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    Just so we're all on the same page, a System on a Chip (SoC) is an integrated circuit which combines all the core components of an electronic system into a single chip. Depending on its use, it might include digital, analog, and mixed-signal processing, and typically includes various radio-frequency functionality. Blah blah blah. It's the chip that powers your phone or tablet. Got it? Good, let's get into the really interesting stuff! SoCs are made by manufacturers including (but certainly not limited to) Intel, Texas Instruments, Apple, Samsung, Qualcomm, and more. Today's industry ...

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    “I think they are doing a marketing gimmick. There’s zero benefit a consumer gets from that”, said Qualcomm’s senior vice president and chief marketing officer Anand Chandrasekher, with regards to the new Apple A7 chip running on 64 bits inside the iPhone 5S. There are split opinions out there concerning the chip itself, but it looks like Qualcomm reassigned Chandrasekher. A week after this statement the company said publicly that "the comments made by Anand Chandrasekher, Qualcomm CMO, about 64-bit computing were inaccurate"; after all, Qualcomm itself will be shortly moving ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Qualcomm's new enhancements to come to the Snapdragon 800 processor. We then talk about HTC, and the company's plans to build a smartwatch that is not a gimmick. Google follows as their purchase of Flexycore spells positive speed enhancements for Android in the future. Nokia is next as we get details on the new Lumia 1520, Lumia 1320 and Lumia 2520 that were announced. We end today's show talking about Apple's new iPad Air, and iPad mini with Retina Display. All this and more after the break. Stories: - New Snapdragon 800 flavor in the works? ...

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    If you're looking to make a top-of-the-line smartphone, when it comes to your choice for the silicon that should power your handset, it's hard to beat Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800. This year has proven the 800 to be wildly more popular than NVIDIA's Tegra 4, and even Samsung, with its own Exynos line of chips to rely upon, continues to turn to Qualcomm for a large fraction of its models. But even with the 800 powering this season's flagships, we're already looking to what's next; who's going to come out with the SoC to best even the 800? As we wait for that answer, it looks like Qualcomm may ...

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    MediaTek SoCs get a ton of flack in the smartphone community, ending up on all manner of lower-end devices. Despite the improvements the company has made to its chips over the years, they're still largely seen as the sort of compromise OEMs make when they're thinking more about cost-cutting than performance. That said, there have been signs lately that MediaTek's stock could be rising, popping up in rumors like that one last month suggesting that HTC might even be thinking about a MediaTek octa-core chip for a new One variant. Now the latest claim to arrive says that Samsung is interested ...

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    By now, we've seen the HTC One Max six ways from Sunday; its most recent appearance put the handset up against the Galaxy Note II and 3. Underneath all that, a mystery's been trying to work itself out: just what SoC would this phablet run? While early rumors and frankly, common sense, suggested that we'd be seeing a Snapdragon 800, more recently there's been talk that the One Max might go a different route, running either an S4 Pro or maybe a 600. Today, a new rumor attempts to get to the bottom of why HTC isn't just giving the phone an 800. Supposedly, supply issues could be forcing HTC's ...

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    The HTC One Max sure isn't shy about posing for the camera, and earlier today we brought you the latest pics of the hardware to arrive. While the general layout looks like a lock, we've been hearing some conflicting rumors about internal hardware choices, and last week the idea landed that the phablet might not run a Snapdragon 800, but something more along the lines of an S4 Pro, instead. That's not particularly great news, but one way or another, we'd like to get it either confirmed and learn to live with it, or see it rejected and get back to guessing. Yet another new One Max leak ...

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    Remember back when the Nexus 4's factory image disappeared from the AOSP shortly after the phone launched? Speculation was quick to suggest that Google was killing the phone's hidden LTE radio, but when it reappeared months later, unchanged files suggested that wasn't the case at all, and the mystery remained. Now a similar saga is playing out for the new Nexus 7, and it's frustrating an AOSP heavyweight to no end. Android Police got the sense that something was seriously wrong when it came to the new Nexus 7's software: no factory image had been posted to the AOSP, and a number of ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the fact that it seems that the Nokia Lumia 1020 has not sold as well as we expected. Still, there are rumors of the company working on its own Windows RT tablet, even though these rumors aren't quite new. ASUS follows as the company's Chairman doesn't seem happy at all with Windows RT and is planning to not offer it on future tablets. The Samsung Exynos processor follows, as there are some benchmark realities to talk about. We end today's show talking about some leaks of the Amazon Kindle Fire line-up for 2013, even though we're not excited. ...

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    Inside every smartphone is a processor, but unlike your desktop or laptop computer, it's not a single, discreet chip. Instead, smartphones employ something called a "system on a chip", or SoC for short. Over the years these chips have gotten smaller, faster, and have incorporated more features and functionality. This time around it's the Snapdragon 800 from Qualcomm that's caught our eye. Snapdragon 800 Processors are designed to deliver amazingly fast apps, stunning graphics, all without sacrificing battery life. If that sounds like every other SoC before it, you're right. In every ...

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    The LG Optimus G proved to be more than just another LG phone. It did a great job at amazing us when it launched in the fall of last year since it marked a new and more elegant deployment of smartphones from LG at times when their past was clouded by cheap phones. Another thing that characterized that Optimus G was that it was the firs smartphone to launch with the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, which has now led the way to more efficient and powerful processors like the Snapdragon 600 and 800. A lot of us have been left wondering when Qualcomm will launch the first smartphone with the ...

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    Qualcomm made two announcements today, both of which aim to further push the envelope. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 family is getting a brand new processor, the MSM8926. It features quad-core CPUs and adds support for integrated multimode 3G/4G LTE, aside from "key modem features that are important to China and other emerging regions, including TD-SCDMA, HSPA+ (up to 42Mbps), and multi-SIM capabilities". Late 2013 is when you should expect it the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 400. Additionally, the chip-maker also announced that it is working with Microsoft in order to bring Qualcomm Snapdragon ...

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    At Pocketnow, we have a responsibility to try the new, the fresh, and the weird - and that latter swamp is exactly the one Managing Editor Anton D. Nagy waded into with his recent review of the ASUS Fonepad - the tablet with an earpiece. Or the phone with a tablet screen. Whatever you want to call it, we've covered it - and Tony has some thoughts about using a seven-inch smartphone in this edition of one of your favorite tech podcasts. After we clear the giant-phone convo, we've got more to say. Lots more. And, doubtless to the relief of thousands, very little of it involves Samsung's ...

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    The Galaxy S 4. It's a name that commands respect: one that strikes fear into the hearts of other smartphones, and incites envy in the eyes of would-be buyers. As our full review reinforces, it's a name that represents one of the best Android smartphones you can buy today. But the Galaxy S 4 isn't just one phone: it's a device family comprised of many globally-specific variants. The SPH-L720 we reviewed last week was built especially for the American carrier Sprint, and while it's functionally identical to the other American operator variants, it has significantly less in common with its ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the ASUS Fonepad and our coverage of the device. Then we go through Windows Phone and some revealing stats from a recent poll in the United States. Google is next as we cover the news regarding the Play Store's new app update policies. We later talk about Qualcomm's plans to begin deploying the Snapdragon 800 processor and what this means for the mobile industry. We end today's show talking about Samsung's plans to bring us the Galaxy S 4 Active, a ruggedized version of their new flagship. All this and more after the break. Stories: - ASUS ...

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