Qualcomm’s more power-efficient chip for smart speakers debuts

The semiconductors company is bringing out new silicon for what it calls the “second generation” of smart speakers. What does it entail?

In Qualcomm anti-trust battles, Korean FTC could be its ticking time bomb

As part of antitrust mitigation measures it’s obligated to fulfill, Qulacomm has to renegotiate a bunch of patent licensing deals. It hasn’t happened.

AnTuTu crowns Xiaomi Mi 9 as best performer

The Snapdragon 855 phones are starting to dominate the benchmark score charts and their performance is strikingly powerful.

TSMC hopes to make up lost orders from chemical flub

The impact for this quarter looks to be minus $550 million. The hope is that TSMC can make it back up to customers the next quarter.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 is 10 percent better than the 710

There are a few more megacycles here and a new antenna for 60GHz WiFi, but the Snapdragon 712 supplants its predecessor mainly as a newer product.

LG’s 5G phone will be bigger and better at MWC 2019

LG loves to tease its phones out to the media well before they are released and it intends to give its 5G trailblazer device the same treatment.

MediaTek Helio P90 launches with ARCore, Google Lens support

This also means that this mid-ranger MediaTek chip will be pegged to Android Pie from the outset: a step in the right direction from the outset.
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Qualcomm expects end to Apple conflicts “one way or another” and soon

A spat on patents and royalties between the chipmaker and iPhone giant may or may not be resolved in Qualcomm’s favor. But an end is an end.

Watch Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit keynotes from 2pm Eastern

Keynotes will take place daily on December 4, 5 and 6 at 2pm Eastern with focuses on 5G mobile computing and Always Connected PCs.

Telstra makes 5G boasts with HTC, Ericsson, ZTE, Netgear and Qualcomm

Ericsson helped with a 5G video call, HTC has a hub, Netgear has another hub and ZTE has a test phone. All of it’s powered by Qualcomm.

MediaTek Helio P90 to help mid-rangers bring AI punch

Features of this new upper mid-tier mobile applications chipset include 10-bit YUV processing with special AI enhancements for streaming video.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 event likely in Hawaii on December 4

Qualcomm has confirmed that it’s holding a party to show off its newest silicon in Hawaii in the coming two weeks. All we need now are details.

Reuters: Apple not negotiating with Qualcomm on “any level”

Apple has been going after Qualcomm on several intellectual property causes and, ultimately, money. And it will do so in court.

MediaTek 5G modem comes before system-on-a-chip

The odd sibling from Qualcomm and Intel, MediaTek is prepared to make it over to 5G connectvity within 2019, one way or another.

MediaTek launches Helio P70 chipset for “New Premium” phones

Flagships may slay consumers’ wallets, but this chipset for smartphones will keep prices down while still packing the power in.

MediaTek survey on dual cameras: young folk are selfie fiends, carrier-agnostic

If you think that millennials and Gen Z are programmatic selfie-takers, this survey will confirm your suspicions. But there’s more to it than just that.

OPPO Hyper Boost is intended to speed up every app on your phone

The Chinese tech company pushed supercharging smartphone batteries to the limits. Now, it’s time to speed up the silicon through its own means.

Xiaomi Mi 8X will be “youthful” according to a leaked box

A 24-megapixel selfie camera, a 6.3-inch display and… a Snapdragon 660 processor. That last bit may have disappointed a few wishlist writers.

Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 promises week-long smartwatch battery

The Snapdragon Wear 3100 is a comprehensive upgrade from the Wear 2100 with a focus on reduction of power use and size, but upping smartwatch performance.

Huawei totally takes over | IFA 2018 Daily: Day 1

A slew of announcement came from the Chinese tech giant today, but there are other wearables and phones to look out for from margin players.
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Qualcomm will have 5G compatible chipsets in the first half of 2019

After the announcement of Huawei’s 7nm Kirin 980, Qualcomm has announced the arrival of 5G capable 7nm chipsets in smartphones during the first half of 2019

Qualcomm pushes 10nm power to Snapdragon 670

It’s 10nm power, but on a mid-tier Qualcomm mobile chipset for the first time. Expect devices to start appearing with this SoC soon.

One Apple supplier is down on blockchain, up on iPhone again

The largest contract semiconductors company in the world lost out on cryptocurrency mining chips and will rely on selling iPhone chips to make up for it.

MacBook Pro updated with 8th-gen Intel Core chipsets

Six-core i7 and i9 processors are available along with up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM as well as discrete AMD Radeon GPUs. Prices remain the same at base level.

Galaxy Note 9 support page appears on Samsung Sweden site

The expected model number of the device has appeared on Samsung’s Swedish support databank and it’s one bearing an Exynos chipset.