhile. As the company continues to plot its course away from the rut that was the One M9, it decides to do so by adding zeal to the Desire series — once remarkable, recently less so. Maybe the Desire 10 Pro and Desire 10 Lifestyle can shake things up. You may surmise some of the traits on these two mid-rangers come out of the HTC 10, a phone that received critical acclaim, but has battled market tailwinds. Features like 24-bit audio playback plus, in ...

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    Samsung's Exynos chipsets currently use GPUs based on ARM's reference design, the Mali-T series. But that blueprint could change as early as next year, if talks with NVIDIA or AMD work out for a intellectual property licensing deal. That's the word according to SamMobile at this stage, with NVIDIA rumored to be a likelier choice at this point with its Pascal heterogeneous system architecture. AMD, however, has its Polaris HSA that will be working on the PlayStation 4 Pro (announced the same day as the iPhone 7) when it gets released in November. An Exynos product with HSA could come ...

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    If manufacturers want to take their work on the Snapdragon 820 SoC to things above smartphones and tablets, — say, an all-in-one VR headset — then Qualcomm has just laid out a "square one" for them. The Snapdragon VR820 gives developers reference hardware in designing software and content experiences for consumers who happen to be interested in Snapdragon 820-powered wireless headsets. The San Diego chip designer hitched with Shenzhen-based manufacturer Goertek to build the device and pack it with four microphones. dual-camera eye tracking and two external cameras to support six ...

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    Qualcomm's Snapdragon 821 was publicized several weeks ago as a reasonable (if only small) improvement above the meaty main train of the Snapdragon 820. Seriously, a 10 percent jump in speed? That's it? Well, Qualcomm is putting a bit more spin to its promoting game for the 821. It has expanded that 10 percent improvement figure over to faster boots, faster app launches and... well, not "smoother, more responsive user interactions," but all that stuff about speed? 10 percent speedier. There's also been a 5 percent jump in the speed of the Adreno 530 GPU and a 5 percent savings in power. ...

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    Two iterations of the Galaxy A series has brought some big specification bumps and some major edits as to what we should think of as an "mid-range" phone at a "mid-range" price. At the same time, though, there are several Chinese competitors we should also thank. We also observe that Samsung's entry-level projects have moved down from the C- and J-series to its Tizen phones. All that said, we're now looking at some new Galaxy A phones for next model year. SamMobile reports that the Galaxy A3 (2017), the Galaxy A5 (2017) and the Galaxy A7 (2017) will get their releases soon. They will all ...

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    While Android users tend to almost exclusively point the finger at the manufacturers of their devices or mobile carriers for delays in update deliveries or premature software support termination, there are actually a number of criteria a phone has to meet before getting an essential OS makeover. And sometimes, it’s not the OEM’s fault at all a product that still seems relatively powerful is no longer eligible for a new Android flavor. Case in point, the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact. Sony recently hinted at Marshmallow marking the end of the upgrade road for both two-year-olds, with a ...

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    One of the LeEco devices we've been watching the past few months has been the Le 2s Pro. Between the Le 2s and this phone, there's been dual-camera talk, speculation about 8GB of RAM and which advanced Snapdragon 820 processor these two will get. Well, another Le 2s Pro (or LE X720, if it helps) post has popped up on Weibo and this one's a doozy. There's no dual-camera module — just a camera on the top left of the back. The 5.46-inch full HD screen is said to come from JDI. Diagnostics leaked of the device list the motherboard as the one from the Snapdragon 820, but the poster mentions ...

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    Hey! Want a 4K Android or Windows 10 Mobile tablet with a 21-megapixel camera on the back and a 13-megapixel selfie shooter? How about front facing speakers? 802.11 ad Wi-Fi (utilizing 60GHz band streams)? Temperature sensor, heart rate sensor, all kinds of go-okay, you've read the headline, let's cut to the chase. If you're really into hacking things up for your own personal gain, go ahead and see if you can pick up Qualcomm's new Mobile Development Platform Smartphone and/or Tablet. Both are run by a Snapdragon 820 with all the goodies inside of it — the Adreno 520 GPU and the Hexagon ...

