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    We've seen tremendous growth, or should we say miniaturization, when it comes to mobile processors. These are still not on par with their desktop counterparts, but in a way, that's kind of the idea, as mobile phones have much different priorities than computers. We've seen leaked roadmaps of ARM's new processor architecture to come soon, and even MediaTek's roadmap into the 10-core processor, and today we learn more about Qualcomm's plans. Qualcomm is reportedly working on a new Snapdragon 818 processor that has a lot of new tricks up its sleeve. For starters, this new processor will be ...

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    The Snapdragon 810 powers some of the highest-end phones on the market right now. And while it's the silicon behind devices like the HTC One M9, Qualcomm finds its SoC behind fewer top-tier devices than it might have just one year ago. Samsung, for instance, side-stepped Qualcomm altogether with the Exynos chips in the Galaxy S6, and the new LG G4 goes with the slightly (and we mean ever-so slightly) lower-end 808. Choices like those have helped fuel rumors of problems with the 810, and specifically claims of overheating. While in the months since that kind of talk ran rampant we've come ...

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    Over the years since smartphones became a "thing", specifications have been on a continual march upward. Processors have gotten faster (from megahertz in the hundreds to gigahertz in the plural), they've also added cores (with quad- and even octa-cores being commonplace). RAM has increased from a few dozen MB to a few GB. Storage has increased. Data speeds are through the roof! One area that hasn't seen much improvement over the years is battery capacity. Though battery capacities may still be lagging, OEMs are doing the next best thing: decreasing our charge times. I'm Joe Levi with ...

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    The Snapdragon 810 may be the system-on-a-chip powering the hot new smartphones of the moment – devices like the just-launched Sony Xperia Z4 – but the next big thing is already around the corner, and early last month Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 820. The big news for that chip sounded like it would be Qualcomm's move away from off-the-shelf Cortex A-series cores and to Qualcomm's custom Kyro microarchitecture, but we didn't have a ton of technical details at the time. As more information comes to light, there's a new report out that Qualcomm could be turning to a ...

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    By now you've heard the rumors that Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 SoC is "suffering from overheating issues". You're aware of the claims that the HTC One M9 gets "miserably hot". You've even seen what are purported to be thermal images of various devices, and the One M9 is glowing orange, ready to melt through the tabletop. But is any of it true? Tweakers.net published a very compelling image, one that (on first glance) would convince even the most vocal of naysayers. Unfortunately, it's not realistic.  The staff here at Pocketnow has used an HTC One M9 quite extensively, and on two ...

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    Cyanogen Inc. has its eye on expanding well beyond its roots as a custom ROM for tinkerers and hackers, and has spent over a year now working to get its software onto more and more commercial handsets. As it continues to grow, the firm has been looking to take on new investors, and rumors from earlier this year suggested that Microsoft could find itself becoming a major investor in Cyanogen. However, just last week we heard that this Microsoft investment would be occurring, after all. So who would end up funding Cyanogen's dreams for expansion? Today the company announces the details ...

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    One thing all of us have in common is the fact that all of our devices will eventually run out of power and need to be charged again. Doing so is a relatively simple process: plug your charging cable into a computer, wall wart, or specialty outlet - then wait. Back in the early days we had relatively small battery capacities and charging our phones didn't take too long. Today we have devices with thousands of mAh capacities that take all night to charge, but typically don't last all day! The solution from Apple and Samsung was to provide some "signaling tricks" which enabled their charges ...

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    MWC is always a great place to see the latest mobile devices, from smartwatches, to phones, to tablets and beyond. And while complete, commercial products are some of the easiest to get excited about, the expo also manages to bring us news about hot new components – the parts that aren't ready to start showing up in handsets just yet, but could be instrumental in next-generation models. Today Qualcomm had a few such developments to share with us, including a new Snapdragon processor, some advanced authentication tech, and a platform that will drive the future of its SoC lineup. That ...

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    For fans of HTC's smartphones, or even just those who appreciate some good pre-release info in general, today's proven to be an absolute treasure trove of insight into this still-unannounced handset. From still shots to video leaks, we're checking out the phone's hardware and software in ways usually reserved for launch day itself. This momentum isn't ready to break just yet, and now we turn our attention to the One M9's SoC, which Qualcomm sure seems to be teasing will be its Snapdragon 810. As you can see in the stills from Qualcomm's Vine teaser above (and in the video embedded below), ...

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    Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 may be the SoC that grabs the company most of its headlines these days, mired in controversy as it is. Luckily for Qualcomm, claims of overheating and sub-optimal performance are increasingly appearing to be overblown, and we find ourselves eagerly awaiting the launch of even more 810-powered hardware at MWC 2015 in a couple weeks. But high-end is just one fraction of the SoC market, and today Qualcomm revealed what's coming next for its mid-range offerings, announcing four new SoCs for its Snapdragon 400 and Snapdragon 600 series. Remember the ARM Cortex-A72 core ...

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    We've been hearing various Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 overheating reports. If these were only tied to Samsung -- remember, Samsung is reportedly ditching Qualcomm because of this purported issue -- we'd understand that the South Korean giant is bringing an excuse in order to push its own processors (as Samsung reportedly wants to enter the SoC game). However, according to a recent report, it looks like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 is actually running cooler than its 801 predecessor. The test setup includes a device available on the market running Snapdragon 801 on Full HD display, and a ...

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    Did someone at Qualcomm break a mirror? Accidentally splash a vengeful fortune-teller with their car and are now suffering the fallout of a hex? Because despite finding its chips in some of the hottest mobile devices around, the company seems to be having some very public bad luck as of late. Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 SoC is still mired in bad PR over reports of overheating (despite recent efforts to convince us the whole issue is overblown), and today we learn of a massive fine China just handed to the company over allegations of antitrust violations. More than just paying for chips ...

