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Motorola Moto G9 released for $154: Why not USA?

Motorola Moto G9 released for $154: Why not USA?

India seems to be the place where companies like Motorola are really fighting fiercely for the market with smartphones that go to the extreme. In this case, that means a Motorola Moto G9 was released in India for ₹11,499 (approximately $154) with a set of specifications that are more than powerful enough for most consumers. Why can't the United States get a value proposition like that?

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Google, Qualcomm, and Nokia bet HMD Global makes your first 5G phone

Google, Qualcomm, and Nokia bet HMD Global makes your first 5G phone

HMD Global just closed a $230-million dollar investment round with investments from Google, Qualcomm, and Nokia. This makes a whole lot of sense as HMD Global works with Foxconn to create Nokia-branded (brand licensed) Android smartphones with Qualcomm Snapdragon processors inside. They've made some pretty decent smartphones over the past few years, and they're on the verge of becoming a premiere player in the "highly affordable smartphones with 5G connectivity" market.

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400 Qualcomm Snapdragon DSP chip bugs put phones at risk [UPDATE]

400 Qualcomm Snapdragon DSP chip bugs put phones at risk [UPDATE]

The size of smartphones often belies the power they hold as well as the complexity of their construction. Phones may be said to come from this or that country or manufacturer but the truth is that different parts can be traced back to different sources and suppliers. All smartphones have many components in common, of course, and Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors have the lion's share of those. Unfortunately, that also means that when that particular chip turns out to have a vulnerability, it also puts the majority of the world's smartphones at risk.

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Qualcomm is seeking a license to sell 5G chips for Huawei’s phones

Qualcomm is seeking a license to sell 5G chips for Huawei’s phones

It seems that Huawei is quickly running out of time to keep its mobile business from getting significantly impacted by its tussle with the US government. It has just confirmed that its upcoming high-end Mate 40 series flagship will be the last of its kind to bear its equally high-end systems-on-chip, the Kirin processors made by subsidiary HiSilicon. While there is still a great deal of uncertainty in HiSilicon's future, Huawei has apparently gained an unlikely champion in Qualcomm.

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MediaTek Dimensity 5G could finally see global reach soon

MediaTek Dimensity 5G could finally see global reach soon

Like it or not, Qualcomm is the name of the game when it comes to systems-on-chip (SoCs) in smartphones. Apple's A silicon may surpass it but is only available for iPhones. Samsung's Exynos has been criticized for lagging behind and Huawei's Kirin is now an endangered specie. The closest thing it has to a rival is really MediaTek but the latter's latest 5G-enabled Dimensity chipsets have so far been confined to China. That may finally be changing but it remains to be seen how the chipmaker plans on breaking Qualcomm's hold on the market.

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Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro+ might have a GPU feature found only on desktops

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro+ might have a GPU feature found only on desktops

Smartphones are slowly but surely approaching PC-level performance, enough for certain companies to bank on mobile technologies to power their next-gen computers. One area where mobile still can't catch up with is in graphics and it will still be a long time before it ever will. That said, it seems that there are efforts from Qualcomm and Chinese phone makers like Xiaomi that are giving users the option of tweaking their phones' graphics performance to their preferences and needs.

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Niantic won’t make its own Pokemon GO smart glasses

Niantic won’t make its own Pokemon GO smart glasses

Pokemon GO developer Niantic may be creating a set of augmented reality smart glasses, but it has no intention of building them itself, the company has confirmed. Niantic had announced last December that it would be working on a set of AR glasses using Qualcomm's chipset technology, and with which games like Pokemon GO and Ingress could better integrate into the real world.

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5G iPhone 12 delays hinted in Qualcomm earnings report

5G iPhone 12 delays hinted in Qualcomm earnings report

Despite the general decline of figures in the smartphone market, Apple has so far remained seemingly impervious to the effects of COVID-19. Products are not only launching on schedule but also selling well in contrast to its rivals. That streak, however, might not continue for long and rumors of delays for its iPhone 12 might actually have some truth to them, at least if Qualcomm's subtle hints about its earnings can indeed be attributed to Apple's first 5G smartphones.

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OnePlus 8T leak shows the way of the future

OnePlus 8T leak shows the way of the future

The next OnePlus smartphone was leaked in part by a benchmark test, weeks if not months before launch. The next OnePlus device was almost certainly going to be the OnePlus 8T, if history served as guide for expectations in the near future. It's not that surprise that we're looking for, here - it's the degree to which OnePlus will change they way they do business in the USA thanks to their launch of OnePlus Nord.

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Galaxy Note 20 Exynos 990 tipped to be an improved version

Galaxy Note 20 Exynos 990 tipped to be an improved version

Samsung has always put the best of the best components in its flagship Galaxy phones but one critical hardware is quickly becoming a liability rather than an asset. Its own branded Exynos silicon, in spite and despite all the marketing, has had trouble catching up with its Qualcomm equivalents in recent iterations. That disparity made headlines when the Galaxy S20 launched earlier this year and Samsung seems fated to make the same mistake with the Galaxy Note 20 with one minor difference. It will use a supposedly improved version of the Exynos 990 instead.

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OPPO Find X2 receive a graphics driver update via an app

OPPO Find X2 receive a graphics driver update via an app

Smartphones are being compared a lot with regular computers because of the great strides they have made in power while still keeping power consumption at a minimum. Of course, it's apples to oranges considering there are many things smartphones or even tablets can't do that even laptop users take for granted. Never mind how impossible it is to upgrade or add fast storage (microSD cards don't count), even software updates to key hardware components are more than just difficult. Google and its Android partners have been working to make that last bit a little easier and OPPO is just one of the extremely few, really two, to take advantage of that.

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Quick Charge 5 takes your phone battery from 0-100% in 15 minutes

Quick Charge 5 takes your phone battery from 0-100% in 15 minutes

Quick Charge 5 has arrived, and Qualcomm's latest high-speed charging system promises even less time hovering next to your adapter, not to mention more flexibility with devices. Now supporting upward of 100W, Quick Charge 5 could take compatible 4,500 mAh devices from zero to 50-percent of a charge in 5 minutes, the chip-maker suggests.

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