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Snapdragon 855 hands-on: 5G is the least important part

Snapdragon 855 hands-on: 5G is the least important part

It's easy to get caught up in the 5G hype. Blistering speeds and dramatically lower latency have networks falling over themselves to boast of bigger and more impressive roll-outs, and Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform is at the forefront of that 5G wave. The thing is, while 5G is clearly better than 4G - not least because it has an extra "G" in the name - in reality the Snapdragon 855 is actually much more important in several other ways.

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5 reasons to be excited about Snapdragon 855 in 2019

5 reasons to be excited about Snapdragon 855 in 2019

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 is about to be everywhere in the Android smartphone space come 2019, but we can break down the five reasons why you should be excited about that. It's faster than its predecessor, more power-efficient, and unlocks new camera features - read on for the five things you need to know.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 855: Everything you need to know

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855: Everything you need to know

The Snapdragon 855 is here, and Qualcomm would really rather you call it a "Mobile Platform" than a processor. Promising to open the door to a new decade of 5G, Artificial Intelligence, and Mixed Reality technologies like AR and VR, the flagship chipset cranks up the power while paving the way for form-factors beyond just the smartphone.

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OnePlus first to get Snapdragon 855 as 2019 5G plans revealed

OnePlus first to get Snapdragon 855 as 2019 5G plans revealed

OnePlus will be the first company to offer Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 855 chipset, the company has confirmed today, with a new flagship coming next year. The news was announced by OnePlus' Pete Lau at the Snapdragon Summit 2018, Qualcomm's annual event where it previews its upcoming flagship mobile chipset and the technologies that go into it.

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Samsung just ‘confirmed’ these Galaxy S10 details

Samsung just ‘confirmed’ these Galaxy S10 details

In a pair of announcements from Verizon and AT&T as well as news from Qualcomm, the 2018 5G Galaxy smartphone was revealed. The plans for this extremely important piece of hardware have big implications not just for Samsung, but for Verizon, AT&T, and Qualcomm too. In the course of a day, in several announcements, AT&T revealed their first 5G phone, Verizon their second, and Qualcomm their 5G connectivity tech.

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Xperia XZ4 could be the first Snapdragon 855 phone

Xperia XZ4 could be the first Snapdragon 855 phone

Sony isn’t exactly known to be fast in adopting the latest in smartphone trends. It has clung to its cold, boxy design for years and, to date, only has one dual camera phone. That might be changing next year with the arrival of the Xperia XZ4, which might be Sony’s most daring ever. Depending on when it does announce it, it could also be one of if not the first smartphones running on the fresh new Snapdragon 855 mobile platform.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 revealed as 5G flagship

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 revealed as 5G flagship

Qualcomm has revealed its first 5G solution for next-gen smartphones and more, the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform. The new flagship at the top of the chip-maker's processor range, it's not just a chip, Qualcomm insists, but a full architecture for making the most of 5G.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 8150 leak hints at its source of power

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8150 leak hints at its source of power

It’s been a while since Qualcomm has had some positive PR. It has definitely landed in headlines though not always in a flattering light, ranging from antitrust lawsuits to lagging behind its rivals. The Snapdragon 8150 seems to be picking up quite some traction, especially with some leaked benchmark scores. A new leak may now hold the secret to that surprising performance jump and it might be thanks to just a single change.

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Qualcomm’s next chip might finally beat Apple

Qualcomm’s next chip might finally beat Apple

This week the latest in Qualcomm Snapdragon processor tech appeared in a benchmark that shows mobile processing performance. This benchmark is not the end-all be-all of tests of this sort of thing, but it's a pretty OK test of general performance. What we're seeing here is the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon chip out-performing Apple's latest processor by a significant margin.

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Fairphone 2 the only Snapdragon 801 phone to get Android Nougat

Fairphone 2 the only Snapdragon 801 phone to get Android Nougat

Remember the Fairphone? It was one of the less eccentric attempts at a modular smartphone that focuses more on replacing integral components rather than some inessential addons. Unfortunately, the last Fairphone sold was the Fairphone 2 back in 2015 and we barely heard anything from in since its first modular camera launch last year. Now the company is making headlines once more by pushing an Android 7.0 Nougat update to the smartphone, making it the first and so far only phone running on a Snapdragon 801 to get the not so latest Android update.

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Galaxy S10 Exynos, Snapdragon variants won’t be created equal

Galaxy S10 Exynos, Snapdragon variants won’t be created equal

For whatever business and legal reasons, Samsung has long made two variants of its flagship devices. One was powered by its own Exynos processor while other markets got Qualcomm’s equivalent Snapdragon chip. Other than that, those two variants are functionally equal, with Samsung sometimes even disabling features for the two versions to be on equal footing. Next year’s Galaxy S10, however, might be a bit different because the difference between the two variants could go beyond just the processor and include even the logic board could be substantially different.

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Snapdragon 675 to bring triple cameras, gaming to 2019 mid-range

Snapdragon 675 to bring triple cameras, gaming to 2019 mid-range

There are a lot of new trends in the smartphone market these days but most if not all of them are, unsurprisingly, happening on the high-end. Samsung, however, has pledged to focus its innovative (alternatively, crazy) new features in its mid-range line, as seen on the new Galaxy A7 and A9 with triple and quadruple cameras, respectively. Now it seems that Qualcomm is laying the groundwork for other OEMs to follow suit with a new mid-range Snapdragon 675 that promises to deliver the processing power necessary to implement those features.

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