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Qualcomm announces depth sensing camera tech that will make its way to Android devices

In what could be exciting news for the future of cameras on Android smartphones, Qualcomm has announced an expansion to its Spectra™ Module Program. This will open mobile devices up to high-resolution depth sensing and better biometric authentication.

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HTC has announced a standalone VIVE VR headset, exclusive to China

At Google I/O back in May, we saw the announcement of standalone Daydream virtual reality headsets from companies such as HTC and Lenovo. While they have yet to materialize, HTC has just announced that it's releasing the VIVE Standalone headset, and it will be exclusive to China.

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Qualcomm announces the Snapdragon 450, a major update to the 400-series platform

It's been some time since Qualcomm issued the 400-series Snapdragon chip a generational update, but it looks like we're finally getting one today. The new Snapdragon 450 sees Qualcomm's mid-range smartphone platform move to a 14nm process, a change that should bring very significant efficiency gains, as current 400-series chips are on a 28nm process.

Like the outgoing Snapdragon 435, the current most-powerful 400-series chipset, the 450 still utilizes Cortex A53 cores, but on a smaller 14nm process. Qualcomm is also very substantially raising their max clock speed, up to 1.8GHz on the 450 versus a max of 1.4GHz on the 435.

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Qualcomm announces the Snapdragon Wear 1200 for entry-level wearables and LTE IoT devices

Qualcomm announced at MWC Shanghai today that it's releasing a new wearable chipset, Snapdragon Wear 1200. The chip is actually a pretty major advancement over the previous generation Wear 1100, in that the overall package size is a whopping 45% smaller while adding support for LTE Cat M1 connectivity, a technology designed to allow ultra-low-power electronics to connect to an LTE network with minimal power consumption. LTE Cat NB1, also supported by Wear 1200, offers similar benefits.

This chip isn't something that will ever make it into an Android Wear device, but you could see it in internet-connected accessories and basic fitness or tracker wearables.

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[Deal Alert] New dual-sim international unlocked Galaxy S8 (G950FD) on eBay, $730 for Exynos and $820 for Qualcomm

If you have been waiting for a deal on the dual-sim variety of the Galaxy S8, then you are in luck. Whether you need it for travel, work, or novelty, availability is starting to pick up. Right now over at eBay, you can grab the dual-sim Exynos version for a cool $730, and the Qualcomm variant runs $820, both of which are less than the inflated prices at places like Amazon.

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Panasonic Automotive and Qualcomm join forces on yet another Android-based concept car infotainment system

Well, this is a bit surprising. Fiat Chrysler and Google announced a collaboration earlier this week to create a new Android-based automotive infotainment system — now Panasonic Automotive and Qualcomm are joining forces to create another one. They are touting this concept as "next-generation," whatever that means anymore.

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Qualcomm details the Snapdragon 835: Octa-core, 20% faster, and 25% more efficient

Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 835 way back in November last year, but today the company is lifting the lid on a considerable number of details it declined to publish as part of that initial reveal. Qualcomm hadn't even bothered to state how many cores the 835 had yet, so aside from the comment that it was the world's first 10nm CPU, there was precious little to go on.

We now know the 835 has returned to an octa-core setup, as opposed to the quad-core Snapdragon 820. We also know that the actual CPU cores are not of Qualcomm's own design, but more closely based upon ARM reference cores (the 820 used Qualcomm's full-custom Kryo cores).

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Qualcomm accidentally reveals the Asus ZenFone AR, the newest Tango phone

This is definitely an "Oops" moment for Qualcomm. The chipset manufacturer accidentally leaked/revealed the newest Asus device ahead of the CES announcement. While new devices are sometimes worth getting excited about, this one is actually special: the ZenFone AR, as it is named, will be the second phone with Tango built in. Qualcomm noted in its now removed blog post that the ZenFone AR will use the Snapdragon 821 SoC and that the new phone would also be Daydream-ready. Of course, this would be the first device to run both of Google's augmented and virtual reality platforms. 

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Qualcomm offers up to $15,000 in bug bounties for Snapdragon chipsets

If you want to find weaknesses in your vault or safe, it couldn't hurt to hire a thief to try and break into it. If you want to do the same thing for your brand new system-on-a-chip, the same principle applies to hackers and security experts. So goes the thinking behind Qualcomm's latest outreach to the security industry: a bug bounty program offering prizes of up to $15,000 for disclosed vulnerabilities in the company's Snapdragon chipsets and LTE modems.

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Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 835 and Quick Charge 4, compatible with USB Power Delivery

The march of chipset progress goes on: Qualcomm announced this morning that its new Snapdragon 835 chipset is on the way, utilizing Samsung's new 10 nanometer fabrication process, as well as the latest generation of its Quick Charge technology. Qualcomm did not share many details about its newest flagship processor, only claiming unspecified increases in speed, efficiency, and a reduction of physical space used by the chip (all at least partly a result of the switch from 14nm to 10nm). Qualcomm says Snapdragon 835 devices will be arriving on the market in the first half of 2017. Number of cores and other improvements were not disclosed - this appears to be a strictly preliminary announcement.

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