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Samsung Exynos 9 8895 brings 5CA, vision processing to mobile

Samsung Exynos 9 8895 brings 5CA, vision processing to mobile

New Samsung flagship smartphones are usually preceded by a new Samsung processor. Just because the Galaxy S8 is being delayed doesn’t mean the manufacturer also has to delay its new Exynos. Perhaps months before it lands on any consumer product, Samsung is revealing the Exynos 9 Series, specifically the Exynos 8895 application processor, its first to be built on the latest 10 nm FinFET process. And while the chip in itself is already interesting from a computing standpoint, it also hints at the features that we can expect in the coming Galaxy S8.

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Xiaomi “Pinecone” SoC to be fully revealed at MWC 2017

Xiaomi “Pinecone” SoC to be fully revealed at MWC 2017

Xiaomi was once seen as one of the fastest growing smartphone company in China and its popularity has reached even the US, even while its smartphones have not. Of late, some might have gotten the impression that Xiaomi has slowed down its formerly aggressive push in the market, perhaps brought about by spreading itself too thin too fast. At MWC 2017 next week, however, it will show that it’s still very much in the game by revealing an ambitious thrust to puts its own system-on-chip, currently named “Pinecone”, at the heart of its mobile devices.

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Xiaomi smartphone chip plans could see Qualcomm face-off

Xiaomi smartphone chip plans could see Qualcomm face-off

Xiaomi may have surged rapidly into the public eye (and all that without - officially - a phone on sale in the US) but its next ambitions are even bigger: ousting Qualcomm from its devices. The Chinese company - which has everything from smartphones through smart TVs, and portable batteries to smart home gadgets in its line-up - is notorious for its loyal and vocal fans and aggressive pricing. Now, Xioami is reportedly turning to silicon.

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MediaTek Helio P25 brings dual camera support to mid-range

MediaTek Helio P25 brings dual camera support to mid-range

Dual cameras are the big thing in smartphones these days, to the point that even less expensive, less premium smartphones are starting to flaunt such digital photography features. But simply having two main cameras doesn't exactly mean the rest of the phone is well-equipped to handle the task. That is why MediaTek is launching its new Helio P25 mobile processor to specifically address that need among more "power efficient" smartphones.

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Intel’s Cannon Lake joins Qualcomm in the year of 10nm

Intel’s Cannon Lake joins Qualcomm in the year of 10nm

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich confirmed this week that the company will be releasing their newest architecture "Cannon Lake" within the next year. This isn't exactly the most specific launch window, but it does place the next generation of i-series notebooks inside the next 12 months. Better battery life, less power consumption, less heat, and better performance are on the way with Cannon Lake, Intel's first 10nm architecture.

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New 7th gen Intel Cores put the focus on performance, gaming

New 7th gen Intel Cores put the focus on performance, gaming

If you thought that Intel was done with its Kaby Lake generation of Core processors, then its CES 2017 announcement just proved you wrong. Then again, it’s not surprising either. The first batch of 7th gen “Kaby Lake” Intel Core CPUs it announced back in August were part of its Y-series, focused primarily on detachables and PCs on a stick. Now it is putting its 14 nm processors into full swing with U, H, and S series that aim for more powerful PCs, especially gaming ones.

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Qualcomm unveils mid-range SoCs, gigabit LTE, 5G modem chips

Qualcomm unveils mid-range SoCs, gigabit LTE, 5G modem chips

Now that most of 2016’s key smartphones have been revealed, the mobile market can take a breather and focus on the next generation of technologies that will underlie next year’s devices. Samsung fired the opening salvo with the announcement of its 10 nm FinFET Exynos processor. Naturally, Qualcomm isn’t going to be left behind. But instead of simply announcing new processors, three of them even, it is actually unveiling three new chips that will be pushing the envelope of tomorrow’s smartphones and tablets.

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Xiaomi said to make its own mobile processor named “Meri”

Xiaomi said to make its own mobile processor named “Meri”

Soon, it will probably be easier to talk about what Xiaomi isn’t doing yet rather than what the growing Chinese giant is doing next. Following last week’s leak of Xiaomi’s supposedly flexible display prototype, there is now word that it will soon also be making its own mobile processor for at least some of its processors. While it’s hardly going to compete with the likes of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon or Samsung’s Exynos, it does reflect the Chinese company’s desires to step further into the big leagues as far as the smartphone market is concerned.

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Samsung reveals first 14nm FinFET Exynos chip for wearables

Samsung reveals first 14nm FinFET Exynos chip for wearables

Samsung might be moving even closer to independence from Qualcomm. It already has its own application processor for smartphones and is rumored to soon up the ante with its graphics performance. And now it is also striking at the heart of Qualcomm’s newest market: processors for wearables. The Korean technology giant has just announced the start of mass production of the Exynos 7 Dual 7270, a dual-core processor that’s squarely aimed at the wearable, particularly smartwatch, market, taking on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear.

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Qualcomm Clear Sight dual camera tech mimics human eyes

Qualcomm Clear Sight dual camera tech mimics human eyes

Cameras are the big focus of smartphones this year, and dual cameras are all the rage. Even Apple has joined the party with the iPhone 7 Plus. But camera sensors don’t do all the work by themselves and usually work in tandem with dedicated image processors. And when it comes to mobile processors, Qualcomm is pretty much the king of the hill. That is why it is now proudly announcing its new dual camera technology called Clear Sight, which works in perfect harmony with the its Spectra image signal processor (ISP) found in none other than its latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and 821 mobile processors.

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iPhone 7, 7 Plus batteries revealed, A10 chip tops the charts

iPhone 7, 7 Plus batteries revealed, A10 chip tops the charts

Apple is not one to talk about hard specs, preferring to use market-speak in words that regular consumers would presumably understand better, words like “x times faster” or “n hours longer”. Usually it’s up to third-party sites and benchmarks to verify, or even refute, such claims. Despite some rather controversial features, or the lack of them, the iPhone 7 and the larger iPhone 7 Plus seems to at least deliver on the promise of a better battery life and a more powerful processor.

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Sony Ultra 4K streaming service comes to Intel 7th Gen Core PCs

Sony Ultra 4K streaming service comes to Intel 7th Gen Core PCs

While 4K televisions are finally starting to come down in price, the availability of 4K video content to watch on them is still slim. To help push the sales of its own 4K TVs, earlier this year Sony announced its own 4K streaming video service dubbed Ultra. Now the company wants to make the Ultra service available on PCs, and has teamed up with Intel to launch it in January. The only catch? Users must be running Intel's new 7th Gen Core processor.

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