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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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Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight reference platform has advanced video and nav

Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight reference platform has advanced video and nav

Qualcomm has announced a new reference platform that is aimed directly at advancing consumer drone aircraft capabilities. The new platform is called Snapdragon Flight and the reference platform (not pictured) will support small, light drone aircraft that have advanced video and image capture along with advanced communication and navigation features.

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AT&T has an internet hotspot for your car

AT&T has an internet hotspot for your car

The AT&T ZTE device you're about to see is a Wi-fi hotspot for vehicles, and it's coming to AT&T first and foremost here in the USA. This device works with a Qualcomm MDM9215 processor and AT&T's 4G LTE network to bring internet to users' vehicle while it uses their OBD II port (standard in most vehicles in the USA 1996 and newer) for power. This device will require users to pay for data using a SIM card that's added on to their current AT&T data plan.

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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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Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 to have built-in anti-malware feature

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 to have built-in anti-malware feature

If the events of the recent months are any indication, malware on mobile devices, especially Android, is on the rise. As more users store important, sometimes private, data on their mobile devices, the temptation for hackers grow stronger, and so does the need for stronger security measures. Leveraging the unique position of being one the lowest level of the platform stack, Qualcomm is advertising the new Smart Protect feature on its upcoming Snapdragon 820 chip which provides real-time detection of malware that OEMs and security software makers can use to enhance their products.

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