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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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    Qualcomm went official with its 64-bit Snapdragon 810 SoC all the way back in April. The octa-core chip with its Adreno 430 GPU will feature in its first dev hardware in just a couple weeks, while rumors are already looking forward to its presence in anticipated 2015 flagships. As we await the 810's arrival, some interesting new details about the chip's performance are surfacing, though they're tempered by separate rumors of hardware problems and possible shortages. First up, that technical note: the 810's clock speed has just been revealed. Mobile SoCs have done a decent job in recent ...

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    It's rarely good news when we start a story out with the caveat “you won't be buying this hardware,” but every once in a while some very much not-consumer-focused gear becomes available that's just so mouth-watering, we can't help ourselves but to share it with you. Back in April we took a look at Qualcomm's tablet development platform to highlight its then-new Snapdragon 805. Now it's time for the next generation of that hardware to emerge, as both a smartphone and tablet dev model packing Snapdragon 810 chips emerge. Let's start with the phone, which at 6.2 inches is indisputably in ...

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    Why is it so hard to make a phone that just works everywhere? There are only so many wireless standards, and so many frequency bands, so why isn't there a phone that can do it all? Sure, we see some models that really make a good show of delivering a handset with broad international support, but the days of separate US and European versions of the same phones continue. But what if we told you that some of these seemingly restricted phones were secretly super-charged global roamers, just waiting to be activated? That's what some devs are working on now, as they bring enhanced band support ...

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    Display panels on smartphones and tablets keep getting more and more pixels, pack those pixels into denser and denser areas, and have even broke free of the 2D plane for some wrap-around curved action. But for all these advancements, sometimes progress just doesn't seem to move quickly enough in one of the most important areas: power consumption. We've been teased by the promise of super-low-power displays utilizing new technologies for years, like the interferometric panel on the Qualcomm Toq smartwatch, but issues with practicality have largely kept the phone and tablet race to an LCD ...

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    While processors admittedly aren't the most interesting part of mobile devices these days – though many obsess over them – they are the brains behind the functioning of handsets, and thus a critical component of our smartphones. When it comes to low-end phones, one of the places cost-reducing measures are taken is the processor, with there routinely being a lack of LTE support and other such things at this kind of price point. So that's why the Qualcomm Snapdragon 210, announced just today, has piqued our interest: it brings LTE, in addition to a host of other features, to low-end ...

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    At this point, with so many IFA 2014 product launches out of the way, it's starting to become very clear which devices we just aren't going to see announced. Yes, rumors did an excellent job this year at predicting what we'd see debut, but not every thread has led somewhere fruitful. In the days leading up to the expo, we heard about HTC's rumored smartwatch plans, with the company supposedly working on a pair of models that would arrive this month. So why hasn't there been a peep about these at IFA? According to a new source, it's because HTC has ended up getting cold feet, and has ...

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    It was not too long ago that we saw the HTC Desire 820 go official and rounded up its specs, and now it's hands-on time. We've checked out the 64-bit processor, the 5.5-inch HD screen, the BoomSound speakers, the powerful 8MP selfie cam, and the everything else. And it's all available right down for you below in our HTC Desire 820 hands-on video. One of the most unique features of the Desire 820 is the 64-bit architecture afforded by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 system-on-a-chip. As we mentioned, there's a 720p display that's big and bold, and the media experience is rounded out by the ...

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    HTC has just gone official with the Desire 820, so it's time to look inside what claims to be the heir to the Desire 816's throne. Can it stack up on paper? We've laid the full list of specs out for you down below in a complete HTC Desire 820 specs list. The Desire 820 has seen bumps up in what look to be all the right places, but we can't give you the final word on that until HTC lends us a review unit and we can put it to the test in our labs. Stay tuned for hands-on coverage of this phone and other IFA announcements throughout the course of the day, and be sure to check in with all of ...

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    The Desire 816 was quite successful as a midranger for HTC, racking up plenty of sales overseas and earning praise in our full review of it – we called it a "mid-tier phone with flagship DNA," so a successor naturally has us intrigued. The HTC Desire 820 has gone official today as a 64-bit Android, and it's looking to set "a new benchmark for mid-range smartphones." With an 8MP front-facing camera in tow, the Desire 820 is one sweet smartphone when it comes to (front-firing) imaging capabilities. There are camera features that make interesting use of this, like real-time Live Makeup and ...

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    Smartphones with 64-bit SoCs are already here, and someday they'll almost certainly outnumber phones built around 32-bit components. But between now and then there's a huge gap, and it's one that manufacturers have been slow to cross. Apple may have its 64-bit SoCs in full swing, but companies like Qualcomm have been taking their time; the firm announced basic 64-bit chips last year, and even some higher-end ones this year, but we've yet to see them make their way into phones (at least, finished models). Now a newly leaked roadmap attempts to spell out what's next for the company, ...

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    There's a fight going on right now, one that's been waging for years, over who really controls our smartphones. When you buy a phone, are you just purchasing the right to use it within the constraints the manufacturer lays out, or should you have the ability to do whatever you like on it, going so far as to install alternate operating systems? Buried within the software that powers our phones is the bootloader, the code that acts as the gatekeeper; unlocked, you can basically do as you please, but locked-down and you're at the whim of the OEM. To their credit, many manufacturers have been ...

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    Last fall, we saw chipmaker Qualcomm announce its first 64-bit Snapdragon SoC, the Snapdragon 410. Just a few months following Apple's launch of the iPhone 5S with a 64-bit A7 SoC of its own, Android fans were eager to learn when 64-bit capabilities would come to their platform, and Qualcomm seemed eager to provide the answer. In the time since then, we've seen Qualcomm announce additional 64-bit SoCs, but we're still waiting for that trailblazing 410 to show up in a commercial device – word back then was that the first might arrive in the second half of 2014. As we near that point, ...

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    "In the past, Qualcomm would just offer the chips and the manufacturer would do the whole device", said David Tokunaga, one of Qualcomm's senior directors in product management. Chip manufacturers, however, in order to increase their own business, are helping out their own customers (smartphone makers). They do that by offering an entire package of services, instead of just a product (the chip). "Now we offer a whole hardware ecosystem that makes it very easy for customers to just plug and play what they want", added Tokunaga. Reuters reports that chip manufacturers are also helping ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Qualcomm and how the company gives us all the cool details to expect from the Snapdragon 805 processor. Samsung is next as we talk about the company's progress to Android 4.4.2 and 4.4.3 on its existing devices. Samsung follows as we go through new rumors of the company building a new type of smartwatch with a different design. LG follows as reports talk about a 2TB microSD compatible card slot on the G3. We end today's show talking about the rumors of Apple building a Smart Home platform for a WWDC 2014 launch. All this and more after the ...

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