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Qualcomm and ASUS making a smartphone together for “Snapdragon Insiders”

Qualcomm and ASUS making a smartphone together for “Snapdragon Insiders”

Smart device processor manufacturer Qualcomm and hardware brand ASUS revealed a new smartphone this week called EXP21. The device appears to be a relatively top-tier machine with all the best bits of the processor Qualcomm will put inside it. The proposition is that they're making a "Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders - Designed by ASUS." Qualcomm has a sign up page ready to roll for a device that is "coming soon", and they've made it clear that "Snapdragon Insiders will be the first to be notified."

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OnePlus performance throttling is barking at the wrong tree

OnePlus performance throttling is barking at the wrong tree

OnePlus seems to have an obsession with battery life and power efficiency. For the longest time, it held off implementing a rather common Always-on Display feature for those reasons and only moved the needle forward when its community voted for it. Even so, OnePlus has always cautioned users about the consequences of such features and gave them the freedom to do what they want at their own expense. With the latest drama surrounding the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro, however, the company is making the exact same arguments, but this time isn't giving users the option to opt out of its throttling mechanism.

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Galaxy S21 FE might ditch Snapdragon for Exynos chips

Galaxy S21 FE might ditch Snapdragon for Exynos chips

Samsung has a big event scheduled in a month or so, but not everyone might be that interested in its new foldable phones. Some might have been more excited over the Galaxy S21 FE, but the signs are pointing to disappointing changes ahead that go beyond just delays. The "Fan Edition" of Samsung's flagship line might not make it until October at the earliest, and it might not even come with one important feature that those prospective buyers might be expecting.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G mobile platform debuts

Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G mobile platform debuts

Qualcomm has announced the new Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G Mobile Platform, which is a follow-up to its flagship Snapdragon 888. Qualcomm says its new 888 Plus 5G flagship provides high-end intelligent entertainment along with AI-enhanced gameplay, streaming, photography, and more. The platform has all Snapdragon Elite Gaming features.

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Wear OS 3.0 upgrade hopes dashed yet again by uncertainty

Wear OS 3.0 upgrade hopes dashed yet again by uncertainty

Google has taken users of its smartwatch platform on an adventure these past few weeks. It dangled the promise of what could be the biggest update to Wear OS yet but then opted to remain mum on any update plans until later this year. Smartwatch makers didn't help matters by being just as ambiguous about updating existing smartwatches to what is now unofficially dubbed Wear OS 3.0. Qualcomm has tried to remove doubts about the capability of its Snapdragon Wear chipsets to run this upgraded experience. Still, Google itself may have doused some cold water on that again by implying it might not be the case.

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Wear OS 3.0 can run on Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100

Wear OS 3.0 can run on Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100

Excitement over the next major iteration of Wear OS was tempered by the most important question of all, "will it run on my smartwatch?" Unfortunately, Google's official statement is to wait for its official statement, and manufacturers other than Fossil have been ambiguous about their commitment to current Wear OS smartwatches in the market. That has, in turn, raised questions about the upcoming Wear OS's hardware requirements, which Qualcomm is now settling by saying that even its nearly three-year-old Snapdragon Wear 3100 platform is capable of running Wear OS 3.0.

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Mobvoi TicWatch E3 hands-on reveals next Snapdragon Wear 4100 smartwatch

Mobvoi TicWatch E3 hands-on reveals next Snapdragon Wear 4100 smartwatch

Wear OS smartwatches are a dime a dozen but, unfortunately, most of them are running on rather old hardware. Majority of those, including ones launched just last year, are still using Qualcomm's Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset that debuted way back in 2018. The chipmaker does have one updated wearable platform but so far only Mobvoi has been using it in the TicWatch Pro 3. Now it seems that it will have a companion and Mobvoi is once again taking the lead with the TicWatch E3.

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Samsung Galaxy Book Go released with Qualcomm processor, Dolby Atmos, 14-inch screen

Samsung Galaxy Book Go released with Qualcomm processor, Dolby Atmos, 14-inch screen

There's a new notebook on the market from Samsung called the Samsung Galaxy Book Go. This device has a 14-inch TFT FHD display (1920 x 1080 pixels), Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 compute platform (CPU), and Qualcomm Adreno GPU. The most enticing bit about this piece of hardware is the prospect of using it as an entertainment machine, given its relatively low price ($349) and Dolby Atmos speakers.

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OnePlus Dimensity 1200 phone reportedly in the prototyping stage

OnePlus Dimensity 1200 phone reportedly in the prototyping stage

OnePlus has been trying to diversify its products recently and not just by launching new devices like its first-ever smartwatch. Last year, it also introduced a new Nord series that seems poised to flood the budget and mid-range smartphone markets in the US and elsewhere. All throughout, however, OnePlus has solidly been a Qualcomm smartphone house as far as the processors that it uses go. It might be planning to diversify that as well as leaks about a OnePlus phone powered by MediaTek's Dimensity 5G chipset continue to arrive.

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Galaxy Book Go with Snapdragon processors finally announced

Galaxy Book Go with Snapdragon processors finally announced

When Samsung revealed its "most powerful Galaxy" last month, it was expected that an unusual Galaxy would also show up. The Galaxy Book Go isn't exactly powerful as far as the rumors went so maybe it was an ill-fit for the event after all. That said, it does have its appeal, or at least Samsung is trying to make it sound appealing, with its focus on mobility and battery life. Of course, that's thanks to Qualcomm's Snapdragon 7c and 8cx compute platforms which basically means the Galaxy Book Go series is the latest addition to the rather small group of Windows 10 on ARM laptops.

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OPPO Watch 2 with Snapdragon Wear 4100 rumored to be coming soon

OPPO Watch 2 with Snapdragon Wear 4100 rumored to be coming soon

Wear OS by Google got a fair bit of positive media coverage a few weeks ago thanks to Google's announcements at its I/O 2021 developer's conference. But while the software is getting a massive upgrade, at least later this year or maybe even next year, it remains the case that all but one Wear OS smartwatch are running older Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear processors. Smartwatches to be launched later this year might finally change that and the OPPO Watch 2 could be leading the fray.

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OnePlus Nord CE 5G specs leak with Snapdragon downgrade

OnePlus Nord CE 5G specs leak with Snapdragon downgrade

A few days ago, OnePlus finally confirmed what its next Nord-branded phones will be called. While the OnePlus Nord N200 5G will be the entry-level phone that those in the US and Canada will be able to buy, the OnePlus Nord CE 5G is the one that will be heading to some global markets in less than two weeks. That does give time for leaks about the latter's specs and, based on this first serving, it might be a mixed bag of downgrades and upgrades.

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