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Would you buy a Snapdragon 765 5G Pixel 5?

Would you buy a Snapdragon 765 5G Pixel 5?

Do you care which processor is inside your smartphone? An insider tip this week suggested that the next Google smartphone, the Google Pixel 5, will work with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765. For some users, that's a big deal - but why? Let's take a peek at what that piece of hardware is, what it'll do, and why it might be the make-or-break point for prospective consumers.

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Huawei says new US export rules threaten global industries

Huawei says new US export rules threaten global industries

The US government's trade ban on Huawei was meant to bring the company to its knees both as punishment for its alleged cybersecurity crimes as well as a bargaining chip in trade talks with China. For the past 12 months, however, Huawei has found some ways to get around some of those restrictions to maintain its business. Over the weekend, the US Commerce Department dealt what could be the most crippling blow to the company, and, unsurprisingly, Huawei has responded with accusations that the US is attempting to strengthen its technology industry by crushing everyone else's.

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MediaTek Dimensity 820 5G challenges the Snapdragon 765 with dual SIM

MediaTek Dimensity 820 5G challenges the Snapdragon 765 with dual SIM

MediaTek has been on a roll these past weeks, trying to make up for lost time in the mobile market. Of course, it has been aggressively pushing its 5G-enabled Dimensity brand but it has also launched a new mid-range Helio G85 chip for less premium gaming smartphones. Now it's announcing yet another chip, the Dimensity 820 that is clearly trying to take on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 765 with a special twist.

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Huawei might lose HiSilicon Kirin processors with new US rules

Huawei might lose HiSilicon Kirin processors with new US rules

Huawei will, for one more year, have to deal with the effects of remaining on the US' Entity List, effectively barring it from access to US products and technologies. All throughout last year's drama, Huawei remained proud in affirming its independence and its capability to make its own products, especially its own mobile processor via HiSilicon's Kirin. The US Commerce Department, however, has now seeking to block even the latter which could eventually leave Huawei with no processors to use for its new phones in the near future.

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Intel 10th-gen vPro now available for business customers

Intel 10th-gen vPro now available for business customers

We mostly cover consumer technology and products here because those are the things that are most accessible to people. That, however, doesn't discount the innovation and progress that happens in the enterprise and businesses which, more often than not, are what keeps the world churning behind the scenes. In fact, Intel might argue that those businesses may be more profitable but also more sensitive. With its newest fleet of vPro-branded processors, Intel isn't just focusing on performance but also on leveling up its security game to protect these customers.

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MediaTek Helio G85 wants to bring a 1GHz GPU to mid-range phones

MediaTek Helio G85 wants to bring a 1GHz GPU to mid-range phones

Qualcomm has more or less cornered the premium smartphone segment with its Snapdragon 800 series of chips. But with the Snapdragon 765, it is going after the lower tiers by promising not only performance but also 5G in a single package. It's no surprise, then, that MediaTek, its competitor in those markets, is ramping up its efforts to make up for lost time. Its new Helio G85 chipset may not boast of any 5G connectivity but it is, instead, aiming for smartphones designed for gaming for the masses.

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Intel Core i9-10900K flagship leads potent 10th Gen desktop chips

Intel Core i9-10900K flagship leads potent 10th Gen desktop chips

Intel has unveiled its most potent desktop processors, with the 10th Gen Intel Core S-series promising the most grunt-per-watt for gamers and more. The line-up is topped by the new Core i9-10900K, which Intel says will have 10 cores, 20 threads, and support for DDR4-2933 memory.

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Hunting new customers, Arm offers startups its chip tech for free

Hunting new customers, Arm offers startups its chip tech for free

Chip-developer Arm is hoping to snag a place at the heart of new tech startups by offering access to its chip technology for free, staving off costs until products are actually being produced. The Arm Flexible Access for Startups program offers the company's processor designs, tools, and technical support with no fees, assuming the startups fit some criteria.

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Huawei chip deal tipped to weather Trump trade storm

Huawei chip deal tipped to weather Trump trade storm

Huawei is reportedly working with a European chip-maker on chips for mobile devices and cars, as the Chinese firm explores its options with no end in sight for the US export restrictions. The Trump Administration's decision to place sanctions on Huawei has already prevented it from using the full suite of Google apps and services on its Android smartphones.

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Apple’s ARM Mac roadmap leak teases supercharged iPhone chips

Apple’s ARM Mac roadmap leak teases supercharged iPhone chips

Apple's ARM-based Macs are coming in 2021, a new report claims, with the company intending to use a version of its homegrown iPhone and iPad processors to squeeze out Intel. The shift could be the biggest upheaval to Mac since the company migrated away from PowerPC to Intel x86 in 2006, though the ongoing coronavirus pandemic could force some massaging of the roadmap.

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Qualcomm denies benchmark cheating insinuations by MediaTek

Qualcomm denies benchmark cheating insinuations by MediaTek

Qualcomm is arguably the biggest name in the mobile processor market. Although Apple may actually best it in benchmarks and in practice, that victory is pointless for anyone outside of Apple's ecosystem. So when Qualcomm's name gets dragged into any scandal, the mobile market definitely takes a closer look. Unsurprisingly, the US-based chipmaker isn't keeping quiet and is categorically denying it is doing any sort of whitelisting to cheat benchmark apps.

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MediaTek benchmark cheating reopens old wounds

MediaTek benchmark cheating reopens old wounds

A few years ago, a scandal broke out in the smartphone market on how once trustworthy benchmarking tools have become suddenly unreliable because smartphone manufacturers were apparently cheating their way to high numbers. That resulted in massive changes to those tools and even a few lawsuits. Other than that, though, it seems that nothing has really changed because when MediaTek was reported to be doing this kind of cheating, it gave the same response Huawei did two years ago: everyone's doing it anyway.

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