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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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NVIDIA’s patent case against Samsung and Qualcomm stumbles

NVIDIA’s patent case against Samsung and Qualcomm stumbles

NVIDIA's hopes to tie up Samsung and Qualcomm in an expensive sales ban over mobile graphics chips has hit a roadblock. The company had sought an injunction from the United States International Trade Commission, alleging that rival chipmakers were infringing on its graphics patents with silicon found inside - among others - the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S5.

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Nexus 6P hands-on: Google’s top-tier

Nexus 6P hands-on: Google’s top-tier

The Nexus 6P is not your average Nexus smartphone - it's not just a baseline device. With a 5.7-inch display with 2560 x 1440 pixels and AMOLED technology, this device instantly competes with the highest-end smartphones on the market today. Google also suggests that its camera technology is top notch - coming with a 12.3-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture, 1.55 µm pixels, an IR Laser assisted autofocus, broad-spectrum CRI-90 dual-LED flash, and the ability to capture 4K video at 30fps, this device appears - spec-wise - to be ready to do battle with the best.

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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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