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The line between 'flagship' and mid-range just gets blurrier with Qualcomm's newest chip

The line between 'flagship' and mid-range just gets blurrier with Qualcomm's newest chip

Phones based on Qualcomm's 700-series Snapdragon processors have been a hit as of late, combining serious performance with surprising value. Today the company announced its most powerful entrant in the series, the Snapdragon 780G. Versus the 765G as seen in recent Pixels, the 780G uses a 5nm fabrication process, allowing for faster speeds and greater efficiency.

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Exclusive: Qualcomm is planning an Android-powered Nintendo Switch knockoff

Exclusive: Qualcomm is planning an Android-powered Nintendo Switch knockoff

Qualcomm plans its first foray into the consumer electronics market in years — with a device that bears a strong resemblance to Nintendo's wildly popular Switch game console. According to a source familiar with the company's strategy, the Android-powered game console will attempt to showcase the company's Snapdragon chipsets in a less traditional form factor.

The device, which we were able to view non-final images of but cannot share, is immediately familiar to anyone who owns a Switch. Detachable "joycon" style controllers are on the left and right sides of the core console, which resembles a thicker, bulkier smartphone. There's a good reason for that: the company believes that the added thermal headroom a thicker design affords will make its processor run faster and significantly more efficiently than a modern ultra-thin smartphone.

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You may soon be waiting longer and paying more for Snapdragon-powered phones

You may soon be waiting longer and paying more for Snapdragon-powered phones

Qualcomm is struggling to meet a demand surge for its Snapdragon chipsets with multiple supply challenges affecting its production strategy. The ripple effects could bring more priority to the premium tier at the expense of more affordable devices and longer waits for orders.

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Qualcomm allegedly exploring a cheaper Snapdragon 888 variant without 5G

Qualcomm allegedly exploring a cheaper Snapdragon 888 variant without 5G

After releasing a slightly tweaked Snapdragon 865 Plus as the Snapdragon 870 earlier this year, Qualcomm seems set to launch yet another derivative of a successful high-end processor. Leaker Roland Quandt reports that the company has a lower-end version of the Snapdragon 888 in the works for 2021.

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Mid-range Snapdragon 775 SoC spotted in alleged Qualcomm leak

Mid-range Snapdragon 775 SoC spotted in alleged Qualcomm leak

The Snapdragon 765 is a pretty great chip, combining a selection of the high-end features of Qualcomm's 800 series with a lower price that puts it on the higher end of the mid-range category. According to an alleged leak on Telegram, the next upgrade to this class will be significant. The Snapdragon 775's biggest change is a shift to the smaller and more efficient 5 nanometer fabrication process, as seen on the 888.

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Qualcomm realizes it has fans, launches new Snapdragon Insiders program

Qualcomm realizes it has fans, launches new Snapdragon Insiders program

Intel and AMD have done a fairly good job at engaging with their fans over the years, which in turn has helped cultivate interest in their CPUs and other products. The same isn't really true for Qualcomm, which has historically not done much to promote its tech besides... shipping it. That's changing though, as Qualcomm today announced a new 'Snapdragon Insiders' program.

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Qualcomm's upcoming modems will bring 5G out of the early adopter phase

Qualcomm's upcoming modems will bring 5G out of the early adopter phase

Qualcomm has just announced two new 5G modems that promise ridiculous speeds and support for emerging frequencies. The new X65 and X62 modems won't be available until later this year, which probably means they won't be in Android flagships until the next generation of chips hits in 2022. When they do land, though, they'll support a few key features. In addition to the expected speed improvements (the X65 can hit a theoretical 10-gig speed), the new modems have an upgradeable architecture that will roll out new 5G features from a new set of standards over time — no hardware upgrade required.

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The Snapdragon 870 is nothing but a slightly tweaked 865 Plus

The Snapdragon 870 is nothing but a slightly tweaked 865 Plus

Not too long ago, Qualcomm announced its latest flagship processor, the Snapdragon 888. Today, the company is back with another new mobile platform, the Snapdragon 870. While the name implies that we're looking at a brand-new line, the new chip is actually nothing but a slightly tweaked Snapdragon 865 Plus.

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Qualcomm's latest purchase could fix Android's iPhone-chip envy

Qualcomm's latest purchase could fix Android's iPhone-chip envy

We accept a handful of things as universally certain: Death, taxes, and Apple's smartphone chipsets beat what you can get in an Android phone. But Qualcomm's just-announced $1.4 billion acquisition of NUVIA could turn that last detail around. The two-year-old company was helmed by a handful of former Apple chipset designer hotshots with grand promises of power savings and performance improvements, and those skills could spell drastic improvements in future Android phones.

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Qualcomm's new larger 3D Sonic Sensors touted to scan fingerprints 50% faster

Qualcomm's new larger 3D Sonic Sensors touted to scan fingerprints 50% faster

Qualcomm is ploughing through with ultrasonic fingerprint-sensing technology as it introduces its second-generation 3D Sonic Sensor. The chip, set to go out into smartphones in the extreme near0future, features a reading surface that's 77% larger than the original and better processing that should result in 50% faster scans. However, something that hasn't been addressed here and has been challenged multiple times is the reliability factor.

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