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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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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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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’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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First details on LG V30 surface, including Snapdragon 835

First details on LG V30 surface, including Snapdragon 835

While LG's sole focus at the moment is likely the upcoming LG G6 — which is just days away from its debut — the company is still quietly working on its other flagship smartphone due sometime later this year. That would be the follow-up to last fall's highly-praised LG V20, tentatively known as the LG V30. Thanks to early leaks coming out of China's Weibo site, we're getting some ideas of what to expect when it comes to the Android device's specs.

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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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LG G6 details spilled in images, plus our rumored list of specs

LG G6 details spilled in images, plus our rumored list of specs

This week the LG G6 appears to have been leaked in an image which shows some extreme close-ups with the smartphone. This is the sort of close-up that generally comes with a press release for magazines - that means massive. And lucky us, there's a fellow out there who is so invested in creating 3D renders of devices, that he's made it even more massive so we can see what it might look like at release.

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LG G6 debuting late February, without Snapdragon 835

LG G6 debuting late February, without Snapdragon 835

Samsung and Qualcomm now have something in common. Both have had literally hot flagship, the Snapdragon 810 for Qualcomm and the Galaxy Note 7 for Samsung. Unsurprisingly, the two have forged a partnership that, also unsurprisingly, will be to the exclusion of other players in the field. Case in point is the LG G6, which will be supposedly be unveiled in a month's time. It might be coming early, but that will come at a cost. It won't run on the latest Snapdragon 835, because, word on the street is, Samsung has exclusive rights to the chip until April.

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The Nokia 8 didn’t get leaked by Qualcomm at CES

The Nokia 8 didn’t get leaked by Qualcomm at CES

A report on a supposed "Nokia 8 Supreme" made the rounds this week appearing to be on display by Qualcomm at CES 2017. In reality, the device was not a Nokia device - not branded Nokia, nor manufactured by Nokia. Instead, the Qualcomm Supreme reference phone appeared on the show floor at CES specifically to show off features of the new Snapdragon 835. We've seen similar devices displayed by Qualcomm every single year for the past 5+ years - and this one isn't made by Nokia.

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Google Pixel 2 : How Pixel XL’s success could shape the next release

Google Pixel 2 : How Pixel XL’s success could shape the next release

The release of the Google Pixel 2 (and Pixel XL 2) will refine an already-shining example of how good, and simply good, an Android device can be. Google seems to have reached a point at which they're ready to handle consumers directly, instead of relying on big brands to do all the heavy lifting. As the HTC-manufactured, Google-designed Pixel and Pixel XL had sparkling reviews upon release in 2016, the next generation won't likely change in any drastic way.

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ODG AR smart glasses hands-on: Snapdragon 835 gets real

ODG AR smart glasses hands-on: Snapdragon 835 gets real

The first Snapdragon 835 device isn't a phone, and it isn't a tablet: it's a set of augmented reality glasses. Two sets of glasses, to be precise, the handiwork of ODG - or Osterhout Design Group - flush with a recent $58m cash injection from 21st Century Fox who have been pushing augmented reality and smart glasses for a decade now. While you might associate Snapdragon with phones, there are plenty of good reasons you might want the new 835 in a computer for your face.

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