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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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Galaxy Note 20 processor choice in Korea might cause another scandal

Galaxy Note 20 processor choice in Korea might cause another scandal

For years, Samsung has been using a two-processor strategy for its high-end flagships, launching with a Qualcomm Snapdragon in the US and China while other markets get Samsung's own Exynos chip. It changed its tune earlier this year and even went with the Snapdragon 865 for Galaxy S20 phones sold in its own hometown. That caused quite a ruckus even within Samsung's own ranks and it seems that history will repeat itself next month when the Galaxy Note 20 launches with the Snapdragon 865+ in Korea, too.

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Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy S20 Fan Edition processors make for tough choices

Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy S20  Fan Edition processors make for tough choices

The days are closing in before Samsung's second big 2020 event but it seems that the outlook may not be so positive for the company's next mobile devices. The Galaxy Z Fold 2, if that is really its name, is reportedly delayed by a month and the Galaxy Note 20 is shaping up to be a rather mixed bag. Ignoring the 5G revision of the Galaxy Z Flip, which practically leaves the Galaxy S20 Lite as the most positive thing Samsung has to show next month.

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Snapdragon 865 Plus gives flagship Qualcomm 5G chipset a 10% boost

Snapdragon 865 Plus gives flagship Qualcomm 5G chipset a 10% boost

Qualcomm has added a new flagship chipset to its smartphone processor line-up, with the Snapdragon 865 Plus 5G Mobile Platform promising even more performance than its Snapdragon 865 sibling. As the name - which Qualcomm is also stylizing as "Snapdragon 865+" - suggests, this isn't so much a full revamp of the existing SoC but a way for Qualcomm to massage more power out of it as it looks to new phones for the second half of the year.

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Snapdragon Wear 4100 promises more smartwatch speed and stamina

Snapdragon Wear 4100 promises more smartwatch speed and stamina

It’s been some time since we’ve seen Qualcomm upgrade its wearable silicon, but today, the company announced that it’s doing just that. Qualcomm has revealed the Snapdragon Wear 4100 series, which comprises the standard 4100 and the 4100+. Like the 3100 series that came before it, the Snapdragon Wear 4100+ is built using Qualcomm’s “hybrid approach” that pairs a main SoC with an always-on co-processor.

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Snapdragon 875 leaks boast 100W charging and a high price tag

Snapdragon 875 leaks boast 100W charging and a high price tag

The seemingly unstoppable rise of high-end smartphones seemed to have ground to a halt or at least taken a breather as the entire world finds itself in a very different situation from just six months ago. While expensive smartphones continue to be announced, sales numbers indicate a slight shift in favor of less expensive options, even if they are of the mid-range kind. Perhaps unperturbed by global market trends, Qualcomm is reportedly pushing through its planned new features as well as a new price that consumers will end up shouldering in the long run.

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Snapdragon 8cx Plus could give Windows 10 on ARM a slight boost

Snapdragon 8cx Plus could give Windows 10 on ARM a slight boost

Apple, as always, made headlines this week with its confirmation that it is indeed moving towards its own ARM-based processors. Of course, it isn't the first major operating system vendor to make such a move, though its one-way journey is more permanent than Microsoft's foray into ARM-based devices. The latter hasn't exactly been a roaring success for a variety of reasons but Qualcomm may soon be giving Microsoft one less reason to blame it on processor performance.

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Qualcomm Robotics RB5 5G AI robots on pre-order now

Qualcomm Robotics RB5 5G AI robots on pre-order now

Today Qualcomm revealed the "world's first 5G and AI-enabled robotics platform" in the Qualcomm Robotics RB5 platform. Qualcomm is basically the biggest brand in the tech industry when it comes to processing chips for smartphones, especially when it comes to Android devices. The Qualcomm Robotics RB5 platform utilizes a variety of brand collaborations between Qualcomm and some of the biggest "ecosystem players" in robotics.

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Nokia global 5G phone with Snapdragon 690 teased by HMD Global

Nokia global 5G phone with Snapdragon 690 teased by HMD Global

Qualcomm made a rather surprising revelation when it announced the Snapdragon 690, opening the doors even for mid-range phones to promise support for 5G networks, whether or not it makes sense for some markets. Of course, this smartphone tier is populated by innumerable brands and models that start to look and sound like each other. There are, of course, a few names that stand out in the market, like Motorola's G series and HMD Global's Nokia phones, the latter of which is already gearing up to call dibs on Qualcomm's new mobile platform.

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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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