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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 Snapdragon 480 chipset wants to bring 5G to budget smartphones

Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 480 chipset wants to bring 5G to budget smartphones

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.

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Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 678 chip delivers a minor speed boost and improved camera performance

Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 678 chip delivers a minor speed boost and improved camera performance

Qualcomm launched the Snapdragon 675 back in 2018 as a mid-range chipset focused on providing a great experience for mobile gaming (without costing an arm and a leg). A lot has happened in the last two years, but Qualcomm isn't changing up the formula too much for this new successor apart from some dynamic camera upgrades and minor performance tweaks.

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Acer announces the first Snapdragon 7c Chromebook along with a new Chromebox

Acer announces the first Snapdragon 7c Chromebook along with a new Chromebox

Acer's products are undoubtedly among the better options when it comes to Chrome OS, as our own Ryan Whitwam would tell you in his Chromebook Spin 713 review. And as part of its annual GPC event, the company has announced a significant milestone for Chrome OS hardware, the Chromebook Spin 513. It's the first to be equipped with the Snapdragon 7c platform, allowing for a fanless design, extraordinary battery life, and optional 4G LTE connectivity. Acer has also unveiled the follow-up to its 2018 desktop Chrome OS machine, the Chromebox CXI4. Both will be available starting Q1 next year.

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Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 750G chipset focuses on HDR gaming and global 5G

Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 750G chipset focuses on HDR gaming and global 5G

Qualcomm is one of the leading chipset suppliers for Android devices, and today its portfolio is getting a little bigger. The company's latest 7-series processor, the Snapdragon 750G, focuses on delivering expanded support for 5G and HDR-capable gaming performance — as well as some major AI advancements in audio.

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

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

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

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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Sony unveils 5G flagship Xperia 1 II and mid-range Xperia 10 II (Update: Xperia Pro with HDMI input)

Sony unveils 5G flagship Xperia 1 II and mid-range Xperia 10 II (Update: Xperia Pro with HDMI input)

Sony's smartphone design language has long stagnated, but last year, the company stepped up its game with the Xperia 1 and 10, coming with 21:9 displays and slightly more rounded corners than Xperia devices of old. Today, the company has released the follow-ups for these two phones, the Xperia 1 II and 10 II (speak: Xperia 1 mark 2), stepping up both handsets' cameras and resurrecting the headphone jack on the high-end device. It's also Sony's first to come with 5G.

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