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    Some big superlatives have been laced into Weibo-based rumors around the Xiaomi Note 2, the top phone of the company's top-tier offerings not to be confused with the Redmi Note 2.  Yes, we're talking about a big — 5.7-inch "big" — quad HD screen. And yes, we're looking at some iPhone feature grabs including a "3D Touch"-like. Oh, and what's this Snapdragon 823 all about? Those top line numbers get tagged with some pretty amazing bottom line ones for a phone named "Note." First of all, while it's more likely that this Xiaomi Note 2 will get the Snapdragon 820, another possibility is ...

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    It's the post-release era for the first round of phones from the Galaxy S7 generation and we're now looking at more benchmarks for differently-equipped variants of the devices. Yep, we're talking about differences in performance. Some of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edges received the Snapdragon 820 (some of them manufactured by Samsung itself) while others get the Exynos 8890. Qualcomm decided to go quad-core with a new 14nm process and Kyro architecture for the new Snapdragon while Samsung kept the Exynos on eight cores like it did last year. A couple of outlets have been able to acquire Galaxy ...

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    While Qualcomm has rapidly bounced back from Snapdragon 810 controversy and overheating failure, developing a follow-up SoC that everyone seems to regard as both faster and cooler, the company’s 2016 revenue and profits may still shrink due to an unrelated “problem.” The frustrating thing must be not knowing what you did wrong, with Apple advancing plans of an Intel partnership as far as iPhone 7 cellular modems go. Nothing’s set in stone yet, but we’re hearing intensifying gossip of Cupertino putting its high-speed LTE eggs in two baskets before long. Qualcomm should retain the ...

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    While Samsung and Qualcomm are yet to publicly tackle the reasons for the absence of advanced Quick Charge 3.0 technology from Snapdragon 820-powered Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge configurations, a seemingly innocuous new post on the chip designer’s blog may have just dropped another bombshell. Check that, it absolutely dropped one, since there’s no way QCM made an innocent typo when announcing the Sony Xperia X and Xperia X Performance incorporate Quick Charge 2.0 capabilities. Not 3.0, good old fashioned 2.0. Why can’t it be a typo? For one thing, because the LG G5 has been previously ...

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    Update: We have edited our headline from "Quick Charge 3.0 won't be on Galaxy S7, S7 edge because of Exynos support" to reflect that neither Qualcomm nor Samsung have stated why Quick Charge 2.0 is being used on Snapdragon 820-equipped Galaxy S7 and S7 edge phones. Pocketnow regrets the error. So, you have the new Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge and are excited about its larger, supposedly longer-lasting battery. And, if you happen to live in the right parts of the world, you probably have the Snapdragon 820 powering everything inside it with Quick Charge 3.0. Not so fast. Literally. As ...

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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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    Leaked benchmarks have been telling the stories of where we might see certain variations of the Samsung Galaxy S7 might go. Sure, the regional variants have their own antennas, but the major catch that techies are looking for is the chipset used: will it be Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 or Samsung's own Exynos 8890? An AT&T variant was caught with a Snapdragon while a Canadian variant was tested with an Exynos unit. It turns out that Samsung is able to confirm that we can extrapolate those findings and conclude that the US will see the Snapdragon Galaxy S7 units while the Exynos Galaxy S7 ...

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    5G is all the darn rage these days. Three of the US's top-tier carriers have committed to developing the technology including Verizon. The company took the time at MWC to promote its efforts in collaboration with Ericsson, Intel, Nokia, Qualcomm and Samsung to develop and test every aspect of its 5G standard with regards to speed, latency and scale. Some goals include bringing gigabit wireless broadband to homes, high-traffic concentrations and commercial purposes like telemedicine and mobile blueprinting. Testing is expected to expand over the course of the year. Verizon expects that it ...

