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Snapdragon 690 aims to make 5G phones cheaper: Here’s who’s onboard

Snapdragon 690 aims to make 5G phones cheaper: Here’s who’s onboard

Qualcomm's relentless plan to put 5G in as many smartphones as possible continues today, with the Snapdragon 690 5G making its debut and promising more affordable options with support for high-speed wireless. The first of the 6-series to offer 5G, the new Snapdragon is expected to show up in phones from LG, Motorola, TCL, and Nokia, among others.

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HTC Vive to support XR Viewers powered by Snapdragon phones

HTC Vive to support XR Viewers powered by Snapdragon phones

It seems that the VR and AR pendulum is swinging back to the smartphone side of things. Headsets started out as hulking boxes strapped to your head and wired to a computer but, thanks to Google, some got the idea of shoving a smartphone into that box instead and calling it a day. Realizing the limitations of phones, headset makers like HTC moved away towards standalone devices but may now be moving back to smartphone-powered gear, this time for XR glasses.

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LG Velvet with two-year-old CPU reportedly headed for some markets

LG Velvet with two-year-old CPU reportedly headed for some markets

Were you struck by the beauty of the LG Velvet's new design but was put off by either its price or its Snapdragon 700 series chipset. It seems that LG already predicted this kind of reaction and already had a different kind of LG Velvet prepared. In a case of "be careful what you wish for", however, this variant will naturally be cutting corners but the Snapdragon 845 inside might not be as bad as it initially sounds.

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OnePlus Z release leaked as 8 Pro camera beats S20, iPhone 11

OnePlus Z release leaked as 8 Pro camera beats S20, iPhone 11

A tip this week on the latest low-cost OnePlus device tips the release date no later than mid-July, 2020. The OnePlus Z, as it's called, was reported to be shown for the first time to the public on July 10, 2020. The only unfortunate bit about this leak of an exact date for reveal is the location - it'll likely be limited to India at first launch. The release date for the rest of the world is still up in the air.

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Qualcomm promises 5G smartphone-powered XR Viewers really soon

Qualcomm promises 5G smartphone-powered XR Viewers really soon

When consumers hear of 5G and its blazing fast speeds, most will probably think about Netflix and downloads. 5G's full potential, however, isn't limited to just that, of course, and it can enable a whole host of new experiences, including everyone's favorite AR/VR/XR. It's no surprise then that Qualcomm is pushing smartphones powered by its 5G technologies to drive the next wave of lightweight XR headsets that it says will finally arrive sometime within the next year.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 768G aims to game-boost midrange 5G phones

Qualcomm Snapdragon 768G aims to game-boost midrange 5G phones

Qualcomm has launched a new midrange gaming-focused smartphone chipset, with the Snapdragon 768G promising 5G along with a speed boost and features cherry-picked from the flagship Snapdragon 865. It's the latest in the Snapdragon series to bear the "G" suffix, which Qualcomm has used to denote its gamer-friendly chips for players on a tighter budget.

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MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ integrates the 5G chip inside

MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ integrates the 5G chip inside

After being left in the sidelines for a while now, MediaTek has burst back into the mobile scene to take on Qualcomm at its own game. It launched its Dimensity line of systems-on-chip (SoCs) with a focus on 5G and affordability. Now it is attempting to take another stab at diminishing Qualcomm's market share with the Dimensity 1000+ which packs the 5G chip directly inside the same package. In other words, it is MediaTek's version of the Snapdragon 865.

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Qualcomm Quick Charge 3+ aims for the USB-A masses

Qualcomm Quick Charge 3+ aims for the USB-A masses

Superfast charging is one of the hot things among smartphone makers these days but, for the longest time ever, the only one offering such a technology was Qualcomm. These days, the chip maker's Quick Charge has largely been overtaken by the likes of OPPO's SuperVOOC or even OnePlus' Warp Charge but those are often only reserved for more expensive, higher-end phones. Qualcomm is now reassuring customers and users of its "mid-range" platforms that they, too, will now reap some fast charging benefits thanks to Quick Charge 3+.

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Galaxy S20 with Exynos 990 benchmarks fall behind Snapdragon 865 variant

Galaxy S20 with Exynos 990 benchmarks fall behind Snapdragon 865 variant

For years, Samsung Mobile has been dancing between two mobile processors, the Snapdragon chips from Qualcomm as well as the Exynos from its own sibling, Samsung Electronics LSI. In the past, the difference between the two chips in the same phone models hasn't been that noticeably but that gap seems to be getting wider and wide. Matters have seemed to come to a head this year with the Galaxy S20 and its Snapdragon 865 and Exynos 990 variants. According to benchmarks and user testing, the two couldn't be further apart in terms of performance.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 5G PCs will be supported by 17 carriers around the world

Qualcomm Snapdragon 5G PCs will be supported by 17 carriers around the world

5G is big in mobile but that's not the only place it'll be in, naturally. Desktop and laptop computers are also fair game but only if they have the hardware to slurp from that high-speed network. Most will use external peripherals but Qualcomm is, of course, pushing a new breed of Always On, Always Connected PCs that this year will gain the ability to tap into 5G networks. And to reassure future buyers that they will be getting their money's worth, the chipmaker is listing which network operators will be supporting Snapdragon-powered 5G PCs when they launch this year.

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This XR2 headset design is key to Qualcomm’s vision of 5G mixed reality

This XR2 headset design is key to Qualcomm’s vision of 5G mixed reality

Qualcomm has revealed its newest 5G mixed reality headset reference design based on the Snapdragon XR2, a wirelessly-connected VR and AR shortcut for manufacturers to bring new models to market. While it may look a whole lot like the XR1 reference design, this new version adds in 5G connectivity and higher-resolution displays, among other improvements.

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Redmi K30 Pro 5G sports Snapdragon 865, looks like K20 Pro

Redmi K30 Pro 5G sports Snapdragon 865, looks like K20 Pro

The next Redmi smartphone (from the Xiaomi spin-off Redmi) is officially called the Redmi K30 Pro. This device was teased a couple of times by the official Redmi account on Weibo, a major microblogging service where many China-centric brands provide insight to fans and potential users alike. There, Redmi’s Lu Weibing showed a bit of the next big 5G smartphone this week.

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