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Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 teased with Kryo cores

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 teased with Kryo cores

The first phones running Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810, like the HTC One M9 announced yesterday, may only just be arriving, but the chip firm couldn't help but tease its next-gen silicon. The Snapdragon 820 isn't expected to begin sampling until the second half of 2015, but Qualcomm decided that there was no better place than Mobile World Congress to slip out a few early details about what might be powering your smartphone upgrade in 2016.

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Qualcomm hints HTC One M9 will have Snapdragon 810 SoC

Qualcomm hints HTC One M9 will have Snapdragon 810 SoC

It’s been quite the day for HTC. Not directly, but their incoming One M9 got a heavy grinding courtesy of the leak/rumor mill. A few videos, which have seen their source delete his or her online profile altogether, gave us a ton of info about the device and its set of features. Now, we get something a little more official regarding the HTC One M9 — this time courtesy of Qualcomm. Via Twitter and Vine, Qualcomm is hinting the new HTC flagship will have a Snapdragon 810 SoC.

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Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 620, 618, 425, and 415

Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 620, 618, 425, and 415

This week the folks at Qualcomm have introduced a number of new processors for high volume tiers of smartphones. They've started off with two families: Snapdragon 600 and Snapdragon 400. From there, you'll find units like the Snapdragon 620 and the Snapdragon 618 coming out, ready to "redefine the 600 tier with significantly higher levels of performance with integrated 64-bit ARM Cortex A-72 CPUs and new X8 LTE modems." There's also a new octa-core CPU for the 400 tier - so its looking like even the "lowest end" of the smartphone universe is coming up powerful!

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LG to take on 64-bit Samsung Exynos, Qualcomm Snapdragon

LG to take on 64-bit Samsung Exynos, Qualcomm Snapdragon

There is very little doubt that 2015 will see the shift to 64-bit architecture on mobile processors, especially with Qualcomm making available such chips that straddle all device tiers. Major mobile chip makers are already making the transition, but there seems to be one very small and new player who wants to catch up. LG is now reported to still be eying a spot in the mobile AP (application processor) market with its own 64-bit octa-core chip to rival Qualcomm and, of course, Samsung.

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Qualcomm’s Chromecast-killer is the dongle your TV wants

Qualcomm’s Chromecast-killer is the dongle your TV wants

The competition for a place in one of your TV's HDMI ports looks set to get fiercer, with Qualcomm showing off its take on the streaming adapter, a Snapdragon-based mini Android computer smaller than a box of matches. Dubbed the Qualcomm 4K Streaming Adapter, the bright red box - currently a working reference design - squeezes what's effectively a full Android smartphone, albeit without the touchscreen and battery, into a plug-and-play dongle for your home entertainment needs. While we've seen streaming sticks before, what we haven't seen is such a comprehensive range of wireless options: everything from the latest WiFi, though to LTE Broadcast support, and more.

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Snapdragon 810 benchmarked: 5 things you need to know

Snapdragon 810 benchmarked: 5 things you need to know

The pace of mobile chip development is relentless, something Qualcomm knows better than most with its new Snapdragon 810. Announced nearly a year ago, yet only set to show up in commercial phones and tablets in the coming months, the new Snapdragon arrives at a challenging time in mobile: raw performance simply isn't enough to win customers any more. So, it was with expectations broader than for just another fast chip that I sat down in Qualcomm's San Diego offices, the new Mobile Developer Platform (MDP) tablet and phone in front of me. After the cut, yes, there are benchmarks, but pure potency isn't all that you should care about.

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OEMs rally behind Qualcomm and its Snapdragon 810

OEMs rally behind Qualcomm and its Snapdragon 810

Qualcomm may have admitted to the loss of a "large customer", which everyone knows by now to be Samsung, but the chip maker is far from ready to abdicated the mobile processor market throne. It has now called the banners of different manufacturers to come to its aid and convince the public, investors, and other manufacturers that there is nothing to fear from the Snapdragon 810 and that it is the chip to have for 2015. Noticeably but unsurprisingly, Samsung is absent from the roll call.

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Qualcomm admits “large customer” loss amid Samsung speculation

Qualcomm admits “large customer” loss amid Samsung speculation

They're not naming names, but we can pretty much read between the lines. In its Q1 2015 fiscal report, chip maker Qualcomm is lowering its revenue outlook for the second half of this fiscal year due to a number of huge factors. Aside from a shift in share among OEMs and higthened competition in China, where is actually facing some legal battles, Qualcomm also mentions the loss of a "large customer" of its Snapdragon 810. Given how things are going, it's hard not to believe that it is referring to Samsung.

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Qualcomm puts SafeSwitch kill switch in Snapdragon 810

Qualcomm puts SafeSwitch kill switch in Snapdragon 810

"Kill switch" is the buzz phrase of lawmakers and security enforcers these days, at least when it comes to the issues of smartphone security and theft. Even with some flaws and its fair share of detractors, manufacturers, platform developers, and app developers are scrambling to add some form of the feature into their products. Now even Qualcomm is getting into the game. It is announcing that its own hardware-based SafeSwitch solution will debut on the Snapdragon 810, the chip that is expected to power many high-end mobile devices this year.

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Qualcomm and QNX tag-team the dashboard of the future

Qualcomm and QNX tag-team the dashboard of the future

Someone at Qualcomm has the right idea: buy a brand spanking new Maserati, fit it out with the latest in QNX-running, Snapdragon-powered infotainment, and call it a business expense. The company brought its latest concept for the connected dashboard to CES 2015 for the first time, pairing the Snapdragon 602A car-centric chipset with BlackBerry-owned QNX's latest entertainment, safety, speech recognition, and gesture control systems. Qualcomm's argument is that, if next-gen automotive dashboards really are going to gain traction, it'll take a company with a strong presence in chips to push it, and that's why it thinks its 360-degree watching, radar toting prototype will prove convincing.

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Galaxy Note 4 SM-916S variant seen with Snapdragon 810

Galaxy Note 4 SM-916S variant seen with Snapdragon 810

Benchmarking site Geekbench seems to be confirming one persistent rumor from the past few days. It seems that Samsung indeed has a variant of the Galaxy Note 4 probably headed for its home market of Korea. The difference with this model, shown to be the SM-916S, is that it comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 instead of the 805, the former being the chip maker's high end octa-core processor based on a 64-bit architecture.

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Samsung Galaxy Grand 3 at TENAA rumored to have 64-bit chip

Samsung Galaxy Grand 3 at TENAA rumored to have 64-bit chip

64-bit mobile processors are probably really starting to become a thing if even the low-end starts getting one. That seems to be the case for the upcoming Galaxy Grand 3, one of Samsung's myriad smartphone families. But more than just this processor alone, the picture we can get from this preview of the device could probably leave clues as to how the industry's bottom line will be moving up next year in all other aspects, including RAM size and screen resolution.

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