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Qualcomm ultrasound pen goes skinny for phablets

Qualcomm ultrasound pen goes skinny for phablets

Qualcomm has slimmed down its ultrasound pen, making the sonic stylus potentially fit inside a Galaxy Note 3-scale smartphone for more portable use. The pen, which uses sound tracking to deliver a tablet stylus with better accuracy than the average digitizer, has been trimmed in its latest iteration, now sized to fit inside the silo in a phone rather than in a tablet portfolio.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 805: Hands-on and benchmarked

Qualcomm Snapdragon 805: Hands-on and benchmarked

Qualcomm is readying the Snapdragon 805, and with new processors - and the superlatives to go along with them - proliferating, it’s trying to address the question of whether the new chip is the “Next Big Thing” or not. I caught up with Qualcomm to find out what makes the Snapdragon 805 special, to run some early benchmarks ahead of the first commercial devices arriving later in the year, and to see if its advances in 4K, CPU/GPU performance, camera tech, and more add up to a chip worth having.

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Surface Mini Snapdragon switch tipped as whole range refreshed

Surface Mini Snapdragon switch tipped as whole range refreshed

Microsoft's "Surface mini" will be one of a number of new Windows tablets revealed on May 20th, insiders claim, with the software giant said to be readying both Windows RT and full Windows 8.1 models. The new Surface RT 8.1 models will also mark a switch in architecture, it's suggested, with Qualcomm's Snapdragon said to be under the hood.

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YEZZ outs Windows Phone 8.1 with “Billy”

YEZZ outs Windows Phone 8.1 with “Billy”

When you want to make a unique mark in the smartphone universe, one of the easiest places to begin is with your device’s name. The name "Billy 4.7" has been chosen by the folks at YEZZ, this being their first Windows Phone 8.1 device to head to market. This device will feature a 4.7-inch display and the thinnest body yet revealed for a Windows Phone 8.1 device.

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LG G3 specifications dropping back

LG G3 specifications dropping back

It would appear that the LG G3 is going to take some heavy cues from the last generation, building on the LG G2’s unique look and feel. This device will have the same odd back-facing keys as its predecessor, as well as the LG G Flex. This device will also be coming in multiple colors - starting with black and white.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 and 808 64-bit CPUs detailed

Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 and 808 64-bit CPUs detailed

Qualcomm has announced its two latest CPUs for mobile devices including the Snapdragon 810 and 808. Both of the processors are 64-bit enabled and have integrated support for CAT 6 LTE Advanced/Carrier Aggregation up to 60 MHz. That tech means that the chips both support connectivity at up to 300 Mbps. Qualcomm says that these CPUs are the first to offer Cat 6 LTE, advanced multimedia features, and 64-bit capability in a single design.

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HTC One M8: packed with Qualcomm hardware

HTC One M8: packed with Qualcomm hardware

In an effort to engage the world as fast and effectively as possible with their latest launch, HTC has both revealed and placed on sale, (and given to reviewers), the HTC One M8 this week, all in the span of a day. They’ve also apparently had an HTC One M8 sent to the folks at iFixit to give a proper teardown treatment right off the bat, showing all the innards with great ease.

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ZTE Nubia X6 announced with Snapdragon 801, near tablet-sized

ZTE Nubia X6 announced with Snapdragon 801, near tablet-sized

With quite a generous screen, the ZTE Nubia X6 was announced with much fanfare at an event in China. When we say generous, we mean a 6.44-inch 1080p display and a 13 megapixel front facing camera for your selfie needs. While the news is good, the only limitation for now seems the China-only release slated for this smartphone.

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Dolby bringing surround sound to tablets and smartphones

Dolby bringing surround sound to tablets and smartphones

One of the reasons why we were so excited about the “Star Trek Into Darkness” movie was the fact that it was being made with the Dolby Atmos technology. Now imagine watching the movie on your tablet or smartphone with the same Dolby Atmos sound effect! Dolby has found a way to ‘trick’ your brains into thinking that surround sound is possible via headphones and tablets.

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MWC 2014 Qualcomm round-up

MWC 2014 Qualcomm round-up

Mobile World Congress 2014 has neared its end, and over the course of the last few days we got a good look at what it had to offer. Among the plethora of devices was offerings from the biggest chipmakers, among them being Qualcomm. We've rounded up some of the biggest news from the chip maker this past week.

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Galaxy S5 processor detailed: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 worldwide

Galaxy S5 processor detailed: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 worldwide

Today Qualcomm has stepped forward to reveal the fact that they will be powering the insides of the Samsung Galaxy S5 with their Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 mobile SoC. While we’re not certain that this chipset will be powering the Samsung Galaxy S5 in all regions for all releases of this handset, it’s certainly a big win for the processor maker as this handset will be released on a global scale this upcoming season. Based on what we’ve seen in early (pre-final software, mind you) benchmarks, Qualcomm’s processor power is the one to beat here on the Galaxy S5.

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Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet hands-on

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet hands-on

In an effort to keep the quality spread brought on by the Sony Xperia Z last year to the tablet world, Sony introduced the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet. This device takes on the high-quality build of Sony’s most recent tablet effort and ushers in the next generation with the Xperia Z2 smartphone. This device works with the same waterproofing features as the Z2 smartphone and knocks out some high-powered innards as well.

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