processors

Intel reveals 12th-gen laptop CPUs alongside new desktop chips and Evo specs

Intel reveals 12th-gen laptop CPUs alongside new desktop chips and Evo specs

As expected, today at CES Intel revealed its 12th-generation mobile CPUs for laptops. Today’s announcement follows a year after the reveal of the company’s 12th-gen desktop CPUs, which happened at CES 2021. The lineup of desktop CPUs is getting some new additions today as well, but the primary focus is on the Core i9-12900HK, the flagship CPU for Intel’s new laptop lineup.

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OPPO wants to outdo Google’s Pixel camera magic

OPPO wants to outdo Google’s Pixel camera magic

With foldables slowly becoming more "normal," smartphone makers are jumping on the next fad in mobile: making their own in-house processors, just like Apple's A and M series and Google's new Tensor chipset. A few months back, Vivo debuted its own V1 image processor in the Vivo X70 series, and now distant relative and rival OPPO is following suit. In this case, however, OPPO has the ambitious goal of surpassing Google when it comes to computation photography and AI-powered image processing.

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Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon flagship has a change we didn’t expect

Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon flagship has a change we didn’t expect

Goodbye Snapdragon 898, we didn't even have time to get to know you. Qualcomm is upending branding for its smartphone chipsets, ditching the now-familiar three digit nomenclature on the eve of its latest Snapdragon flagship being announced at the upcoming Snapdragon Summit 2021.

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MediaTek Dimensity 9000 takes its Qualcomm rivalry to the next level

MediaTek Dimensity 9000 takes its Qualcomm rivalry to the next level

For years, MediaTek has been widely regarded as the "cheaper" alternative to Qualcomm's Snapdragons, sort of like the AMD of the mobile world. Just as AMD has been chipping away at Intel's dominance since the rise of its Ryzen line a few years back, MediaTek has been gaining ground in the smartphone space. Spurred by its success in the past few quarters, MediaTek is making its biggest stab at changing the status quo, and the new Dimensity 9000 is just the opening salvo.

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Qualcomm’s answer to the Apple M1 won’t happen until 2023

Qualcomm’s answer to the Apple M1 won’t happen until 2023

Apple's launch of its M1-powered Macs and MacBooks has definitely sent ripples in the computing market. It showed what the ARM architecture is capable of, going beyond smartphones and tablets, and it put Intel and AMD on notice. Those, however, aren't the only ones that might have felt threatened by Apple's growing reputation in the semiconductor space. Qualcomm doesn't seem to be fazed, and it isn't even rushing to rival the Apple Silicon, at least not until 2023.

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Samsung 16Gb LPDDR5X DRAM aims for the metaverse “beyond mobile”

Samsung 16Gb LPDDR5X DRAM aims for the metaverse “beyond mobile”

Samsung revealed their next generation of RAM tech this week with LPDDR5X DRAM. Generally a release like the one Samsung's made public this week has a focus on smartphones, specifically. In this case, the company made an effort to point to uses for this RAM beyond the smartphone.

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Exynos 2200 launch teased as Galaxy S22 confusion continues

Exynos 2200 launch teased as Galaxy S22 confusion continues

If there's one word that can be used to describe the Galaxy S22 as we know it through rumors, it would be "confusing." Although most rumors seem to agree on some of the key aspects of the three phones, they have so far turned out to be a mixed bag of disappointment and hope. Even more confusing, however, is the situation with Samsung's own Exynos 2200 vis-a-vis the Snapdragon 898. At least one part of the uncertainty might finally be put to rest when Samsung announces its graphics-focused silicon next week.

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Galaxy S22 might go all out on Snapdragon 898

Galaxy S22 might go all out on Snapdragon 898

For years, Samsung has always been a two-processor house. It split its flagship series between Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors and its own Exynos silicon. The latter, however, has become quite controversial in the past years, and it seems that the drama might reach its peak in a few months. According to the latest rumor, the premier Galaxy S22 series will all be powered by the Snapdragon 898, with barely or no room for the much-awaited Exynos 2200.

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Snapdragon 898 CPU clock speeds might lag behind Samsung Exynos 2200

Snapdragon 898 CPU clock speeds might lag behind Samsung Exynos 2200

The year is almost over, and most of 2021's smartphones have all been announced already, at least the high-end premium ones. That means that the stage is being set for next year's racehorses, but not before the chips that will power them have been revealed. Given the media focus on the likes of the new Apple Silicon chips and Google's shiny new Tensor, there will undoubtedly be a lot of interest surrounding Qualcomm's and Samsung's next flagship processors, but the Snapdragon maker might have a bit of a problem if this leak for the Snapdragon 898 (or 895) is accurate.

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Google Tensor successor is supposedly already in the works

Google Tensor successor is supposedly already in the works

The first reviews of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro have already started to flow, and things are finally looking up for Google's flagships smartphones. Part of what makes the Pixel 6 special is, of course, the brand new Tensor processor, and while its performance isn't as mind-blowing as the equally new Apple A15, it still manages to deliver what Google promised as far as machine learning functionality is concerned. There's definitely a lot of room for improvement, and it seems that Google is already gearing up for next year's Pixel 7.

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Why Google’s Tensor is a huge deal for Android’s future

Why Google’s Tensor is a huge deal for Android’s future

The Pixel 6, particularly the Pixel 6 Pro, has definitely piqued the interest of smartphone users on the Android side. More than just passing interest, too: Google has implied that high demand for the phones is causing shipment delays and supply problems. But, while Google is undoubtedly pleased by that turnout, its primary interest in the Pixel 6 is undoubtedly the shiny new processor that is the phone's beating heart.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+, 695, 480+ join the 5G mid-range family

Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+, 695, 480+ join the 5G mid-range family

Having 5G networks naturally isn't enough to get 5G adopted by the masses. More than just high-end premium phones, there is an even bigger need to cater to the mid-range market that comprises a large chunk of smartphone users around the world. That is one segment where Qualcomm may have slipped behind its biggest rival, MediaTek, but it won't be taking things sitting down, of course. Qualcomm has just announced three new 5G chipsets and one 4G processor that might power the next batch of smartphones later this year.

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