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    BlackBerry's main stake in the mobile industry is security. If it can't tout the hardware it comes out with as a unique selling point, it's got to be security, security, security. And secure it has for its DTEK50 and Priv phones. The company's first Android smartphones that were vulnerable to the last of the unpatched Qualcomm-based Quadrooter vulnerabilities have been patched. The update can be pulled down from the settings menu and will be sent out to users within the week. It will be available on devices bought new from ShopBlackBerry. Google said that it would deliver a patch of its ...

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    Qualcomm could be preparing another update to its silicon offerings this year with another move in the top of the mid-range. Indian import-export database Zauba has taken in what looks to be a Qualcomm mobile applications chipset labeled MSM8976SG. The MSM8976 part number already is tied to the Snapdragon 652 (formerly the 620). Phone Arena suggests that the "SG" could stand for "second generation". Indeed, we see a speed bump with the top set of four cores running at a maximum of 2GHz (up from 1.8GHz) while the lower-speed one can run at 1.4GHz. There's a 621MHz GPU. Like its existing ...

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    It's been a hot summer for LeEco with some big pickups and big collaborations. But the company, formerly referred to as LeTV, also broke big boundaries as a meteoric champion in the smartphone industry earlier this year with the Max Pro being the first smartphone to sport Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 processor. Can it cross the line again and debut the first phone with 8GB of RAM? Maybe. Just maybe, with something called a Le 2S that may have just gotten some leakage posted onto Chinese social media. This phone's said to also have a Snapdragon 821, something bandied about in rumors of other ...

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    Update: This article has been updated to reflect information about 4x4 MIMO technology in relation to the Snapdragon 820 given to us from Qualcomm. The Snapdragon 820 can support 4x4 cellular multiple input-multiple output, but you'd be struck to find a phone manufacturer willing to stuff four cellular antennas into their device. Well, the Galaxy Note 7 can claim to be the first phone that utilizes 4x4 MIMO. Ideally, 4x4 MIMO would handle networks that could use four physical streams of data. T-Mobile does not have such an infrastructure active yet, so, according to folks on the ...

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    Google already had three vulnerabilities patched of the four publicized by Check Point Security over the weekend. It had them patched since Android 4.2. That's the conclusion we're getting from Google's statement on the Quadrooter vulnerabilities found in Qualcomm-based Android devices, a device group totaling in the neighborhood of 900 million. A spokesperson wrote to Android Central that: Our Verify Apps and SafetyNet protections help identify, block, and remove applications that exploit vulnerabilities like these. Hit the source link for the full statement. The Verify Apps feature ...

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    Another Def Con convention down and developers have people talking about this year's Stagefright. Security company Check Point is publicizing four major Android vulnerabilities that it is dubbing as a package, "Quadrooter," found in Qualcomm-made chipsets. Snapdragons are estimated to be on about 900 million Android handsets from the Nexus devices to Samsung, HTC to LG, BlackBerry to Blackphone. Any malware presents itself as an app that the user may install, but for the malware to target these four vulnerabilities, it does not have to request for any special permissions. Access through ...

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    While one-third of an inch can make all the difference in smartphone usability, when a screen port steps down that kind of increment and the device takes an apparent decrease in power, you'd expect to pay less for that derivative as compared to the original product. Instead, one Weibo user is suggesting that it won't happen that way. He leaked out a sketchy sketch-art poster promoting the octa-core processor of the Redmi Pro Mini. Such a phone is listed to have a 5.2-inch full HD OLED screen (0.3 inches smaller than the Redmi Pro's screen to be precise) with 2.5D glass atop it, a 4Ah ...

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    With patent disputes piling on and on throughout the years, here's a respite courtesy of Qualcomm and OPPO. OPPO has licensed Qualcomm's 3G and 4G technology patents for use in China, which means that we'll see a whole bunch of Snapdragon processors in future devices. Qualcomm laid patent infringement complaints against competitor Meizu about a month ago in Beijing and Shanghai intellectual property courts. The moves were part of a bid to get the manufacturer back at the table negotiating license terms. Details have yet to appear about the processor on OPPO's next major release, the F1s. ...

