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Qualcomm answers Apple M7 with Snapdragon 820’s co-chip

Qualcomm answers Apple M7 with Snapdragon 820’s co-chip

Qualcomm has detailed its coprocessor for the Snapdragon 820, a supercharged equivalent of Apple's M7 for low-power motion tracking, media playback, and photography. Dubbed the Hexagon 680 DSP, the new addition to the Snapdragon 820 is more than just Qualcomm's response to chips like the M7, which Apple uses to offset continuous data gathering from the main processor. Instead, it's being positioned as a helping-hand for the CPU that could have broad implications on performance and power.

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Qualcomm focuses on VR for new flagship Snapdragon

Qualcomm focuses on VR for new flagship Snapdragon

Qualcomm may not be powering the Galaxy Note 5, but the company is looking further afield for applications of its upcoming Snapdragon 820, with an emphasis on VR. The new chip, which is expected to begin appearing in devices in the first half of 2016, is likely to figure strongly in smartphones and tablets - areas in which Qualcomm already has a sizable footprint. However, ambitions for the processor are far broader than that, with specific hardware decisions made to satisfy virtual reality applications.

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The need-to-know on Qualcomm Snapdragon 820’s Adreno 530 graphics

The need-to-know on Qualcomm Snapdragon 820’s Adreno 530 graphics

Qualcomm has taken the wraps off of its latest Adreno graphics architecture, the potent GPU to be found in its next-gen Snapdragon 820. The Qualcomm Adreno 5xx series will include GPUs like the 530, intended for the Snapdragon 820, and more affordable versions like the 510, which will be headed for the upcoming Snapdragon 610/618. Rather than throwing numbers at the wall, however Qualcomm says that this time around it started with some key user experiences and worked backwards; I sat down with the company's chip execs at SIGGRAPH 2015 this week to find out more.

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Snapdragon 412, 212 pushes the low-end even higher

Snapdragon 412, 212 pushes the low-end even higher

Qualcomm has received a lot of flak for the Snapdragon 810 and its overheating infamy. But while that is indeed big news, it is so far the only huge blot in the company's track record. Qualcomm's Snapdragons continue to power a whole range of devices, from the high-end flagships to the low-end budget phones. And with the new Snapdragon 412 and 212 chips, Qualcomm is again trying to push the boundaries of low tier devices, further eating into the once untouchable market dominated by MediaTek.

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OnePlus 2 hands-on – The Android wild-card

OnePlus 2 hands-on – The Android wild-card

Seldom are the life-lessons so clear when you launch a follow-up product, like the new OnePlus 2 Android smartphone. Born of a desire to cater to the whims of the Android enthusiast, the requests were simple: they wanted power, they wanted affordability, and they wanted it right now. The original OnePlus One succeeded on the first two of those counts but notoriously botched the third. Now, still bearing a near-astonishing SIM-free, unlocked price tag - starting at $329 - but brought up to speed with 2015's finest, the OnePlus 2 is aiming for the hat trick. I caught up with OnePlus to see what's new.

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Sony might be sticking with Snapdragon 810 for Xperia Z5

Sony might be sticking with Snapdragon 810 for Xperia Z5

Qualcomm might have found a staunch and loyal friend in Sony. If it hasn't yet, it should. Despite all the flak it received precisely because of the Snapdragon 810 processor, it seems that Sony isn't about to jump ship. At least not for some upcoming smartphones. User Agent profiles of two device lines, particularly a certain E6603 and E5803, believed to be the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact respectively, show evidence that those two will run on the almost ill-fated chip, which is bound not to sit well with those hoping for better Sony flagship before the year ends.

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HTC One M9 confirmed to already use Snapdragon 810 v2.1

HTC One M9 confirmed to already use Snapdragon 810 v2.1

There just seem to be no end to the controversy that looms over the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 like the sword of Damocles. Varying reports, varying experiences, and varying OEM support all cast a cloud of doubt over the chip. Supposedly, salvation would come from a certain version 2.1 of the embattled processor, but now it seems that even that is for naught. HTC's own Jeff Gordon publicly reveals that the One M9 already runs on v2.1, which, sadly, only reaffirms suspicions that the SD810 is a lost cause.

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Inside FIRST’s scheme to make Android the heart of STEM robotics

Inside FIRST’s scheme to make Android the heart of STEM robotics

For a platform called Android, it’s surprising that it’s taken this long to see it jump into robotics, but if FIRST and Qualcomm have their way a new generation of young people will make it the de-facto standard. FIRST - the organization set up by Dean Kamen of Segway fame “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology” - announced back in March it would drop LEGO for Android for one of its robotics tournaments, and while those games don’t start until 2016, I stopped by this year’s FIRST Championship in St. Louis to get a preview of the system.

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Qualcomm shows off Snapdragon’s hybrid auto focus chops

Qualcomm shows off Snapdragon’s hybrid auto focus chops

After receiving a good bashing over a particular processor, perhaps Qualcomm saw it fit to spread some good vibes around. And by good vibes, we mean trying to sell the other features that its mobile chips are good at. And since mobile photography is one of the newest fads and also the trickiest, it pays to show how your product can help make the almost impossible possible and make a great shot without having to take out your DSLR, or even take it out of the house.

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OnePlus 2 to feature Snapdragon 810 v2.1 with no overheating

OnePlus 2 to feature Snapdragon 810 v2.1 with no overheating

Android smartphone manufacturer, OnePlus, has a new model, the OnePlus 2 on the way. After the smartphone specs detailed in a recent leak, the company came forward and unveiled that the powerhouse behind the new handset will be the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 v2.1 CPU. Recently, the 810 has been tied to overheating in other devices, making users worry about future capabilities of the OnePlus 2.

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Xperia Z3+ video shows Snapdragon 810’s continuing woe

Xperia Z3+ video shows Snapdragon 810’s continuing woe

The evidence against the Snapdragon 810 just seems to be piling up. When the HTC One M9 was launched, Qualcomm brushed off complaints about overheating to the unfinished quality of the early models that were being tested. It might try to use that same reasoning with this supposedly prototype version of the Xperia Z3+ that is caught on video heating excessively when using its camera. The problem, however, is that the smartphone supposedly uses a revised version of the chip that already addresses such issues.

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