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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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Razer Power Bank equips Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0

Razer Power Bank equips Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0

Razer has revealed a Power Bank charging device to take control of their own laptop charging destiny. To make this happen, the Razer Power Bank rolls with several USB ports to charge not only a laptop, but smartphones and tablets as well. Inside this power bank is a massive 12,800 mAh capacity battery, made for long rides on airplanes and in the back seats of cars.

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Qualcomm VR HMD gets Snapdragon 835, Leap Motion hand-tracking

Qualcomm VR HMD gets Snapdragon 835, Leap Motion hand-tracking

GDC and MWC are just around the corner, and Qualcomm is diving head-first into virtual reality with a new dev-kit and hand-tracking technology. The chipmaker may be best known for its smartphone processors, but that same silicon is just as much at home in head-mounted displays. Indeed, the Snapdragon 835 is the centerpiece of Qualcomm's new Virtual Reality Development Kit.

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Qualcomm and LG Car-2-X trials begin 2018 on road to 5G

Qualcomm and LG Car-2-X trials begin 2018 on road to 5G

LG and Qualcomm are teaming up on 5G and connected cars, with joint trials of Cellular-V2X set to kick off in 2018. One of a number of so-called "C2X" - or "Car-to-X" - offshoots, which includes car-to-car, car-to-pedestrian, and car-to-infrastructure, Cellular-V2X explores using cellular modems to bring vehicles into an inter-communicating mesh. Most importantly for Qualcomm, it's one of the key use-cases for 5G.

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Qualcomm X20 promises faster-than-fiber Gigabit LTE

Qualcomm X20 promises faster-than-fiber Gigabit LTE

If you could get better-than-fiber speeds from your LTE smartphone, would you bother with a fixed home internet connection? That's the question Qualcomm expects web-addicts to face with the launch of the Snapdragon X20 LTE modem, its second-generation Gigabit LTE chip which promises Cat 18 downloads. That means, on the right network, up to 1.2 Gbps downloads.

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Qualcomm’s big IoT plan includes Android Things OS and tiny radios

Qualcomm’s big IoT plan includes Android Things OS and tiny radios

Qualcomm is pushing hard into the Internet of Things, embracing Google's Android Things OS as well as unveiling a pair of tiny, radio-packed chipsets for connected gadgets. Announced ahead of Mobile World Congress 2017 next week, the new tech is all about making smart home kit and other connected devices more power-efficient, smaller, and smarter. For device-makers, it'll mean speedier time-to-market, too.

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Qualcomm’s 802.11ax chips use smarter WiFi for battery life boost

Qualcomm’s 802.11ax chips use smarter WiFi for battery life boost

Modern WiFi is fast, but Qualcomm's latest range of chips is all about getting best performance in the increasingly crowded wireless spectrum. The new Qualcomm 802.11ax chips - one for network infrastructure like routers and cars, and another for client devices like laptops and smartphones - promise up to four times the capacity for WiFi traffic. That more efficient use of the spectrum has big potential pay-offs, with the possibility of up to 4x the throughput and longer battery life from your device overall.

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LG G6 went with Snapdragon 821 to avoid May launch

LG G6 went with Snapdragon 821 to avoid May launch

The LG G6 is expected to debut in just two weeks, but, when it does, it will be missing a key premium feature most would have wanted. It will be running on a semi-recent Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 instead of the newest 835. While earlier theories presented an image of Samsung getting preferential treatment for its close ties with Qualcomm. While there is, indeed, a tinge of that, the situation might be a bit more complex and has a lot to do with production schedules and volumes.

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