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    When we can call a detail about a new smartphone “confirmed?” Sometimes, design features seem obvious, and we want to take their inclusion for granted. And when some new detail pops up in enough rumors, from sufficiently different sources, it can be easy to start accepting it as gospel. Even manufacturers themselves can contribute to all this, as they tease pre-launch hardware not with a clear list of specs, but vague hints at functionality. Today we've got something that falls on that spectrum of as-close-to-confirmation-as-we'll-get, as Qualcomm essentially names the Snapdragon 820 ...

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    Yesterday was a big day for a certain semiconductor company that saw its smartphone chip domination threatened last year through its own fault, but which seems to recover very well and quickly regain its industry trail-blazing reputation. The high-end Snapdragon 820, mid-range SD625, 435 and 425, plus the wearable-designed Snapdragon Wear 2100 processors are however only the beginning of Qualcomm’s 2016 ushering of new mobile technology eras, with the Snapdragon X16 LTE modem also announced as an “important milestone” in network speed progress. As the name suggests, the ...

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    We're about to find ourselves positively inundated by announcements of new mobile hardware with MWC looming ever so close, but some companies just can't wait until the big expo to share their latest news, and are already getting a head start with early launches. We just told you about one of Qualcomm's newest SoCs, as the company announced its first such component made specifically for wearable hardware: the Snapdragon Wear 2100. But that's just one piece of today's Qualcomm news, and the company's also got a trio of more traditional SoCs that it's also launching: the Snapdragon 425, ...

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    You’d probably expect a fledgling segment of the ever-growing tech industry to advance at a more rapid pace than fully mature, saturated markets, and while that’s been true in some aspects for wearable devices, most smartwatches have also worryingly stagnated in a key department. Remember the 2014 LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live? Well, their sequels, threequels and spin-offs may look far prettier on the outside, and they’ve definitely gained a bunch of software tricks, a few being nowadays even capable of initiating and receiving voice calls by themselves. But you know what the two ...

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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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    Processing efficiency gets more efficient all the time, thanks to research, development and plenty of both. Samsung's big into the chipsets — sometimes to the deficiency of its own social and corporate welfare policies — and its 14nm FinFET fabrication is currently in use for its own major Exynos 8 Octa SoC and Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820. We've reported back in October that Qualcomm was looking into a 10nm fabrication from Samsung for use on its Snapdragon 830 chipset. Another tipster, this one to SamMobile, goes along with that train of thought and says that the fab will be implemented ...

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    We introduced you to the NuAns Neo at CES 2016. It's a Windows 10 Mobile phone that sports Qualcomm's Snapdragon 617 system-on-a-chip and is able to run Continuum, Microsoft's protocol for extending a phone's horsepower onto a desktop space. Thing is, Microsoft didn't acknowledge this fact in its minimum specifications for Continuum up until now. Plop down to Microsoft's Hardware Dev Center today and you'll get an updated page with new minimum requisites looking form-fit to the Neo. The Snapdragon 617 is now among the 808 and 810 as being Continuum-supported processors. 2GB of RAM is ...

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    Samsung makes tons of silicon for not only itself, but for many, many clients. Chipmaking, however, has been forecast to become a laggard to the chaebol's bottom line, especially with the loss of the Apple lot. It's also been under intense scrutiny from workers' advocates. But if there's any good news to help the unit out, it may come from Qualcomm. The company announced it's beginning production of logic chips with 2nd-generation 14nm FinFET process for use in its own Exynos 8 chips as well as Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820. Samsung believes the Low-Power Plus process will cut energy ...

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    After being China's darling debutante in mobile last year, we already see the LeTV hardware brand making headway around Asia. It's now kicking down the doors of the United States with a new league of smartphone and a new chipset from Qualcomm. Let's be clear: the LeTV Max Pro, while being ostentatious in its promotions, its name and its presence (a 6.3-inch quad HD screen will do for "big"), will be somewhat different coming to the United States than the Chinese model we had our hands on today. That said, many of the internals like the Snapdragon 820, 4GB of RAM, a rear camera packing in ...

