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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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    Smartphone storage sure isn't growing too fast, and it feels like we've had the same 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB options for years. Sure, there's the odd 128GB model, and even the rare higher-capacity handset, but there's not a lot of momentum to this push for more storage. And while that was long the case for RAM, as well, recent years have finally started seeing a real move towards higher and higher capacities, as phones grew from 2GB to 3GB, and now even 4GB model aren't too difficult to come by. The future promises even more memory yet, like we saw with Samsung's recent work towards 6GB ...

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    Chipsets ahoy! What's with manufacturers coming up with their own systems-on-a-chip lately? Sure, Apple and Samsung have had great prominence in doing it. Huawei also has its own HiSilicon subsidiary that has brought more prestige to the Kirin line recently. LG's figuring out its own way with Intel. But Sony's denying rumors it's doing anything by itself. What's going on with manufacturers' factories? Apparently, tons of money if you're in China. ZTE just got a ¥2.4 billion ($73.8 million as of this post) infusion from the National IC Industry Investment Fund. The company plans on using ...

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    Call us surprised. Just a few days after introducing its latest halo technology, Qualcomm might be experiencing some whiplash after making clear the company's attitude toward a high-end quad-core chipset. Threads and streams were more important than a processor core, but it's the latter that makes all the difference in the mid- and low-end markets. So if Qualcomm is pushing on with octa-core Snapdragon 600-series SoCs — not because it wants to, but because it "has to" — why are sources claiming that there's an octa-core Snapdragon 820 on the way? Like the four-core version, the newer ...

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    Qualcomm introduced a cold, calculating move on the chipset scene with its quad-core Snapdragon 820. Over the course of a year or so, we've seen semiconductors jack up processor core counts because obviously, the more cores, the better the processing, right? From four to six to eight and even ten, it seemed like a cheerleader's chant for the wrong men and women. During its press blitz for the Snapdragon 820, Qualcomm made clear its intentions to keep going forward on minimizing the number of cores it would use in complex, high-power chipsets. With apps currently not taking full advantage ...

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    Yes we know, no matter how much praise Apple's processors receive, it's still something hard to believe. Surely Apple beat everyone to the 64-bit processor punch, but we wonder just how useful that is with the meager amount of RAM found in most of its products. Still, using iPhones proves that Apple's processors are top notch, and benchmarks continue to agree, even when compared to 2016 offerings. Samsung has pretty much unveiled its new Exynos 8990, and so has Qualcomm with its Snapdragon 820. Both of these processors join the 2016 line-up of power that's also owned by Huawei's Kirin 950, ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy S7 is coming sometime next year, but that year begins in less than two months. That means that these phones have to be put together fairly soon. We've just found out about some software work being done, but one of the major hardware components of these phones is the chipset. Samsung is building its own, but it's also partnering with Qualcomm for some of its phones' brains. Turns out, as industry sources claim, that partnership has become critical this year for one big reason. First off, it looks like Samsung's satisfied with its Exynos 8890 product and its domestic ...

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    Qualcomm has spent the last few months trying to re-build the reputation that it has maintained for years, mainly because this year's flagship offerings have been literally "in the heat" of things The company's Snapdragon 820 has been widely teased all year long and promises to not only fix the broken legacy of the Snapdragon 810, but to also take technology a step further. For those of you curious as to what that means, the company finally detailed specs today. Qualcomm claims that this new processor is "holistically designed around enriching visual quality and audio clarity." In the ...

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    When it comes to announcing a new system-on-a-chip, Qualcomm likes to take its time. All the way back in March, Qualcomm was officially sharing details on its upcoming top-of-the-line Snapdragon 820, but we still didn't have the full story on the SoC. In the months that have followed we've seen the company talk more about the chip's feature set, as well as give us an update on when the first 820-based phones and tablets have a shot at making their own debuts, but there are still plenty of blank spaces left in our knowledge of what to expect from the component. Now it looks like it's ...

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    For a long time, the purported Microsoft Surface Phone sounded more like something people wanted to be real than a device with actual chances of ever materializing. But just last week, a presumed pre-release prototype of the ultimate business Windows mobile was allegedly seen in the flesh, and now, a semi-credible source confirms ongoing work on a productivity-centric diminutive Surface. This should apparently roll out at some point next year with “enhanced” Continuum capabilities, Win32 app support in tow, as well as “less focus on specs.” But fret not, high-end specification ...

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    It’s no secret the widespread and hard to contain cooling issues of the Snapdragon 810 SoC rocked Qualcomm’s dependability to its core, but thanks to a toweringly dominant market position, the semiconductor giant managed to survive the scandal. Rumor has it Samsung is even willing to embrace the company’s next-gen smartphone flagship chip, the Snapdragon 820, which should power the Galaxy S7 in regions the Exynos 8890, aka M1, may not penetrate. But Qualcomm can’t afford new controversy, regardless of the Korean device manufacturer’s readiness to customize and stabilize a ...

