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ZTE Nubia X6 announced with Snapdragon 801, near tablet-sized

ZTE Nubia X6 announced with Snapdragon 801, near tablet-sized

With quite a generous screen, the ZTE Nubia X6 was announced with much fanfare at an event in China. When we say generous, we mean a 6.44-inch 1080p display and a 13 megapixel front facing camera for your selfie needs. While the news is good, the only limitation for now seems the China-only release slated for this smartphone.

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Dolby bringing surround sound to tablets and smartphones

Dolby bringing surround sound to tablets and smartphones

One of the reasons why we were so excited about the “Star Trek Into Darkness” movie was the fact that it was being made with the Dolby Atmos technology. Now imagine watching the movie on your tablet or smartphone with the same Dolby Atmos sound effect! Dolby has found a way to ‘trick’ your brains into thinking that surround sound is possible via headphones and tablets.

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Android Wear hardware partners include Motorola, HTC, LG, Samsung, and ASUS

Android Wear hardware partners include Motorola, HTC, LG, Samsung, and ASUS

Android Wear aims to bring a Google revolution to wearables, and among them a variety of hardware partners are already lined up: Samsung, HTC, LG, ASUS, Motorola, and more. Among those, LG and Motorola have both already announced their upcoming entrants into the Android Wear market with two smartwatches: an LG G Watch and Moto 360 smartwatch.

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Android Wear: Google’s wearables play revealed

Android Wear: Google’s wearables play revealed

Today the folks at Google responsible for pushing the future of smart devices have announced Android Wear. This system will be working with manufacturers including Asus, HTC, Motorola, LG, and Samsung - each of whom have already shaken hands with Google on the initiative. This push will work with fashion brands like Fossil Group as well to bring on Android-powered wearables this year.

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Qualcomm introduces new CEO Steve Mollenkopf

Qualcomm introduces new CEO Steve Mollenkopf

Qualcomm today announced a new change up in its business management, ushering in a new CEO to take the place of Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, who has now become the company's Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors. The announcement was made during Qualcomm's Annual Meeting of Stockholders.

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MWC 2014 Qualcomm round-up

MWC 2014 Qualcomm round-up

Mobile World Congress 2014 has neared its end, and over the course of the last few days we got a good look at what it had to offer. Among the plethora of devices was offerings from the biggest chipmakers, among them being Qualcomm. We've rounded up some of the biggest news from the chip maker this past week.

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Apple outs iBeacon specs (and they’re Android-agnostic)

Apple outs iBeacon specs (and they’re Android-agnostic)

Apple has detailed its specifications for iBeacon, its Bluetooth LE indoor location-based services platform, though exact details of the system are still locked down by the Cupertino firm's demands for secrecy. The specifications have been released under NDA, BEEKn reports, though according to information from those familiar with them predominantly concern how iBeacon devices will be branded, not how they are technically different from other Bluetooth LE transmitters.

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Galaxy S5 processor detailed: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 worldwide

Galaxy S5 processor detailed: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 worldwide

Today Qualcomm has stepped forward to reveal the fact that they will be powering the insides of the Samsung Galaxy S5 with their Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 mobile SoC. While we’re not certain that this chipset will be powering the Samsung Galaxy S5 in all regions for all releases of this handset, it’s certainly a big win for the processor maker as this handset will be released on a global scale this upcoming season. Based on what we’ve seen in early (pre-final software, mind you) benchmarks, Qualcomm’s processor power is the one to beat here on the Galaxy S5.

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Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet hands-on

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet hands-on

In an effort to keep the quality spread brought on by the Sony Xperia Z last year to the tablet world, Sony introduced the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet. This device takes on the high-quality build of Sony’s most recent tablet effort and ushers in the next generation with the Xperia Z2 smartphone. This device works with the same waterproofing features as the Z2 smartphone and knocks out some high-powered innards as well.

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Sony Xperia Z2 specifications show 5.2-inch display, 20.7 MP camera, 4K video

Sony Xperia Z2 specifications show 5.2-inch display, 20.7 MP camera, 4K video

With the Sony Xperia Z2, the company is bringing on a smartphone with some early heat in the 2014 hero phone race. This device works with upgrades to each of the key elements in the smartphone experience, including a larger display than in the original Z, a more powerful camera, and the newest in new Qualcomm processors to back it up. This device is also - of course - waterproof.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 610/615 bring 64-bit octacore to midrange

Qualcomm Snapdragon 610/615 bring 64-bit octacore to midrange

Octacore mobile chips are usually the preserve of flagship phones and tablets, but Qualcomm is aiming to bring an abundance of cores to the midrange with its new Snapdragon 610 and 615 processors. Revealed at MWC 2014 today, the new processors include Cat4 LTE modems, dual-SIM/dual active (DSDA), and 64-bit support, with the Snapdragon 615 packing eight ARMv8 cores, while the 610 includes four. While you might think more cores means more power consumption, Qualcomm is arguing that actually the opposite is true.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chip targets mobile flagships

Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chip targets mobile flagships

We've seen some fast smartphones here at MWC 2014 but they're going to get even faster if Qualcomm has its way, with the launch of the new Snapdragon 801. Promising a 14-percent boost in processor performance, 28-percent faster graphics, and 45-percent speedier camera sensor processing over the existing Snapdragon 800, the new SoC is set to show up in devices on shelves before the end of March 2014.

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