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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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    It's been a long time since Qualcomm first announced its new 600-series SoCs, revealing the Snapdragon 618 and 620 all the way back in February. Since then, we've been looking forward to manufacturers beginning to incorporate these chips in their phones, particularly the higher-end Snapdragon 620. With an octa-core processor and Adreno 510 GPU, there's a lot of promise here, but the first 620-powered handsets have yet to arrive. As we wait to see who might be first to market, our attention turns to a recently published benchmark report, identifying a in-development Samsung phone running ...

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    Sony just launched its latest Xperia-series smartphones, and from the Z5 Compact to the Z5 Premium, they're all running Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoCs. The choice of the 810 is sensible enough – it's one of the top performers out there on the market right now – but Sony's struggled with the chip in the past, notably on the Xperia Z4/Z3+. When we saw those models arrive just a few months back, they were followed by reports of problematic overheating, rendering the phone unusable in certain situations – and shooting with the phone's camera found itself near the top of that list. ...

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    This year for flagships like the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5, Samsung broke from tradition. It had long been that the company would use its own Exynos chips for some regional variants of these handsets, while relying on Qualcomm and its Snapdragon chips for the rest. Instead, 2015 has seen Samsung double-down on the Exynos, releasing no Snapdragon-powered version of these phones. We've already heard rumors claiming that Samsung could reverse course for its next iteration, though, and return to Qualcomm to use the company's Snapdragon 820 in the Galaxy S7. We saw some evidence for that idea ...

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    At a time when companies like Huawei, Samsung and now Xiaomi are moving into the proprietary silicone game on smartphone flagships, it only makes sense for Qualcomm to focus on unique features to keep its Snapdragon offerings selling. Qualcomm has gained a lot of bad publicity with the Snapdragon 810, making the need to not fail with the Snapdragon 820 even more intense. Today we learn about a new feature that will make it to the new chip. Qualcomm has just announced a new service called Smart Protect, which will debut with the Snapdragon 820 processor. This new service uses machine ...

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    Unless they're made by Apple, when you think about smartphones and tablets, chances are they've got a Qualcomm Snapdragon powering them. Generally speaking, when we rank devices they typically fall into one of those three categories: entry-level, entry level, midrange, and high-end. Oddly enough, Qualcomm's SoCs are also segmented by device class, but Qualcomm opted for four tiers (rather than three), this can make it a little confusing to tell which category a device falls into - such is the case with the Snapdragon 6xx family. According to Qualcomm, Snapdragon 6xx processors are ...

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    Qualcomm's next-gen Snapdragon 820 SoC has been official for a long time now, but so far the company's been light on details about the chip, only providing some brief “preview” data. Ever since, we've been looking to get the full picture on this component, and rumors had suggested that answers might come this week. Well, the rumored August 11 date passed by without any new 820 info, but it turns out that was only off by a day, and today Qualcomm offers new insight into its SoC as it talks about its latest image signal processor and Adreno 5-series GPUs. We're actually learning about ...

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    Things move fast in the world of mobile electronics, and especially right around this time of year, it can seem like we're jumping from one major launch to the next with little space for breathing room in between. It feels like we only just saw OnePlus and Motorola introduce their latest hardware, and now we've already got a Samsung event creeping up fast. And while that new-phone stuff may grab all the headlines, there are also interesting developments taking place in the world of phone components. If the rumors are right, we might just see Qualcomm shine the spotlight on the new ...

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    The Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 was probably the most controversial and disputed system-on-a-chip that the company has ever made, due mostly to reports of overheating issues, and throttling in order to contain the alleged problem (also reflected in revenue figures). That didn't stop many top-tier manufacturers from including it in their flagship smartphones (LG G Flex 2, HTC One M9, Sony Xperia Z3+, to name a few). The company is expected to share all the details of its upcoming Snapdragon 820 chip next week, but, until then, we are treated to some leaked slides that shed some early light on ...

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    Qualcomm started talking about the capabilities of its next-gen top-of-the-line SoC back in early March, sharing news of the Qualcomm Zeroth platform and Snapdragon 820. And while we very much look forward to this powerhouse turning up in its first mobile devices, there's still a lot we don't know about the chip; Qualcomm may have given us the highlights, but there's still a heck of a lot that hasn't been confirmed. We heard some compelling theories earlier this summer, but so far Qualcomm's yet to come forward and verify a lot of the 820's specs. Now we get word that a more comprehensive ...

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    Strategy Analytics has revealed some figures, cited by DigiTimes, concerning smartphone AP revenues. An AP (application processor) is basically the SoC (system-on-a-chip), also known informally as "the processor" which supports applications running in a mobile operating system environment. 20 percent increase over the previous year is what Strategy Analytics' findigs revealed for smartphone AP revenues in the first quarter of 2015. These revenues represent US$5.3 billion, and the top five spots (related to revenue) are where you find Qualcomm, Apple, MediaTek, Samsung LSI and Spreadtrum ...

