Your Android phone is probably powered by one of Qualcomm's processors. Whether it's the high-end Snapdragon 888 or the gaming-focused 780G, the company powers countless mobile devices without much competition. If you've always wanted to own a Qualcomm-branded phone, however, today's your lucky day. Created in partnership with Asus, the new "Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders" is now available for pre-order.
Chromebooks have grown exponentially more popular over the last year, with Google promising more than 50 new laptops planned for 2021. With so many models available across various price points, manufacturers need to turn to the latest chipsets to squeeze out as much power as possible. Qualcomm is looking to follow up on its first lineup of Snapdragon 7c-powered computers with a refreshed chipset for the second half of 2021.
Earlier this week renders of a new Poco X3 Pro were spotted from familiar leakers. It seems like a release for this boosted version of the Poco X3 NFC, which has been out for about half a year, is immanent: now it's showing up in retailer listings, complete with a set of specs. It's mostly similar to the already-released device, but the text teases more RAM and storage, and a Snapdragon SoC we haven't heard of before.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Qualcomm makes plenty of powerful chips for all kinds of smartphones, but its latest processor has got an eye out for budget phones in particular, hoping to bring them some substantial upgrades. A successor to last year's Snapdragon 460, the Snapdragon 480 claims not only big performance boosts, but is also the first 4-series chipset to offer 5G capabilities.