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    Isn't it annoying to scroll down the YouTube comments of a video and see "FIRST" pop out at number seven or eight? And even if it really is the first comment, shouldn't it really be a statement about something? Qualcomm made such a statement today. In its CES event, chief executive Steven Mollenkopf said that the LeTV Max Pro will be the first smartphone to sport the Snapdragon 820 chipset. Not only does this turn the page on what would questionably be a dark spot in the company's mobile application processor legacy with the Snapdragon 810, but it also puts to bed rumors that Samsung had ...

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    Back in the early days of computers (well, the "earlier days"), it wasn't too difficult to determine how fast they were - relatively speaking. Processors and bus speeds were measured in MHz and RAM was measured in MB. An increase to any of those vital components meant your computer got a speed bump over those with smaller numbers. Sometime later, right around the 3GHz mark, we hit a wall. However, RAM and bus speeds kept increasing, and the number of cores inside CPUs started going up. That's when things started getting confusing. We used to be able to say that a system built around a ...

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    LeTV will be in Las Vegas this year, but not at CES. It'll be presenting a day before just outside of grounds. It's likely then that we'll learn more about the latest mega-flagship phone that the conglomerate has up its sleeves. It was clocked with record-breaking Snapdragon 820 performance and teased with a whole lot of attitude. Well, if it weren't enough to pack the muscle into this thing, we now have new limbs growing off of it: namely, ultrasonic fingerprint recognition, conventional fingerprint scanning on the main display area, iris scanning and "other such technologies." In terms ...

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    The smartphone market can be a fickle beast, and it doesn't take much for a stumble to become a full-on faceplant. Just look at NVIDIA: a few years back the company's Tegra 2 SoC was powering phones like the Motorola Atrix 4G, Droid X2, and the LG Optimus 2X. But then the Tegra 3 failed to resonate with OEMs in quite the same way, and adoption seriously suffered – a situation that only got worse with the Tegra 4. With all of this year's early bad press around the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, and seeing Samsung abandon Snapdragon chips entirely for its flagship Galaxy S6, was Qualcomm risking ...

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    With as many products as we deal with in the smartphone world, naming conventions can be lifesavers for helping us keep track of them all. Take Lumia smartphones, for example: you don't need to have an encyclopedic knowledge of all the different hardware options to understand that the Lumia 930 is a higher-end model than the Lumia 530, or that the Lumia 950 represents a further upgrade over the 930. Once companies get started with a naming scheme like that, they often do their best to stick with a logical order for future models, but sometimes not everything's quite as intuitive as it ...

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    Smartphones powered by Qualcomm's top-of-the-line Snapdragon 820 SoC are on their way, and expectations are high for what the chip can bring to next year's flagship handsets. Especially after all the bad press the Snapdragon 810 got caught up in, that's a big deal, and tech-savvy shoppers are understandably anxious to give the first 820-based phones a spin. But who's going to be first with such hardware? A new rumors suggests we could be seeing an unusual SoC-exclusivity arrangement as the Snapdragon 820 first comes to phones, with Samsung getting an early shot at selling 820-powered ...

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    Qualcomm's got a lot of proving to do in 2016. While still very much on top of the mobile SoC game, the company suffered the sting of a lot of bad publicity this year as critics latched on to reports of overheating and performance issues with the flagship Snapdragon 810. Justified or not, those stories cast a shadow over Qualcomm's chip business, and expectations are high for phones built around the new Snapdragon 820 to start redeeming the company. But will the 2016 Qualcomm even be a company we recognize? Earlier this year we heard that the firm was considering splitting its business in ...

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    Winter is coming and all we can worry about is too much heat. The ghost of Qualcomm may or may not have to do with this Samsung development, though you try disseminating those Snapdragon 810 heat tests and putting that together with Samsung's decision to go in-house for its chipsets this year. As best we know it, Samsung is supposed to be manufacturing half of its Galaxy S7 units with its latest Exynos product while the other half, by supply necessity, is going with the Snapdragon 820. Reports (from what we could tell, likely from Taiwanese parts manufacturers' stock performance reports) ...

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