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    Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 is one of the most controversial pieces of silicon in recent memory. The OnePlus Two is the imminent sequel to one of the best-reviewed smartphones of the past few years. And very soon the two will come together to produce one of the most anticipated products in mobile. Then it's going to get trashed in the press, because it "overheats." And then I'm going to roll my eyes so hard they get stuck. To be fair to the very smart folks who've written very smart articles on the subject, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 definitely isn't the best system-on-a-chip the company ...

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    The past few years have been rocky ones for some heavyweights in the SoC industry. It wasn't that long ago when NVIDIA was at the top of its game, and now its chips struggles to find homes. And more recently we've seen signs of trouble for Qualcomm, too, as controversy surrounds the Snapdragon 810 and companies like Samsung turn to in-house efforts for flagship handsets. With Qualcomm about to reveal its Q3 financial figures this week, new rumors suggest that the SoC-maker may be about to consider a big change to help improve its business outlook, splitting its operations as a maker of ...

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    There's no denying that Qualcomm has gained a significant amount of popularity with its mobile processors. Surely the Snapdragon 810 has gained more negative publicity than anything else, but it doesn't change the fact that Qualcomm is still the most popular brand in the department. The EU seems a little concerned with this level of popularity, and just as it question Amazon and Apple for its business practices, Qualcomm is next. In a recent statement, Qualcomm has announced that the European Commission has initiated proceedings against Qualcomm with regard to the two ongoing ...

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    OnePlus got the ball rolling on the pre-launch specs it was announcing for its OnePlus 2 handsets a little under a month ago as it shared news of its choice of the Snapdragon 810 for the phone's SoC. As this is probably the most controversial SoC in recent memory, the company made a point to emphasize how overheating wouldn’t be an issue for the chip, due in part to “an improved version of the chipset (v2.1) in the OnePlus 2.” We've already heard about how early 810 issues were blamed on pre-production silicon, so you might have assumed that we were looking forward to another update ...

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    Founded in 1985, Qualcomm has made the processors that enable our mobile devices since it started making CDMA base stations in 1990. Since then the company has focused its attention on SoCs - systems on a chip - that are at the core of today's smartphones and tablets. Qualcomm is even taking aim at the processors that run in servers and datacenters and Snapdragon processors have even found their way into our smartwatches. Then the Snapdragon 810 was announced, and things started to go downhill - quickly. Snapdragon 810 To bring you up to speed on the Snapdragon 810 debacle, the chip ...

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    Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 is still a chip that can't escape its own shadow, with phone launch after phone launch haunted by tales of overheating. As we wait to see what, if anything, manufacturers are able to do about that, we're also looking forward to what's next, eagerly awaiting the first devices powered by the Snapdragon 820. Announced by Qualcomm back at MWC, the 820 is on track to power some next-generation flagships. While its commercial arrival is still some time off, we've already been hearing some rumors about what to expect form the SoC, including Samsung possibly having an ...

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    When it comes to mobile processor technology, Qualcomm has enjoyed a dominance over the space. Its Snapdragon processors at the heart of a lion’s share of mobile devices in the past couple of years, and indeed, at the heart of the mobile technology revolution. But as they say, "Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown". Qualcomm’s vice-like grip on the large share of the smartphone pie is being called into question. They have been feeling the heat, and the devices powered by the Snapdragon 810 processor have been feeling the heat as well, quite literally. It seems like the rigors of ...

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    The ASUS ZenFone 2 is the best smartphone in the company's lineup right now, and arguably, one of the boldest smartphones in the mid-range market. Or, you could say the ASUS ZenFone 2 is a mediocre device that's trying too hard to be the best in the lower end market. Or, the ASUS ZenFone 2 sounds kinda like the other phones I talked about just now, but somewhere in between. Well, I can say that the ASUS ZenFone 2 is actually all of the above. Our Editorial Director Michael Fisher debated the merits of choosing one of two ZenFones 2 (that is the correct way to execute that plurality, ...

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    Oh Snapdragon 810, will you ever catch a break? While on paper the SoC looks like an obvious choice for bringing flagship-level performance to a new smartphone, the chip's arrival on the market has been maligned by recurrent reports of excessive operating temperatures. It seems like every few months new voices arrive to warn of the 810's thermal woes, only for others to step up and insist this really isn't a problem, and that any previous overheating issues have been addressed in the chips landing in currently available phones. Well, today Japan gets its hands on the Xperia Z4 (while the ...

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    Xiaomi is not just one of China's leading mobile device companies, but also one of the most aggressive Android OEMs when it comes to design and product focus. We've kept a close eye on all the rumors regarding the Mi 5 lately, but instead we ended up getting the Mi 4s, which did bring some welcome updates to last year's flagship. Today we learn a little more about why the Mi 5 was delayed, and the reasons seem worth it. First of all we hear that Xiaomi will launch the Mi 5 with a new Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, and that the main reason why the Mi 5 didn't reach the market this ...

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