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Windows 10 on Snapdragon 835 devices are still coming

Windows 10 on Snapdragon 835 devices are still coming

Perhaps there is a perfectly reasonable explanation why Microsoft doesn't seem to be so invested in its Windows 10 Mobile platform or the devices that rely on it. It might, instead, be more interested in getting a full Windows 10 version running on ARM-based devices. Either way, such kinds of devices are really in the works. At least that's what Qualcomm reportedly said at its Q2 2017 earnings call. Though you probably be holding your breath, because even Qualcomm itself doesn't expect things to fall into place until much later this year.

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Qualcomm to refund BlackBerry $815 million in patent royalties

Qualcomm to refund BlackBerry $815 million in patent royalties

Qualcomm just can't seem to catch a break. Which is probably the price to pay for being such a successful and high-profile company. While it is still in a tug of war with Apple, it has just announced its loss to BlackBerry in a different but eerily similar case. The two companies have announced that an arbitration panel is requiring Qualcomm to pay BlackBerry $814.9 million. All because BlackBerry says it has actually overpaid Qualcomm some patent royalties.

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Qualcomm bites back at Apple over unfair licensing lawsuit

Qualcomm bites back at Apple over unfair licensing lawsuit

Qualcomm is probably the largest maker of mobile processors in the market, which pretty much means it has a large target painted on its back. It isn't a stranger to lawsuits, even those brought against it by government. But when Apple joined the fray, it took on a slightly different story. Last January, Apple sued Qualcomm for, among other things, unfair licensing costs and retaliation. Now Qualcomm is fighting back with claims of its own, saying that Apple was, in fact, the one using shady tactics to harm Qualcomm's business.

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Google Pixel 2: Processor Devil’s in the Details

Google Pixel 2: Processor Devil’s in the Details

We're still several months out from the new Google Pixel 2 devices, but at this early stage of the game we've gone digging into what we can expect from the new Android flagships. Based on data from a source with information on the subject as well as our own investigations, we've got a pretty decent idea of what the basics will be for Google's next flagships. Google might be at the helm of Android, but even it has to work with the state of play in the component industry, not to mention whatever trends are at work at the time. Because of that, we can build a fair picture this far ahead of reveal and release.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 benchmarks produced mixed results

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 benchmarks produced mixed results

Newer doesn't always mean better. Qualcomm learned that the hard way with the Snapdragon 810, its first new 64-bit processor/platform, notorious for its heat problems. And it might be reminded of that again, though thankfully to a less dangerous degree, with the Snapdragon 835. LG downplayed the advantages of the chip over the Snapdragon 821 it chose for the LG G6, and it seems there was actual basis for that. AnandTech was given some exclusive time to benchmark the Snapdragon 835 and, while there were clear improvements, the processor exhibited some rather mixed performance results compared to both its predecessors as well as its peers.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 205 brings Cat. 4 LTE to feature phones

Qualcomm Snapdragon 205 brings Cat. 4 LTE to feature phones

With all the focus on the high-end, premium smartphones, it’s almost too easy to take for granted that not everyone in the world needs or can even afford such devices. In some markets, smartphones are still a luxury. At the same time, however, Internet access is fast becoming a staple of modern life, even in those markets where non-smart “feature” phones are still more common than smart ones. To give them a fighting chance, Qualcomm has unveiled the Snapdragon 205 platform, not processor, that brings LTE Category 4 capabilities to feature phones.

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Galaxy S8+ with Exynos 8895 might be faster than Snapdragon 835

Galaxy S8+ with Exynos 8895 might be faster than Snapdragon 835

Samsung is in a rather “interesting” position as far as silicon production goes. On the one hand, it makes its own Exynos application processor, which is plans to soon push harder to other OEMs. On the other hand, it now fabricates some of Qualcomm’s, specifically the Snapdragon 820, and now, the 835. You might think there’ll be a conflict of interest, especially when you see that, at least on Geekbench, the Samsung Galaxy S8+ running on an Exynos 8895 has a lead over the same phone running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835.

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Qualcomm is no longer making processors (they’re calling them Platforms)

Qualcomm is no longer making processors (they’re calling them Platforms)

This week the folks at Qualcomm have announced their decision to change the way they present their hardware. Instead of calling the technology they create a "Qualcomm Snapdragon processor", they'll be calling it a "Qualcomm Snapdragon Mobile Platform." This should serve to better differentiate the full scope of what Qualcomm does - that's essentially deliver a platform, yes, from which a smartphone (or other smart devices) can process, connect, and deliver data to the end user.

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Low 10nm processor yields could delay high-end smartphone

Low 10nm processor yields could delay high-end smartphone

Newer doesn’t always mean better, especially when it actually makes things worse. For all the benefits that the new 10 nm FinFET manufacturing process has for making silicon, it could put a dent in the schedule of smartphone makers in the long run. Sources are now reporting that the yields for 10 nm chips are lower than expected and it is causing smartphone manufacturers to delay shipments of their smartphones to late in the second quarter, perhaps even later.

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Galaxy S8+ shows up at Geekbench with impressive numbers

Galaxy S8+ shows up at Geekbench with impressive numbers

We won’t be seeing the Samsung Galaxy S8 later this month but it’s already trying to wow the geek crowd. At least based on the supposed Galaxy S8 that just landed on Geekbench. With model number SM-G955U, which is for the “Plus” model (the plain Galaxy S8 goes by SM-G950 only), the smartphone is noted to have a single-core performance score of 1929 and a multi-core score of 6084, which pretty much puts it at the top of the list as far as CPUs go.

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Samsung secretly had an Exynos-powered VR headset at MWC 2017

Samsung secretly had an Exynos-powered VR headset at MWC 2017

Although it already has its Gear VR platform, co-developed with Oculus, Samsung may have more ambitious plans for its virtual reality push. Behind closed doors at MWC 2017, Samsung was reportedly giving select partners a demonstration of prototype VR headsets, ones that don’t need a smartphone or a PC to function. These standalone headsets, instead, carried their own processing power and at the heart of that is Samsung’s brand new Exynos 9 chip.

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Key 5G players push for 2019 next-gen network launch

Key 5G players push for 2019 next-gen network launch

5G could get here sooner than expected, with an unexpected push from a number of carriers and modem makers to get the super-fast next-gen networks up and running in 2019. The news, announced at Mobile World Congress 2017 this week, would see 5G going live - in large-scale trials and early deployments, at least - a year ahead of the current goal of 2020. However, it's not as easy as just moving a few dates around on the calendar.

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