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Qualcomm unveils the true-wireless earbud chips to battle AirPods Pro

Qualcomm unveils the true-wireless earbud chips to battle AirPods Pro

Qualcomm has revealed its next-generation audio SoCs for truly wireless earbuds, and if you've been considering a set of AirPods Pro or similar, you may want to wait until later in the year. The Qualcomm QCC514x and QCC304x Bluetooth chipsets for earbuds promise features like integrated active noise cancelation, lower power requirements, and support for voice assistants like Alexa and the Google Assistant.

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Qualcomm’s three new phone chips skip 5G for a good reason

Qualcomm’s three new phone chips skip 5G for a good reason

There may be a lot of hype trailing the roll out of 5G here in the US, but we're going to be waiting a long time before it becomes the new global standard for mobile internet. With that in mind, today Qualcomm introduced three new mobile processors centered around 4G: the Snapdragon 720G, 662, and 460. While we expect to see these new mobile processors to feature in phones all over the world, it seems that a major area of focus will be India, where Qualcomm says it'll be supporting 4G well into the future.

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Qualcomm’s big Snapdragon 2020: The 5G, the chips, the wildcard

Qualcomm’s big Snapdragon 2020: The 5G, the chips, the wildcard

It's been a big week for mobility, and if you've been wondering what will be powering your Galaxy S11, Pixel 5, or any number of other Android flagships in 2020, Qualcomm's Snapdragon Summit 2019 probably held the answer. The week-long event kicked off with new chipsets for smartphones before hitting AR/VR and finally computing, with 5G and AI ever-present themes along the way. Read on for the big news you need to know.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 865: The juicy details on 2020’s 5G flagship

Qualcomm Snapdragon 865: The juicy details on 2020’s 5G flagship

Say hello to the Qualcomm chipset likely to be powering your flagship Android phone in 2020, with the Snapdragon 865 arriving to put a big dollop of 5G into your pocket. Successor to the Snapdragon 855 - found in devices like the Pixel 4, Galaxy Note 10, and OnePlus 7 - this new chipset includes 5G as standard along with more performance.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 765: What you need to know

Qualcomm Snapdragon 765: What you need to know

While the Snapdragon 865 may have broken cover today, the new Snapdragon 765 sets out to prove that Qualcomm hasn't forgotten the midrange when it comes to 5G and gaming. Targeting more affordable devices that still don't want to be without next-generation network support and advanced gaming features, the Snapdragon 765 further narrows the gap between the mid-tier and flagships.

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Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 865 and 765 to push ubiquitous 5G in 2020

Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 865 and 765 to push ubiquitous 5G in 2020

Arguably the biggest week in Qualcomm's calendar has arrived, with the Snapdragon Tech Summit 2019 promising new chipsets, speedier smartphones, and great lashings of 5G. The chip-maker has two new Snapdragon SoCs to announce, focusing not only on the high-end but mid-range devices too, and that makes the Snapdragon 865 and Snapdragon 765 unexpectedly interesting.

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Huawei Kirin 990 5G gives Qualcomm a problem

Huawei Kirin 990 5G gives Qualcomm a problem

Qualcomm's IFA 2019 visit was all about the future of 5G, but it wasn't the only company with 5G announcements to make. Huawei also announced some new hardware of its own, today revealing the Kirin 990 family of SoCs. While the standard Kirin 990 will be a 4G LTE chipset, Huawei will also ship a version with integrated 5G.

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Huawei Kirin 990 chip confirmed, 5G implementation still in question

Huawei Kirin 990 chip confirmed, 5G implementation still in question

It may have been given a slight reprieve but Huawei is definitely not wasting time in preparing itself for a dark future. It is lining up its game pieces to ensure that, even without key US products, it will still be able offer premium smartphones to the market. It may not yet be keen on turning its Harmony OS into a smartphone OS but it is hastening its position in the mobile chip race. The Chinese manufacturer has finally confirmed the existence and upcoming announcement of the Kirin 990 chip and, unsurprisingly, it is focusing on 5G yet again.

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Snapdragon 855 Plus drops a mid-year upgrade in time for Note 10

Snapdragon 855 Plus drops a mid-year upgrade in time for Note 10

Qualcomm today announced a new version of the Snapdragon 855, aptly named the Snapdragon 855 Plus. As the name suggests, this is less of a generational upgrade and more of an incremental one, but the improvements that are there could give the incoming slate of fall flagships a decent bump up in power nonetheless. Interestingly enough, Qualcomm seems to positioning this as a good SoC for gaming phones.

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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 Snapdragon 8150 is the chip that would have been the 855

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8150 is the chip that would have been the 855

The 810 came after the 800 and the 820 came after the 810. You’d expect that the series would go 830 then 840. Qualcomm, however, jump from 820 to 835 to 845. The next one after that will be 8150. Confused yet? You won’t be alone but that might be the marketing that Qualcomm will be employing when it unveils its next premium mobile platform, the Snapdragon 8150, not the Snapdragon 855.

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