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What’s inside the Samsung Galaxy S7?

What’s inside the Samsung Galaxy S7?

The Samsung Galaxy S7 is arguably the most hotly-anticipated Android phone of 2016, but the heart of the chip could well be the bigger story. Samsung's flagship is expected to offer the company's own version of a 3D Touch-style pressure sensitive display along with choice of 5.2- and 5.7-inch panels, but it's the processor keeping the phone running that has been prompting speculation.

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Samsung 14nm LPP process used on Exynos 8 Octa, Snapdragon 820

Samsung 14nm LPP process used on Exynos 8 Octa, Snapdragon 820

Samsung has just revealed more details about its newest top of the line processor, the Exynos 8 Octa. The chip already has the distinction of being the OEM's first integrated one-chip solution. Now Samsung is braging about the manufacturing technology behind the chip. To be specific, the new 14 nanometer FinFET Low Power Plus (LPP) process it uses promises even greater savings in energy without gimping on processing power. Interestingly, Samsung also took the opportunity to publicly confirm that Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 indeed uses this Samsung process.

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Intel has new chips with some odd model numbers

Intel has new chips with some odd model numbers

Intel is just in the middle of its regular processor release cadence but that doesn't mean it won't be launching some new chips in between. It has, in fact, added a total of 8 new processors, not only for its new 6th gen Skylake family but even for the previous line of Broadwell chips. Intel even has two new ultra-low voltage Celeron processors. The list, however, is populated by six chips whose model numbers are either rare or, in one case, has never been seen before.

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Samsung Exynos 8 Octa 8890 is its first premium one-chip solution

Samsung Exynos 8 Octa 8890 is its first premium one-chip solution

About two weeks ago, Samsung unveiled its next generation system-on-chip or SoC, the Exynos 8 Octa. Now it is revealing what will be the first member of that new family, the Exynos 8 Octa 8890. This processor brings together all the latest in the silicon industry, including a 14 nm FinFET process as well as combining both application processor and a powerful new cellular LTE modem in a single chip. This new flagship processor is expected to power the Korean OEM's Galaxy S7 smartphone, due to be revealed by February next year.

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Samsung Exynos 8 Octa: first integrated chip, first custom cores

Samsung Exynos 8 Octa: first integrated chip, first custom cores

Now we know one of the new things that the Galaxy S7 could be boasting about next year. That is, if you lavish attention to intricate tech details such as these. Samsung has just announced the Exynos 8890, its first chip in the new Exynos 8 Octa series. It also happens to be a first in many things, like its first 14 nm FinFET process chip, it's first integrated CP and modem chip, and its first custom core design chip. Of course, given its flagship status, we expect to see it in Samsung's upcoming flagship as well.

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Five good reasons to be excited for Snapdragon 820

Five good reasons to be excited for Snapdragon 820

Qualcomm's finalized the Snapdragon 820 hardware, the software is ready, and now we just need to see devices. Turns out, though, that there's more than running your favorite apps and getting you online to the newest chipset in Qualcomm's line-up; in fact, there are plenty of value-adds that might just give devices an edge over the ubiquitous iPhone and other handsets.

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Google said to be interested in designing its own Android chipsets

Google said to be interested in designing its own Android chipsets

Ever since Apple's A6 chip, the Cupertino company has designed its own processors for its mobile devices. According to a new report, Google is looking to start doing the same for Android devices, giving it more control and stability for the platform. This news comes from The Information, and indicates Google is looking to address a number of the fragmentation issues with Android that have come up in recent years by creating a more consistent ecosystem.

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Huawei’s new Kirin 950 gets an unbelievable 83,000 on AnTuTu

Huawei’s new Kirin 950 gets an unbelievable 83,000 on AnTuTu

Huawei has just unveiled its new high-end processor, the Kirin 950, and it is already boasting quite a few firsts and bests. While some of those might not exactly be new to our ears, Huawei's Kirin chips aren't exactly as mainstream as, say, a Snapdragon, an Exynos, or even a MediaTek. If Huawei manages to deliver on all the promises of this chip without the expected side effects, it could very well have a formidable competitor that could further push the Chinese OEM into the international mobile market.

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Apple loses patent battle over A7, A8 CPU chips

Apple loses patent battle over A7, A8 CPU chips

As the source of many patent lawsuits, Apple is no stranger to also being the target of some. This latest one, however, strikes at the almost literal heart of its devices. Early last year, the University of Wisconsin's Alumni Research Foundation, or WARF, sued Apple for infringing on its patents that are used in Apple's custom A7, A8, and A8X chips. More than a year later, a US jury found Apple guilty of the charges, which could see the company pay up to $682 million in damages.

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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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