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    The Meizu PRO 6 still feels just about new and it doesn't seem fair to talk about its successor right now, but the vice president of the company is talking and he's talking processor power. In a group chat, Li Nan said that the PRO 7 would not be using an Exynos 8890 processor because the chipset doesn't support all three of China's cellular networks. An upcoming Exynos chip may have that support, but we don't have any indication that Meizu will take it up. Qualcomm chips likely won't make the cut, either. Despite rumors that an Exynos 8890 would be coming to either a revised PRO 6 or an ...

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    This supposed phablet started out in the rumor mills as the Samsung Galaxy Note 6. Since then, we've been trying to parse together the ins and outs, the hairpins and straightaways, and all of the jokes claiming that six was too afraid of seven because the marketing team got involved. We are T minus five days to the next Samsung Unpacked event in New York, which is where we expect the Galaxy Note 7 to be launched. What better time to look back at how we, the tech media, have built this speculative motherboard up? Power The Note's legacy has been to be the leading edge of how much horsepower ...

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    Lost in the moment of the Moto Z lineup is Lenovo's PHAB lineup, a more obscure trio of phones with one bearing the distinction of being the fruit of Lenovo and Google's Project Tango partnership. That said, Lenovo didn't switch away from its international "Vibe" branding, it only just added to it. So, what ends up being this "LENOVO Lenovo P2c72" in the end, we'll have to find out. But check out the specs on this Geekbench run: It's a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 with 4GB of RAM providing the power and the pretty hefty scores, here. We can't make heads or tails of the model name so far, but ...

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    Pokémon Go is already huge and it's getting huger! LG is whittling back expectations for the G5, but can a V20 pull the company out of its doldrums. Plus this week our viewers take the wheel. Ask us anything (tech related), and we're going to answer it! Make sure you're charged and ready for episode 209 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video broadcast from 2:00pm Eastern on July 14th (click here for your local time), or check out the high-quality audio version right here. And don't forget to shoot your listener mail to podcast [AT] pocketnow [DOT] com for a shot at getting your ...

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    If you’re wondering why Qualcomm would already look to introduce “something to replace what many consider the best mobile processor available today”, it turns out that won’t actually happen until spring, when the Snapdragon 830 will probably see daylight inside the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S8. For now, the San Diego-based semiconductor giant and unchallenged market leader merely wants to “complement and extend the competitive strengths of the Snapdragon 800 lineup.” Enter the 821 (not 823), expected by some to power the fall wave of Android high-enders, Galaxy Note 7 and ...

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    The M1 crawls from the edge of London all the way up through the Midlands up to Aberford in West Yorkshire where it meets up with the A1. We say it crawls because the M1, also a codename for a rumored HTC-made Google Nexus device this year, seems to be crawling and holding itself back. The device, also known as "Marlin," now appears in a Geekbench log running Android N — because duh — and a quad-core Qulacomm processor, clocked at the ever-so-common 1.59GHz. It manages some meaty scores similar to this year's other Android flagships on a Snapdragon 820. The motherboard entry would ...

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    In case you’re still scratching your heads in confusion as to Google and Lenovo’s decision to fit an arguably middling processor under the hood of the world’s road-opening consumer phone based on Project Tango, Qualcomm just came forward with an enlightening confession. It turns out the Phab 2 Pro packs a Snapdragon 652 not only to keep the retail pricing bar comparatively low to mainstream Android flagships from Samsung, HTC or LG. It’s also about certain “Tango-specific software optimizations”, which the San Diego-headquartered semiconductor giant first executed on the 652… ...

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    This week has come up to be an unexpectedly busy one. Tomorrow, the Nubia Z11 finally launches. Two days after and we're dealing with the vivo X7. Right in the middle on Wednesday, though, we have what LeEco is teasing to be your next "hero" smartphone. And we have a supposed sneak peek, thanks to Chinese social media, of what it may look like and what hardware it might have. A Weibo post purports to show off the back casing of a LeEco phone-to-be (model name LE-X720) with iPhone 7 rumor-esque antenna line design, a port for a fingerprint sensor and a giant landing pad for the cameras with ...

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