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Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 GFX benchmarked against Tegra, Apple

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 GFX benchmarked against Tegra, Apple

A lot is hinging on the Snapdragon 820 this year. After a dismal, almost embarrassing outcome for the Snapdragon 810 last year, the newest chip is the salvation that the mobile chip maker Qualcomm desperately needs. Interestingly, even rival Samsung is betting on it, because its 14 nm FinFET process was used in making the latest Snapdragon. That only means that the performance of this processor will be put under a microscope, which has already begun with this GFXBench sighting which pits the chip against the likes of NVIDIA's Tegra X1 and, of course, Apple's A9.

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Windows Continuum for phones adds mid-range Snapdragon 617

Windows Continuum for phones adds mid-range Snapdragon 617

One of the biggest things that Microsoft has been singing about in Windows 10 is the universal app platform, a utopia where apps written for one device factor will also be usable on others, give or take a few tweaks. Part of that promise is realized in Continuum for Phones, which saw the light of day in the high-end Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL. Now, however, Microsoft is lowering the requirements for Continuum for Phones just a wee bit, embracing mid-range devices running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617.

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What’s inside the Samsung Galaxy S7?

What’s inside the Samsung Galaxy S7?

The Samsung Galaxy S7 is arguably the most hotly-anticipated Android phone of 2016, but the heart of the chip could well be the bigger story. Samsung's flagship is expected to offer the company's own version of a 3D Touch-style pressure sensitive display along with choice of 5.2- and 5.7-inch panels, but it's the processor keeping the phone running that has been prompting speculation.

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 gets its first smartphone

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 gets its first smartphone

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 chipset has found its first home, inside the Le Max Pro smartphone by Chinese brand Letv. The new Android handset not only takes advantage of the 820's faster processor and graphics prowess, but picks up some of Qualcomm's other technology like WiFi 802.11ad.

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Qualcomm Flight teases smart drones from cellphone chips

Qualcomm Flight teases smart drones from cellphone chips

Qualcomm wasn't kidding around when it said it wanted to break its Snapdragon chips out of phones and into drones, and now we know what that looks like. The company is teasing its UAV news for CES 2016 next week with a demo of Snapdragon Flight powered drones, complete with advanced features like autopilot.

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Snapdragon 820 rumored to be exclusive to Samsung until April

Snapdragon 820 rumored to be exclusive to Samsung until April

The tech world in general, and the mobile industry in particular, is an odd one from an outsider and casual onlooker's perspective. Companies that sue each other left and right often supply each other with components. And sometimes rivals even become the best of buds. That might seem to be the case with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820. Not only is it rumored to power the upcoming Galaxy S7, it is now also rumored to be exclusive to Samsung, at least until April 2016, before other OEMs can get their hands on it.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 release date range and details: everything we know so far

Samsung Galaxy S7 release date range and details: everything we know so far

Over the past week and a half, quite a few Samsung Galaxy S7 details have been begun to fall into place. One of these details suggests that the Samsung Galaxy S7 won't be released alongside just one "Edge", but two. Another bit of anonymously-shared information suggests that the Samsung Galaxy Note 6 will be more lonesome this year - once again finding itself being released on its own while the Galaxy S7 has two release partners instead of just one.

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Galaxy S7 benchmarks may beat iPad Pro with Exynos

Galaxy S7 benchmarks may beat iPad Pro with Exynos

Could it be that next year's Samsung smartphones are already prepared to beat out Apple's highest-performing tablet, the iPad Pro? We're not about to suggest that processing power is in any way indicative of real-world usability. Nor are we going to place all our hopes in an Apples-to-Androids set of comparisons. But just for the sake of sorting out the possibilities - what if? What if the Samsung Galaxy S7 had the processing power to match or beat the iPad Pro?

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Galaxy S7 Snapdragon 820 tipped clocked at max, will need cooling

Galaxy S7 Snapdragon 820 tipped clocked at max, will need cooling

Although Samsung has practically found a winner in Exynos 7420 which powers its latest flagships like the Galaxy Note 5, there are rumors that, for the Galaxy S7 next year, Samsung might actually be back to using Qualcomm's Snapdragon chip for some models. In particular, the Galaxy S7 is now being paired with the newly launched Snapdragon 820. And if these leaked numbers of the SD820's top performance are to be believed, there might indeed be reason for Samsung to want it in its next premium smartphone.

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Five good reasons to be excited for Snapdragon 820

Five good reasons to be excited for Snapdragon 820

Qualcomm's finalized the Snapdragon 820 hardware, the software is ready, and now we just need to see devices. Turns out, though, that there's more than running your favorite apps and getting you online to the newest chipset in Qualcomm's line-up; in fact, there are plenty of value-adds that might just give devices an edge over the ubiquitous iPhone and other handsets.

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Qualcomm details Snapdragon 820: Phones, drones and VR

Qualcomm details Snapdragon 820: Phones, drones and VR

There's a lot riding on the Snapdragon 820; it's fair to say Qualcomm hasn't had the home-run success with the Snapdragon 810 that it might have hoped for. Questions about the chipset's heat output, not to mention some high-profile defections from flagship device makers like Samsung, cast a shadow over the 810's roll-out.

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Qualcomm: 11ad wireless docks due 2015 for Snapdragon 820

Qualcomm: 11ad wireless docks due 2015 for Snapdragon 820

Is it finally the time for wireless docks to come of age? Qualcomm believes so, with the first 802.11ad WiGig docks based on the company's technology potentially going on sale before the year is out. The chipmaker showed off its newest WiGig tech alongside the Snapdragon 820 in New York City today, baking a tri-wireless chipset into a compact desktop router that could turn a smartphone into a desktop replacement.

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