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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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    Qualcomm's Snapdragon 600 has rapidly become the go-to chip for this generation of high-end Androids, and with the HTC First, we've also seen the Snapdragon 400 hit the scene. Those are both some fine SoCs, but we've really been salivating at the chance to see the even higher-performance Snapdragon 800 show up in some devices, after getting a chance to play with an 800-powered tablet at the CES. While we've still got a little bit of a wait to go, the 800's arrival is just starting to crest over the horizon, with word that mass production of the chip is set to get underway next month. ...

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    In the mobile chipset space, Qualcomm has been the dominant party. From 2010 and the original Snapdragon to the Snapdragon S4 Pro and newest series, Qualcomm's chips have been used in the vast majority of the most notable low- to high-end smartphones around the world. In January, Strategy Analytics estimated that Qualcomm holds roughly 42 percent of the revenue share in the application processor market, and despite the competition heating up in the Android space, Qualcomm still holds an impressive 35 percent share. Samsung and MediaTek hold second and third in the application processor ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the T-Mobile announcement of their LTE network and an iPhone 5 to go along with it. Then we move to Windows Phone 8 as new rumors have it supporting FM radio in the near future. Sprint is next as it finally confirms what Windows Phones it'll start their line-up with. Then we talk about HTC and Qualcomm as they both team-up to promote the new HTC One, and we even talk about the Desire P and Desire Q we sadly can't recommend. We end todays show talking about HTC's plans for a Butterfly 2, and what this means to the HTC One. All this and more ...

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    HTC, the company which just recently slashed the "Quietly Brilliant" wording from its branding, is reportedly teaming up with Qualcomm, the manufacturer of the Snapdragon 600 SoC powering the HTC One, for a joint HTC One promotional effort. The information comes from "market sources" but apparently the fruit if the effort, first promo videos, are airing at the ongoing Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2013, as Shen Jin, vice president of Qualcomm Greater China, said. Qualcomm will lend a hand to HTC in promoting the One; the company is reportedly planning on achieving that through ...

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    Some of us don't think too much about how long it takes to charge our phones; so long as you can get through a day of usage without running your battery down, there's plenty of time overnight to top your battery off and leave you ready to face the next day. On the other hand, if you're a smartphone-using-fiend and need to refresh your battery mid-day, being able to charge your phone quickly could be a godsend. If that's the boat you find yourself in, you should love this news from Qualcomm, which today announced a new high-speed charging system. Qualcomm's Quick Charge 2.0 follows last ...

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    The choice of SoC for Samsung's Galaxy S IV has been the subject of much contention lately. While many Samsung fans would like to see a next-generation Exynos chip powering the smartphone, we've been growing increasingly skeptical that such a thing could really come to pass. After all, a number of separate benchmark results for devices that appear to be some of the regional and carrier variants of the Galaxy S IV have been reporting GPUs that just don't match with what we're expecting from any Exynos chips, let alone the Exynos 5 Octa. A new rumor suggests that there's a good reason for ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Google's confirmation that they will support sync services for Windows Phone during the next six months as an extension to their past death threat. We later talk about the Galaxy S IV and the probable release dates. Qualcomm apparently leaks Android's next name, but considering how many pastries are left that start with a K, that wasn't a difficult one. Then we talk about the Microsoft Surface RT and bad it's performing when it comes to store returns. We end today's show by talking about the HTC M7 and all the color offerings that are rumored ...

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    Google introduced Android 4.1 Jelly Bean at Google I/O last June, following the launch of Ice Cream Sandwich with the Galaxy Nexus the previous fall. By that timetable, we should be expecting the next major Android revision to arrive in the near future, long-rumored to be Key Lime Pie. As we wait to get confirmation on just what to expect from this release, a new leak makes that name sound a whole lot more official, as well as gives us a window for when to expect it to arrive. Some leaked Qualcomm roadmaps detail both the company's own plans for releasing chips that will run the new OS, as ...

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    For all the rumors we've heard about the possibility of Apple releasing a new iPhone model later this year that's specifically designed to be a very low-cost model for developing markets, very little has been said about just what changes Apple might make to drive the price down. Sure, we heard that a plastic construction was one option, saving on materials and fabrication expenses related to working with glass or metal, but what about the guts of the phone – the silicon? A new analyst report champions the idea that Apple could turn to Qualcomm for this new iPhone's chips, and build the ...

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    Sales in emerging markets have the potential to make a big impact on the smartphone industry, and right now it seems like everyone's trying to figure out how to get a slice of the action. Android might have a head start with the abundance of lower-end models already available, and we've heard about Apple considering a new iPhone design with a low price point. For Windows Phone, we've seen models like the Huawei Ascend W1, which should sell for around $260, but is that cheap enough to draw users to the platform? It seems like Microsoft thinks its OEMs could do even better, and is rumored to ...

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    Is it fair to call Samsung's Exynos 5 Octa an eight-core processor? After all, it doesn't operate all eight cores simultaneously, choosing from either a bank of four A15 or four A7 cores, and it's not like we commonly call the Tegra 3 with its extra power-saving core a five-core chip, right? Qualcomm CEO Dr. Paul Jacobs doesn't seem too pleased with how Samsung is trying to position this chip, and had a few choice words about the Exynos 5 Octa while speaking to reporters in Beijing. Mind you, this is all coming from a Chinese translation, so while these may not be the exact words Dr. ...

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    Last night, Qualcomm took the lid off its latest changes to its system-on-a-chip lineup, unveiling its new naming scheme as well as its new top-tier chipsets, the 600 and 800 series. While the 600 doesn't sound like any slouch, its the 800 that's going to power the fastest of the fastest Android devices later this year. Let's take a look at just what it's capable of. If you've ever shaken your fist in frustration while your seemingly-high-end Android phone or tablet just couldn't keep up the pace when placed under the processing demands of a fast 3D game, pay special attention, because the ...

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    NVIDIA isn't the only chip maker showing off new technology at this year's CES.  Qualcomm has some news, too. Just incase you don't remember, Qualcomm makes the Snapdragon SoC and in particular the S4 line that powers our high-end smartphones and tablets. To start with, Qualcomm is changing the naming scheme of their processors to help differentiate the powers and abilities of their various chipsets. The new 800 series is high-end, 600's and 400's are middle-tier, and lower-end chips are in the 200's. Let's focus on the higher-end goodies for a moment. The Qualcomm 800-series ...

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    NVIDIA may have kicked-off the CES with news of its Tegra 4 SoC, but now it's Qualcomm's turn to raise the silicon stakes, as it reveals to CES attendees what's next for its own line of mobile processors. After a surprise appearance from Microsoft's Steve Ballmer, Qualcomm announced its new chips, the Snapdragon 600 series and the higher-end 800 series. The 800 will support high-speed LTE-Advanced connectivity, along with the latest WiFi standards, and should be quite the number-cruncher with a quad-core design operating as fast as 2.3GHz. Ultra HD (4K) is all the rage at the CES this ...

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