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Apple responds to iPhone 6s A9 chip supply controversy

Apple responds to iPhone 6s A9 chip supply controversy

This afternoon Apple responded to concern that the A9 chip in the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus were different, and that therefor the experience might be better on one or the other. Apple suggests that every chip they ship "meets Apple's highest standards for providing incredible performance and deliver great battery life, regardless of iPhone 6s capacity, color, or model." In short - despite the differences between the two chips, both called A9, Apple is comfortable with the decisions they've made.

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More Samsung Mongoose (Exynos M1) SoC benchmarks hit the web

More Samsung Mongoose (Exynos M1) SoC benchmarks hit the web

It's increasingly hard for Samsung to keep data about its upcoming products from leaking onto the internet ahead of the official unveil. The latest leak from Samsung is claimed to be some new benchmarks of its upcoming SoC called Mongoose. Mongoose is said to be a new Exynos processor using a new CPU architecture.

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Snapdragon 617, 430 bring Quick Charge 3.0 to mid range

Snapdragon 617, 430 bring Quick Charge 3.0 to mid range

While Qualcomm is naturally praising its still to come Snapdragon 820, it wisely isn't putting all its of its eggs in that one high end basket. On the heels of its many announcements today, Qualcomm has revealed the Snapdragon 617 and the Snapdragon 430, processors that are intended for somewhat high and mid range devices. Don't let the lower numbers fool you, however, as these chips still have some boasting to do, especially when the time comes to charge your mobile device in a pinch.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 820: 600Mbps Cat12 LTE, Quick Charge 3.0

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820: 600Mbps Cat12 LTE, Quick Charge 3.0

Qualcomm is definitely piling up the hype for its upcoming Snapdragon 820 system-on-chip. And hopefully this time, it will be able to deliver without a hitch. After regaling the tech world with the abilities of the 820's three main processors, the Hexagon 680 DSP, the Adreno 530 GPU, and the new Kryo CPU cores, Qualcomm is revealing the last piece of the puzzle that will make any mobile device complete: A new X12 LTE modem capable of supporting the latest advancements and speeds in networking technology.

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Samsung Exynos M1 SoC discovered in benchmark

Samsung Exynos M1 SoC discovered in benchmark

Samsung has already unveiled this year's lineup of new Galaxy S and Note devices, but like any big tech company these days, it's already working on what's to come down the line, in this case their system on a chip (SoC). The first signs of the next processor in Samsung's Exynos line has turned up, tentatively called the M1. The chip's data has turned up in benchmark scores from Geekbench, revealing 8 custom CPU cores.

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Snapdragon 820 spotted with a 83,774 score on AnTuTu

Snapdragon 820 spotted with a 83,774 score on AnTuTu

Accidental leak or intentional marketing ploy? Qualcomm has said that devices with its next Snapdragon 820 won't be coming until 2016, or perhaps late this year at the earliest, and yet here we see such an alleged device running tests on AnTuTu. And more than just its appearance, its score of 83,774, so far the highest among mobile chips, is sure to raise hopes as well as eyebrows. Of course, nothing it certain at this point in time, but if true, it does bode well for Qualcomm.

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Qualcomm hedges its bets on Snapdragon 820 custom Kryo cores

Qualcomm hedges its bets on Snapdragon 820 custom Kryo cores

Qualcomm has had a rough patch these past months, which started when word about its overheating Snapdragon 810 flagship chip first got out. That would eventually be verified by some and refuted by others. Needless to say, the Snapdragon 810 has been mud on Qualcomm's face. It's salvation, however, might be coming soon. The world's most high profile mobile chip maker has been steadily building up the hype around its upcoming Snapdragon 820, and this time its shedding some light on what its fresh new custom Kryo cores would bring.

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Intel 6th-gen Core “Skylake”: What you need to know

Intel 6th-gen Core “Skylake”: What you need to know

It's the processor revamp gamers have been waiting for, Apple fans have been holding off upgrading over, and video card companies feared. Intel has finally detailed its 6th-generation Core "Skylake" platform, a brand new 14nm architecture putting performance, security, graphics abilities, and power consumption at the forefront, with a sizable nod to Windows 10 in the process.

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Intel’s Skylake war on wires: Charging, displays, more

Intel’s Skylake war on wires: Charging, displays, more

Goodbye rats' nest of cables: hello Intel 6th-gen Core. Not satisfied with putting more grunt, better graphics, and lower power consumption into its latest chips, Intel is declaring renewed war on cables and ports with Skylake, envisioning a brave new world of no wires for displays, charging, or docking your laptop or tablet.

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Qualcomm answers Apple M7 with Snapdragon 820’s co-chip

Qualcomm answers Apple M7 with Snapdragon 820’s co-chip

Qualcomm has detailed its coprocessor for the Snapdragon 820, a supercharged equivalent of Apple's M7 for low-power motion tracking, media playback, and photography. Dubbed the Hexagon 680 DSP, the new addition to the Snapdragon 820 is more than just Qualcomm's response to chips like the M7, which Apple uses to offset continuous data gathering from the main processor. Instead, it's being positioned as a helping-hand for the CPU that could have broad implications on performance and power.

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Intel is finally catching up on mobile

Intel is finally catching up on mobile

This week was Intel usual time to shine at the annual IDF and, unsurprisingly, it revealed a great many things. It even had a Tango smartphone (with a NERF gun!) to show off. Now, if you've been watching the mobile industry for quite some time now, you'd know that "Intel" and "smartphone" don't usually go in the same sentence. Of course, the RealSense Tango smartphone is primarily a developer's toy, but this still makes us ask the big questions. Has Intel finally caught up with its rivals in the mobile space? Or will it be forever trailing behind?

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The need-to-know on Qualcomm Snapdragon 820’s Adreno 530 graphics

The need-to-know on Qualcomm Snapdragon 820’s Adreno 530 graphics

Qualcomm has taken the wraps off of its latest Adreno graphics architecture, the potent GPU to be found in its next-gen Snapdragon 820. The Qualcomm Adreno 5xx series will include GPUs like the 530, intended for the Snapdragon 820, and more affordable versions like the 510, which will be headed for the upcoming Snapdragon 610/618. Rather than throwing numbers at the wall, however Qualcomm says that this time around it started with some key user experiences and worked backwards; I sat down with the company's chip execs at SIGGRAPH 2015 this week to find out more.

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