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Galaxy S7 Snapdragon 820 tipped clocked at max, will need cooling

Galaxy S7 Snapdragon 820 tipped clocked at max, will need cooling

Although Samsung has practically found a winner in Exynos 7420 which powers its latest flagships like the Galaxy Note 5, there are rumors that, for the Galaxy S7 next year, Samsung might actually be back to using Qualcomm's Snapdragon chip for some models. In particular, the Galaxy S7 is now being paired with the newly launched Snapdragon 820. And if these leaked numbers of the SD820's top performance are to be believed, there might indeed be reason for Samsung to want it in its next premium smartphone.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 might ape Lumia to handle heat

Samsung Galaxy S7 might ape Lumia to handle heat

Samsung may hope its upcoming Galaxy S7 smartphone makes a hot splash in the market, but preventing the phone itself from overheating is also high on the agenda. The Galaxy S7 release date isn't expected to be until early 2016, but according to reports out of Korea work is underway to install a still fairly unusual technology that would keep the flagship cool.

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License deal with Xiaomi is a mixed win for Qualcomm

License deal with Xiaomi is a mixed win for Qualcomm

Qualcomm, the highest profile mobile chip maker in the market, has just announced that it has reached a patent licensing agreement with Xiaomi, the highest profile Chinese mobile device maker. Based on the deal, Xiaomi will be paying to be granted the license to develop devices that use Qualcomm's 3G and 4G technologies. Patent licensing deals like this aren't exactly extraordinary, but the implications for the two companies are quite significant, most especially for Qualcomm who is struggling to secure a stronger foothold in the Chinese market.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 spec rumors bring a retro detail back

Samsung Galaxy S7 spec rumors bring a retro detail back

Details of the release of the Samsung Galaxy S7 have been revealed in a series of international registration numbers. Two different sets of Galaxy S7 devices have been revealed, both sets containing next-generation replacements of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. Both the Galaxy S6 Edge and S6 worked with the company's own Exynos processor here in 2015 - the big difference and the addition of extra models next year will be a retro sort of change.

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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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Qualcomm details Snapdragon 820: Phones, drones and VR

Qualcomm details Snapdragon 820: Phones, drones and VR

There's a lot riding on the Snapdragon 820; it's fair to say Qualcomm hasn't had the home-run success with the Snapdragon 810 that it might have hoped for. Questions about the chipset's heat output, not to mention some high-profile defections from flagship device makers like Samsung, cast a shadow over the 810's roll-out.

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Qualcomm: 11ad wireless docks due 2015 for Snapdragon 820

Qualcomm: 11ad wireless docks due 2015 for Snapdragon 820

Is it finally the time for wireless docks to come of age? Qualcomm believes so, with the first 802.11ad WiGig docks based on the company's technology potentially going on sale before the year is out. The chipmaker showed off its newest WiGig tech alongside the Snapdragon 820 in New York City today, baking a tri-wireless chipset into a compact desktop router that could turn a smartphone into a desktop replacement.

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Samsung responds to Snapdragon 820 heat reports [Updated]

Samsung responds to Snapdragon 820 heat reports [Updated]

If you thought Qualcomm's woes over overheating were over, it might be time to think again. [Update: Qualcomm has issued an official statement on the Snapdragon 820 heat rumors]. Its Snapdragon 810 flagship chip was hounded by inconsistent heat problems. The upcoming Snapdragon 820 is supposedly better, though Qualcomm has chosen not to mention anything about it, instead focusing on its key strengths. All seemed well, enough for Samsung to reportedly get behind the new chip as well. Except now there are once again murmurs of heating problems but this time, instead of turning away, Samsung is digging in to help.

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Qualcomm now also breaking out into security cameras

Qualcomm now also breaking out into security cameras

Qualcomm seems to have a lot of time in its hands. Either that or it is feeling a lot of pressure in the mobile device market that it feels the need to try its luck in other corners of the embedded market. Last month the biggest mobile chip maker revealed its plans to take its products to new heights, literally, with a venture into the UAV market. Now it is announcing that it is getting into the security camera business too, taking along some of its core specialties in imaging and network technology.

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Is phone thickness more important than battery life? [POLL]

Is phone thickness more important than battery life? [POLL]

Upon seeing the device HTC One A9 and finding that it has a battery a tiny bit smaller than expected, we got to thinking. At what price do we get a great design for a smartphone? Has it become more important to us to have a device that looks great than to have a device whose battery is large enough to last well through the day? We've not yet tested the HTC One A9 yet, of course, so we don't know how long it'll last on one charge, but the question remains: are we still sacrificing some features in order to attain others?

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HTC One A9 specs revealed in full: battle ready, but not for top-brass

HTC One A9 specs revealed in full: battle ready, but not for top-brass

This morning we're getting up close and personal with the HTC One A9, the newest smartphone from the creator of the HTC One and HTC Desire series. This device works with a new design, appearing to bring convergence between the two series of smartphones, working with the rounded edges of the Desire collection and the metal of the HTC One from the past several generations. This device works with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor and a 5-inch 1080p display - so you know it's not meant to compete directly with the biggest and best smartphones on the market.

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Qualcomm is selling its Vuforia AR team to focus on chips

Qualcomm is selling its Vuforia AR team to focus on chips

Augmented reality may be the future but making money from it is proving tricky, and now Qualcomm is the latest to bow out of AR. The company has confirmed it will sell its Vuforia business, the AR toolkit and engine that powers devices like Mattel's re-envisioning of the View Master for the 21st century.

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