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Cheap phones will finally get 5G thanks to Qualcomm's new 4 Series

At today's remote IFA festivities, Qualcomm has announced that it is bringing 5g to its entry-level 4 Series of chipsets. Specifically meant for phones in the $125-250 price range, this could finally mean the long-anticipated democratization of 5G as the feature truly trickles down to the mainstream.

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Qualcomm reveals souped-up Snapdragon 732G, bound for a future POCO phone

Qualcomm has just announced a slightly souped-up successor to the Snapdragon 730G. The new 732G sports a faster 2.3GHz maximum clock on its so-called "Prime" cores, and somewhat enhanced GPU performance. It might only be an incremental improvement (as its model number implies), but an as-yet-unnamed POCO phone will be "globally" powered by the upcoming chip.

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HMD Global picks up $230 million investment from Google, Qualcomm, and others

Finnish startup HMD Global revived the Nokia brand by marrying the entire smartphone range to the Android One program. With their new identity, Nokia phones have grown popular, particularly in emerging markets where they can piggyback on the legendary brand image. In a bid to keep up with that growth trajectory, HMD Global recently announced that it has raised a total of $230 million from an investor group, including the likes of Google, Qualcomm, and Nokia Technologies.

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Qualcomm asks the Trump administration for permission to sell 5G Snapdragon chipsets to Huawei

Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors power a lot of Android phones these days, but there are some exceptions. Huawei's tiff with the US government cut the Chinese company off from chip suppliers earlier this year, leading the company to investigate other sources. Now Qualcomm is asking the Trump administration to alter the restrictions placed on Huawei so it can sell more 5G Snapdragon chips.

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Quick Charge 5 promises to charge phones from 0 to 100% in just 15 minutes

While many Android manufacturers have created their own fast charge methods over the years, Qualcomm's Quick Charge (QC) standard remains the most ubiquitous on the market. Three years after its last update to version 4+ with up to 100W, Qualcomm has introduced Quick Charge 5 today. It promises more than 100W (without saying how much exactly), much higher charging speeds, and cooler phones.

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The Snapdragon 865 Plus is a slightly faster 865 — here's what's new

Seemingly on schedule with its tick-tock cycle, Qualcomm is announcing a half-step iteration to its Snapdragon 865 mobile platform, the Snapdragon 865 Plus. With it come the predictable minor performance bumps, but the system-on-a-chip does cross a major threshold in the realm of Wi-Fi.

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Qualcomm's new Snapdragon Wear 4100 series is the hardware boost Wear OS desperately needs

Google's Wear OS platform for smartwatches has been in a rough patch for a while, partially because the only viable option for processors has been Qualcomm's Snapdragon Wear 2100 and 3100 chips. Those processors are vastly out of date, but now Qualcomm is introducing a massive upgrade — the Wear 4100 series.

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Qualcomm reveals mid-range Snapdragon 690 with 5G, Wi-Fi 6, and 120Hz support

Qualcomm revealed the budget Snapdragon 768G just last month, but now the company is announcing another System-On-a-Chip intended for mid-range devices. The Snapdragon 690 will appear in phones later this year, and it aims to bring 5G connectivity to more affordable price points.

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Qualcomm's ready for Wi-Fi 6E with two new products for its upcoming chipsets

The new bands that the upcoming Wi-Fi 6E standard depends on have only recently been approved for use by the FCC, but Qualcomm's been ready and waiting. The company has just announced two new products that will be Wi-Fi 6E compatible when they eventually land in as-yet-unannounced chipsets, with the higher-end version available in hardware as soon as the 2nd half of this year.

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The Snapdragon 768G is Qualcomm's latest mid-tier 5G processor for gamers

Everybody wants a 5G phone these days, but what's that tech going to cost you? We’re beginning to see an influx of mid-range phones that can latch onto a 5G network, without you having to pay the ultra-premium price of flagships. One thing that’s common across these devices is their processor — the Snapdragon 765G, which Qualcomm introduced not too long ago. Just a few months later, the chip maker is already announcing a follow-up with a few minor upgrades, the Snapdragon 768G.

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