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Coolest gadgets to watch out for in early 2021

Coolest gadgets to watch out for in early 2021

2020 saw some eye-popping technologies and gadgets loaded with the next-gen features. Like all times, there is something new on the horizon as we bid goodbye to this eventful year - 2021 brings a refreshing hope for the tech community. So what gadgets should you be eyeing in the early part of next year to stay abreast with the dynamic times? Here are the five best choices.

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Snapdragon 888 benchmarks are out – Here’s the problem with them

Snapdragon 888 benchmarks are out – Here’s the problem with them

The Snapdragon 888 is Qualcomm's flagship chipset for Android smartphones in 2021, and the stakes have arguably never been higher. On the one hand, Apple is flexing its chip-design chops, and while Qualcomm modems may be in its current hardware, that's not going to be the case forever. Meanwhile, Qualcomm's Android SoC rivals aren't standing still.

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New Android phones could get 4 years of OS updates

New Android phones could get 4 years of OS updates

Android phones could commit to four years of software updates, if Qualcomm and Google have their way, aiming to address one of the lingering frustrations owners have - and one of the persistent criticisms from Apple. The two companies plan to "enhance and extend" Project Treble to make it easier for smartphone-makers to push out new Android OS updates for older phones.

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Snapdragon 678 promises affordable Android phones a camera upgrade

Snapdragon 678 promises affordable Android phones a camera upgrade

Qualcomm may only have just revealed its 2021 flagship chipset for Android phones, but the Snapdragon 888 is getting a low to midrange counterpart in the shape of the Snapdragon 678. Slotting into the company's line-up of relatively affordable chipsets for equally affordable smartphones, the new SoC borrows some of the AI-powered camera features from its more expensive sibling.

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Snapdragon 888 – Meet Qualcomm’s 2021 Android 5G super-chip

Snapdragon 888 – Meet Qualcomm’s 2021 Android 5G super-chip

We knew it's name, we knew the highlights, and now it's time for the big news on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, the chipset flagship Android phones will be using in 2021. Latest in the SoC-maker's 5G portfolio, the Snapdragon 888 not only integrates a 5G modem but cranks up CPU and GPU performance for up to 144 fps and 4K gaming.

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Moto G10 could finally be the Motorola flagship we’ve been waiting for

Moto G10 could finally be the Motorola flagship we’ve been waiting for

If the rumors are correct, Motorola's next flagship smartphone might not be able to compete with other early 2021 contenders. That won't mean, however, that it won't be able to top what Motorola has offered so far. If the company's own hints at Qualcomm's recent Snapdragon Summit is to be taken at face value, it could even be Motorola's biggest attempt at a flagship experience yet. Even more surprising, however, is its all but certain confirmation that this phone will actually be part of its Moto G series.

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Snapdragon 888 revealed – Qualcomm’s 5G flagship for Android in 2021

Snapdragon 888 revealed – Qualcomm’s 5G flagship for Android in 2021

Qualcomm has announced its latest flagship chipset, with the Snapdragon 888 set to power the next generation of high-end Android devices in 2021. As you'd expect, there's a big focus on 5G, with the Snapdragon 888 featuring the company's latest 3rd generation Snapdragon X60 modem.

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MediaTek MT6893 might be on par with Qualcomm Snapdragon 865

MediaTek MT6893 might be on par with Qualcomm Snapdragon 865

MediaTek still has a large share of the mass-market smartphone segment, primarily because of its more accessible price tag for its processors on that tier. It has recently set its guns higher, aiming for mid-tier and high-end devices with its 5G-enabled line of Dimensity chips, but it hasn't exactly reached performance figures that can be considered comparable to the top contender in that space. That could slowly be changing if these leaked benchmarks for an upcoming MediaTek flagship is accurate, showing it might finally be catching up to Qualcomm.

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Galaxy S21 Snapdragon model might still leave Exynos in its dust

Galaxy S21 Snapdragon model might still leave Exynos in its dust

Just when you thought Samsung's Exynos chips have finally caught a break, new data allegedly puts its back in its place. As far as the Galaxy S21 is concerned, that is. There is still little concrete evidence as to which processors Samsung's early 2021 flagship will be running on but, if it keeps the status quo, there might again be some disgruntled consumers who will have to settle for a model that underperforms a different variant, simply because of where they live.

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LG smartphones reportedly staying away from Snapdragon 875

LG smartphones reportedly staying away from Snapdragon 875

LG launched three high-profile phones this year but, if you look closely and get past the marketing language, only one of them can really be considered the company's 2020 premium flagship. While the LG V60 ThinQ 5G carried a Snapdragon 865, both the LG Velvet (except for one variant) and the newer and stranger LG Wing did not. The two suck with the latest 5G-capable Snapdragon 7-series chipset and now it seems that this will also be LG's strategy for early 2021.

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Snapdragon 875 is coming: What to expect from the flagship chipset

Snapdragon 875 is coming: What to expect from the flagship chipset

Smartphones these days are powerhouses, able to perform any process and graphics-intensive task you throw at them. This is made possible with the new age processors which are venturing into new horizons with each passing year. Qualcomm is slated to release its next Snapdragon processor by the end of this year, and it is going to come with significant improvements thanks to its new 5nm process, making it smaller than the 7nm predecessor. Here is all that you need to know about Snapdragon 875 and what it brings for the next-gen smartphones.

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Qualcomm, ASUS reportedly making a new brand of gaming phone

Qualcomm, ASUS reportedly making a new brand of gaming phone

While Razer may have been the one to start it but other manufacturers have arguably taken the gaming smartphone market where it left off. Among these, ASUS' ROG Phones maybe some of the top choices, both in features and especially in price. There's no indication of it slowing down anytime soon and, in fact, might be on the verge of releasing yet another line of gaming smartphones, but this time bearing the name of the maker of the processors that power it all.

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