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Motorola will start making flagship phones again in 2020

Motorola has struggled to find its footing in the smartphone era. After early successes like the Droid, it increasingly fell behind the likes of Samsung and OnePlus. After focusing on cheaper phones for the last few years, Moto says it's coming back to the flagship space in 2020.

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Qualcomm's new ultrasonic fingerprint scanner is 17 times bigger than last year's

Qualcomm announced its new "3D Sonic Max" fingerprint scanner at the company's annual tech summit this morning, and the biggest improvement is, well, that it's big. The new version of the ultrasonic sensor is allegedly a full 17 times larger than the previous generation, measuring 30.6x19.2mm. In standard measurement, that's around .91 square inches, about equal to the surface area of the coin face of two pennies.

That's much, much larger than most existing fingerprint scanners in smartphones, ultrasonic or optical, and should theoretically result in far fewer bad reads, as the area in which you can place a recognized portion of your finger is greatly expanded (think of it as shooting an arrow at a bullseye the size of the whole target).

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Motorola's foldable Razr looks clamshell as hell in leaks (Update: Even more images)

Motorola's new RAZR foldable phone is due to go public as a Verizon-exclusive (and you know how Verizon covets exclusives) device in two weeks, but there's been plenty of anticipation as well as a little monetary dread from anxious fans since this thing was quasi-announced to the media in February. We're just now getting our first substantial leak on how it will look — substantively, what size this clamshell will actually be — and how it will be branded.

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Why you might actually buy a 5G phone in 2020

The big problem with 5G — or one of the big problems — is that it's suffering the same issues LTE had when it first landed: It only works in a few markets, and most phones don't support it. Worse, the few devices that do support it use external modems which aren't built into the chipset, and like the early LTE phones, that means issues like decreased battery life. Thankfully, new chipsets with 5G support built-in are on the way, with Qualcomm announcing its own earlier this year. Today at IFA, Qualcomm has further revealed that the promised chip will be landing in products as early as the beginning of next year, with more 6-, 7-, and 8-series chipsets getting built-in 5G support next year, too.

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Early Galaxy Note10 deals offer at least $120 off global models

If you, dear U.S. reader, are looking to purchase a Galaxy Note10 or Note10+, but don't want to be beholden to your carrier for a device payment contract or even to the power of Qualcomm processing, you'll likely be dredging the gray market for your Samsung phablet. Well, reputable eBay seller never-msrp will be happy to sell you a Note intended for Asian or European markets right now, and at a good discount, too. Just beware of the small details.

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Intel sells its modem business to Apple for $1 billion

Apple develops its own processors for its mobile devices, but it relies on modems from Intel and Qualcomm for network connectivity. While Apple fought with Qualcomm over patents and royalties, Intel became the company's top choice for modems. After the dispute was settled, Intel gave up trying to make a 5G modem, and now Apple is buying its entire modem division.

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Europe fines Qualcomm €242 million for predatory pricing

The European Commission has just issued a fine of €242 million to Qualcomm for allegedly anti-competitive actions made by the company circa 2009-2011. The commission claims that Qualcomm abused its market position by using predatory pricing to push out competitors, selling some of its chipsets at a loss to Huawei and ZTE.

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Qualcomm is building an overclocked version of the Snapdragon 855

A common complaint about the new trend of gaming phones is that they use the same system-on-a-chip (and largely the same other internals) as non-gaming phones, so they usually don't have much of a performance boost over other devices. That could finally change, as Qualcomm announced today that its developing an overclocked Snapdragon 855 the aptly-named Snapdragon 855 Plus.

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[Update: Wear 3300] Qualcomm may finally deliver a smartwatch processor that doesn't suck

According to a report by WinFuture, Qualcomm is planning another new chipset for Wear OS devices, even though the existing Wear 3100 has barely materialized in any devices. The upcoming silicon will feature 64-bit support, 12nm node, Cortex A53 CPU cores, and is alleged to go by one of two potential names: "Snapdragon Wear 429" or "Snapdragon Wear 2700". In short, it sounds like it might actually bring some decent performance to the platform.

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Qualcomm's new 215 chipset is coming to a budget phone near you

There are only a handful of Android devices powered by Qualcomm's ultra low-end 200x series processors, but that might change soon. Today, the company announced its Qualcomm 215 mobile platform (the Snapdragon name is no longer used on the 200x series), which brings more powerful ARM cores and additional features to the bottom of Qualcomm's CPU lineup.

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