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Galaxy Note 6, G Flex3 to use beefed up Snapdragon 823

Galaxy Note 6, G Flex3 to use beefed up Snapdragon 823

Qualcomm has barely had time to enjoy its return to prominence after a disastrous 2015 and already the rumor mill is starting to churn for its next mobile processor. Given the amount of flak it received for the Snapdragon 810, however, the chip maker seems to be proceeding with more caution this time around. With most of the early 2016 flagships already on the loose, attention it turning to the later half's stars, the Samsung Galaxy Note 6 and a surprising LG G Flex3. Both, say sources, will run on a Snapdragon 823 instead of the 820.

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LG G5 “Lite” with Snapdragon 652 is real but still coming

LG G5 “Lite” with Snapdragon 652 is real but still coming

Considering the past two years, it's not actually surprising for LG to put out different smartphone models all bearing the same name as its flagship but with specs all over the place. What is rather unusual, however, is for it to have a flagship variant that differs only in CPU and RAM. But that is precisely the case with the so-called LG G5 "Lite" that will be making its way, perhaps exclusively, to Latin American markets. Similar in almost everything else, this variant differs by running on a Snapdragon 652 instead of the 820.

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How Lenovo and Project Tango will reinvent your smartphone

How Lenovo and Project Tango will reinvent your smartphone

Lenovo and Google couldn't have picked a more impressive venue to demonstrate the latest iteration of Project Tango at MWC 2016 nor, indeed, one more suited to its indoor mapping capability. The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya isn't short on fine art, and like most museums you could easily imagine getting lost in its various rooms and corridors.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 LTE Gigabit chip ready for live streaming VR

Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 LTE Gigabit chip ready for live streaming VR

The folks at Qualcomm have revealed that they want to jam so much internet speed through their chips, you won't know what to do with it all. The company's 6th-generation LTE modem chipset will support "download speeds up to 1Gbps" and will be what they describe as "the mobile industry's first announced LTE Advanced Pro modem that also has support for Licensed Assisted Access. While it reach Gigabit Class LTE speeds, this chip will use the same amount of spectrum as Category 9 LTE devices - no big deal!

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Qualcomm sets Snapdragon sights on mobile midrange

Qualcomm sets Snapdragon sights on mobile midrange

Qualcomm has revamped its midrange with a trio of new Snapdragon processors, borrowing some 820 abilities for more affordable smartphones. The Snapdragon 625, 435, and 425 may be cheaper than the flagship Snapdragon 820 but they do offer a number of its headline features, including LTE carrier aggregation support, Qualcomm's Hexagon DSP audio processing, and WiFI 802.11ac MU-MIMO.

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With Snapdragon Wear, Qualcomm promises smaller, smarter wearables

With Snapdragon Wear, Qualcomm promises smaller, smarter wearables

The next Android Wear watches could be smaller, faster, and a whole lot more connected, with Qualcomm announcing a big upgrade to one of its tiniest chipsets. Replacing the Snapdragon 400 that's found in the majority of Android Wear devices today, the new Snapdragon Wear 2100 platform is 30-percent smaller than its predecessor - important, when you need to design something sleek enough to fit comfortably and discretely on a wrist.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 GFX benchmarked against Tegra, Apple

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 GFX benchmarked against Tegra, Apple

A lot is hinging on the Snapdragon 820 this year. After a dismal, almost embarrassing outcome for the Snapdragon 810 last year, the newest chip is the salvation that the mobile chip maker Qualcomm desperately needs. Interestingly, even rival Samsung is betting on it, because its 14 nm FinFET process was used in making the latest Snapdragon. That only means that the performance of this processor will be put under a microscope, which has already begun with this GFXBench sighting which pits the chip against the likes of NVIDIA's Tegra X1 and, of course, Apple's A9.

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Windows Continuum for phones adds mid-range Snapdragon 617

Windows Continuum for phones adds mid-range Snapdragon 617

One of the biggest things that Microsoft has been singing about in Windows 10 is the universal app platform, a utopia where apps written for one device factor will also be usable on others, give or take a few tweaks. Part of that promise is realized in Continuum for Phones, which saw the light of day in the high-end Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL. Now, however, Microsoft is lowering the requirements for Continuum for Phones just a wee bit, embracing mid-range devices running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617.

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What’s inside the Samsung Galaxy S7?

What’s inside the Samsung Galaxy S7?

The Samsung Galaxy S7 is arguably the most hotly-anticipated Android phone of 2016, but the heart of the chip could well be the bigger story. Samsung's flagship is expected to offer the company's own version of a 3D Touch-style pressure sensitive display along with choice of 5.2- and 5.7-inch panels, but it's the processor keeping the phone running that has been prompting speculation.

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 gets its first smartphone

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 gets its first smartphone

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 chipset has found its first home, inside the Le Max Pro smartphone by Chinese brand Letv. The new Android handset not only takes advantage of the 820's faster processor and graphics prowess, but picks up some of Qualcomm's other technology like WiFi 802.11ad.

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Qualcomm Flight teases smart drones from cellphone chips

Qualcomm Flight teases smart drones from cellphone chips

Qualcomm wasn't kidding around when it said it wanted to break its Snapdragon chips out of phones and into drones, and now we know what that looks like. The company is teasing its UAV news for CES 2016 next week with a demo of Snapdragon Flight powered drones, complete with advanced features like autopilot.

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Snapdragon 820 rumored to be exclusive to Samsung until April

Snapdragon 820 rumored to be exclusive to Samsung until April

The tech world in general, and the mobile industry in particular, is an odd one from an outsider and casual onlooker's perspective. Companies that sue each other left and right often supply each other with components. And sometimes rivals even become the best of buds. That might seem to be the case with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820. Not only is it rumored to power the upcoming Galaxy S7, it is now also rumored to be exclusive to Samsung, at least until April 2016, before other OEMs can get their hands on it.

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