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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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    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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