Tag: qualcomm

MediaTek vs Snapdragon: Everything you should know about the two companies

Huawei and Samsung are two of the only Android manufacturers regularly producing in-house processors. Everyone else turns to Qualcomm and MediaTek for their mobile chip needs. The two companies have been the dominant third-party chipset providers for several years now, following the withdrawal of players like Texas Instruments, Intel, and ST-Ericsson’s NovaThor. We’ve put together […]

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Apple pursues Qualcomm chip engineers as modem legal battle deepens

Locked in an increasingly dangerous legal battle with Qualcomm over modem patents and trade secrets, Apple is upping the ante by aggressively seeking to lure employees from its one-time chip supplier. According to a new Bloomberg report, Apple is now seeking chip engineers located in Qualcomm’s home city of San […]

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Qualcomm will now have to license standards-essential patents to competitors on reasonable terms

Last year, the FTC filed suit against Qualcomm for its patent licensing, alleging that the company wasn’t giving competitors fair terms for standards-essential patents owned by the company. In what will likely prove to be a benefit to companies and consumers alike, yesterday the judge in the suit granted a motion for partial summary judgment, […]

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Qualcomm tipped to adopt Kirin 980 formula for Snapdragon 855

Qualcomm will apparently adopt a tri-cluster CPU arrangement for the Snapdragon 855. The company is tipped to use four low-power cores, two medium-power cores, and two high-performance cores. Huawei’s Kirin 980 processor uses a tri-cluster setup as well, but the idea was pioneered by MediaTek. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (also known as Snapdragon 8150) is […]

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Here are all the devices that support Qualcomm Quick Charge 4/4+ [Continuously Updated]

It’s definitely hard to keep up with all the different quick charging technologies. Most flagships use Qualcomm Quick Charge, some (like the Pixels) use USB-PD, and a few others use custom tech like OnePlus Dash Charge. Qualcomm Quick Charge 4 is over a year old at this point, but for one reason or another, most […]

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The layman’s guide to 5G: What should we expect from the first 5G smartphones?

Article Contents 5G is coming soon, but if you still have no idea what it is, or why it matters, then you’re not alone. It isn’t easy to gain a clear understanding of the subject — most explanations on the net end up being half vague marketing jargon and half complex technical details. That’s why […]

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Qualcomm launches Snapdragon 675, a mid-range chip designed for mobile gaming

Qualcomm waited over a year to deliver a successor to the Snapdragon 660, a well-received mid-range chipset launched in 2017 that ended up gracing a lengthy list of devices including the Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018), Asus ZenFone 4, and Nokia 7 Plus. The Snapdragon 670 arrived in August, promising enhanced AI performance and the usual […]

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Qualcomm shrinks mmWave antenna ahead of 5G handset reveals in 2019

5G is coming. That’s a line you’ve no doubt read countless times by now. But just as it begins to ring false (like a wireless tech version of The Boy Who Cried Wolf), it’s also more accurate than ever. In July, Qualcomm revealed new antenna for mmWave spectrum — the finnicky, high-frequency stuff that’s crucial to 5G. These antenna […]

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Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 675, yet another mid-range chipset

Qualcomm optimized the Snapdragon 675 for mainstream use. The first smartphones using the Snapdragon 675 will ship in Q1 2019. The 675 is Qualcomm’s third mid-range processor announced within the past six months. During its annual 4G/5G Summit in Hong Kong, Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon 675. According to Qualcomm, this new processor is less […]

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What is the best mid-range mobile processor?

[embedded content] Not everyone buys a flagship or premium smartphone. Brands like Xiaomi, Nokia, and Honor sell millions of devices a year in the mid-range market. A mid-range device is typically cheaper and has fewer features than a flagship or premium device. They generally use mobile processors with lower levels of performance compared to flagship […]

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Qualcomm accuses Apple of stealing modem secrets and passing them to Intel for new iPhone chips

The plot just thickened yet again in the complex Apple vs. Qualcomm battle, as the latter has accused Apple of stealing “vast swaths” of its confidential information and trade secrets and then sharing code with Intel to improve the modems Intel made for Apple’s new iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. Qualcomm filed the […]

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Smartwatches can last all week with the Snapdragon Wear 3100, but there’s a catch

The Snapdragon Wear 3100 is Qualcomm’s new premium smartwatch platform. It includes a new low-power co-processor, the Qualcomm’s QCC1110. The platform boasts a 1.5-2.5 day typical battery life, while Traditional Watch Mode extends life up to a week. Qualcomm unveiled its third-generation premium wearables platform today, the new Snapdragon Wear 3100. The platform replaces the Wear 2100 […]

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Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon Wear 3100 puts battery life ahead of performance — and that makes sense

It’s been two and a half years since Qualcomm revealed its first dedicated wearable chipset, Wear 2100, and, in that time, there’s been no major update. This has led to some doubt regarding the chipmaker’s interest in the market — a crucial element for Wear OS’ continued existence, considering Qualcomm powers 80 percent of Android […]

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