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    When talking about the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, it used to be that we were asking ourselves whether or not to believe rumors that the chip was a piece of junk, prone to overheating and generally not performing up to par. But as phone manufacturers like LG step up to stand behind the 810, while others like Samsung appear to be turning their backs on the SoC, the more appropriate question may be “is the 810 actually a bad chip, or is it just getting bad PR?” Qualcomm seems determined to do something about the beating the 810's getting in the press, and today released a statement that ...

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    The he-said-she-said rumor war over reported problems with Qualcomm's next-gen Snapdragon 810 SoC is starting to feel like it's going to keep on going until 810-based phones are finally in the hands of consumers and we can start putting this SoC through its paces. And with LG set to release G Flex 2 sales upon South Korea as of tomorrow, that day should be here soon enough. But until it arrives, we've got at least one more twist on this story to bring your way, as LG expands upon earlier comments it made about the 810's performance. Just about one week ago an LG exec made some public ...

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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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    Last week we've seen a DigiTimes report on how Samsung would ditch Qualcomm for its 2015 flagship, the Galaxy S 6, because of overheating issues. Apparently, as they say, where there's smoke there must be fire (pun intended), as a more recent Bloomberg report seems to talk about how we'll see no Snapdragon Galaxy S6 this year, despite just a few moments ago hearing the opposite (with regards to a 4GB Snapdragon Galaxy S 6 variant). Just like DigiTimes', Bloomberg's sources are anonymous as well, falling into the category of "people with direct knowledge of the matter". However, the story ...

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    Right now, the hot Qualcomm SoC everyone seems to be talking about is the Snapdragon 810: which phones will get the 810 first, and what do all those rumors of production issues mean for availability? And while the 810's top-shelf performance means that we'll be paying attention to it for some time to come, it's still a chip that was announced coming up on a year ago; when will the 810 find itself overshadowed by something new? While the “when” of that remains to be seen, a new leak attempts to help us out with the “what” a little bit, laying out Qualcomm's plans for its next ...

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    Is Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 SoC a big headache for everyone involved, or is the next-gen chip going to help supercharge 2015's smartphone lineup? Despite all the potential that appears to be there, the introduction of the 810 to consumer devices has been plagued by reports of hardware problems, incomplete software, and delays that would push back broad availability. Qualcomm's been doing its darnedest to downplay such allegations, but they've continued regardless. This week saw the launch of the newest Snapdragon 810-powered handset, the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro; does that mean that these ...

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    I've been rather impressed with the SoCs that Qualcomm has been releasing under the "Snapdragon" brand, and really fell in love with the chips with the S4 line up back in the day. The S4 Pro was the sought after processor for smartphones and tablets - back in 2012. As we all know, technology marches ever onward. Phones and tablets powered by the Snapdragon 800 series took center stage in 2014. Now that 2015 is upon is, there's a new generation of SoCs on deck, but the Snapdragon 810 is quite a bit different than any Snapdragon you've seen before. Not Krait Qualcomm makes the Snapdragon ...

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    With the launch of the LG G Flex 2 at CES 2015, and sales starting in South Korea later this month, the era of the Snapdragon 810 SoC is finally upon us. Sure, the chip debuted all the way back in April of last year, but it's taken this long to get the component into commercial smartphones. Why the wait? One rumor that was circulating about this time last month suggested that quite a few hardware problems were impacting the 810's arrival, with issues like overheating and RAM controller faults threatening to delay widespread availability. While Qualcomm was quick to insist that its plans ...

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    The International CES begins in just a few days, with major press conferences lined up for January 5. That means the world is gearing up for one of the biggest tech conventions of the year: a great tech-filled beginning to 2015. Because CES encompasses not just mobile tech but the tech world as a whole, it's easy to get lost in the torrent of information that comes from the show. To try to help consolidate all you might have been hearing, we've rounded up the biggest and most relevant mobile rumors all in one place, ordered by manufacturer. Without further ado, here's our CES 2015 rumor ...

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    Next Monday, technically before CES formally gets started, we'll be checking out the latest announcements from a whole mess of CES-attending companies during the expo's media day. That means press events from the likes of LG and Samsung, but we've also got component makers on the schedule, like Qualcomm. While that could lead to news of some next-gen silicon, the company is also thinking about the phones that its chips end up going into, and tweeted about just such a device a couple hours back. But just what phone is this, and from whom? Qualcomm dropped the image above with the note that ...

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    We're coming up on nine months now since Qualcomm announced its Snapdragon 810 SoC, and unless you're a lucky developer, you still haven't had a chance to play with a phone powered by one of these beasts. That day is coming soon, though, and with chip production reportedly on schedule, mass-market handsets with 810s at their hearts will be making their retail debut in 2015. When they get here, they could be even better equipped than we had initially expected, as we learn of plans for some next-gen-level LTE throughput. Forget what you know about LTE cat 4 or LTE cat 6 with its even higher ...

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    Right now, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 SoC is looking like one of the hottest contenders out there for the chip to power next-gen handsets. Or at least, it was, prior to the arrival of rumors last week claiming that serious issues were standing in the way of this component's success, and that performance and overheating problems could potentially derail plans to get the 810 into phones slated for launch in the early part of 2015. Should we be worried for the fate of devices like the Galaxy S6, HTC One M9, LG G4, and others? Qualcomm doesn't address many of those allegations directly, but it ...

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