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    You'd think that the latest and greatest processor is always better than the previous one, but it seems that Qualcomm has struggled to reach that goal ever since this year's Snapdragon 810. This was complicated enough to cost Qualcomm its partnership with Samsung, and to even send devices like the LG G4 back to the drawing board after the G Flex 2 debuted with the problem. We do know that Samsung still wants to give some love to Qualcomm for its processor with its future smartphone offerings, and today we learn more. Trusted sources claim that Samsung is willing to go through some odd ...

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    Everybody that’s somebody in the mobile component supplying business wants a piece of the stellar iPhone-generated profits, including bitter Apple rivals like Samsung. The Korean handheld and SoC manufacturer could lose its prospective piece of the A10 action to TSMC following dual-producer A9 battery life controversy, and down the line, TSMC may also get replaced by Intel. The Santa Clara-based semiconductor giant reportedly has a “small army” of roughly 1,000 people working on 7360 LTE modem chips for next year’s iPhone 7, which might only be the beginning of a beautiful and ...

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    We're just itching to get our hands on Google's new Nexus phones, and when word arrived yesterday of a new feature that didn't get a lot of press back on launch day, we were pretty excited: it looked like both phones would be able to quick-launch their camera software through a double-twist gesture of the handset. Qualcomm confirmed the mode in its press release announcing its role as the company behind the SoCs powering these phones, and a hands-on report appeared to further back things up. Unfortunately, it looks like some wires got crossed along the way, and today Qualcomm is setting ...

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    Right now, look under the hood of a flagship-level smartphone and you've got a good shot at finding Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 powering things. And while the 810's offered its processing might to no shortage of 2015 phones, we're about to see a changing of the guard, with the first handsets build around the Snapdragon 820 looming just over the horizon. Chances are good we'll see the 820 feature on a number of prominent 2016 smartphones, but what then? Well, we're still a long way off from any actual hardware being ready, but now a new rumor looks to what Qualcomm might be working on for its ...

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    We've been focusing on some high-level coverage in terms of the future technology we might be using and on what standards we'll be using them on. Our Jaime Rivera reported on AT&T's blueprint for Internet of Things devices during CTIA. Another "out there" thing we're looking at is the proliferation of unlicensed LTE spectrum or LTE-U, as it's known. These bits of spectrum are typically in the 5GHz range, really intended for network coverage around arenas, parks and other compact, high-density spaces. If you're familiar with Wi-Fi, you know that it also uses that specific band and it's ...

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    There's been a lot of dip to put our chips in recently. 24 hours ago, we fed you some trade wind rumors of Apple's purported A10 processor with the takeaway being the possible presence of six cores. We got the tip from a Weibo user who claims to be tapped into the semiconductor industry in China. Now, we have new word from him on what new silicon might look like from Samsung. Keep in mind that we're coming up from the bottom of the wait-cycle for the Samsung Galaxy S7 as we're talking about this and the possible system-on-a-chip the future flagship may use. Since Google Translate won't ...

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    You'll be hard-pressed to find someone who would turn down a phone with a bigger battery than a smaller one, all things being equal. Unfortunately, phones with bigger capacities generally mean thicker dimensions and heavier devices. Even a few dozen mAh can add significant costs to the bill of materials. The solutions to this conundrum come in four varieties: OS and SoC optimizations to reduce battery use, and wireless and quick charging schemes to help keep the battery full. Targeting the latter, and following up from a successful 2.0 release, Qualcomm's solution is Quick Charge 3.0. To ...

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    Qualcomm currently sits atop the throne of smart-device processors. The Snapdragon line of processors has powered smartphones great and small for years. Snapdragons 400, 600, 800, 805, and everything in between all have been a desired chipset. And then came the Snapdragon 810, and things blew up – almost literally. Too hot, hot damn The Snapdragon 810 processor came with a bit of a caveat – it gets really hot. In some cases super hot. In our experience, it was hot, but not super duper crazy hot. Your mileage will vary. But the bottom line is the concensus among consumers and reviewers ...

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    We saw Chinese online entertainment and shopping empire LeTV climb above a million sales in three months of its first offering smartphones. Personally, this editor was pretty interested in the LeTV Smart Bike they also had, but then again, I'd go for any bike right now. But more importantly, what we're talking about now focuses on the next iterations in a couple of the company's models: the LeTV 1S and the LeTV Max 2. The LeTV Max sequel is said to have the Snapdragon 820 SoC (following on the Max's incorporation of the 810) and — this development being the latest for the device — a ...

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    Was the Snapdragon 810 chipset just a (flaming hot) fluke? Has Qualcomm restored its reputation of reliable performance in its high-tier silicon? Is all the bashing, the ridicule and the doubt over for the San Diego-based company? We will soon find out as the all-new Snapdragon 820 system-on-a-chip is available for OEMs to use right now. The company's announcement from Hong Kong played heavy the 820's capacity for extreme LTE speeds: up to 600Mbps downlink and 150Mbps uplink (Cat. 13 and 12 speeds respectively) through its new X12 LTE modem. The chipset takes advantage of exclusive ...

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