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Samsung's new Exynos 880 chipset will make future 5G phones more affordable

Samsung's new Exynos 880 chipset will make future 5G phones more affordable

Samsung has just announced a lower-end follow-up to its "first" in-house 5G-integrated chipset. The new Exynos 880 is probably destined for an even lower price point than the already mid-range 980, which will appear in the Galaxy A71 5G and A51 5G. Like its bigger brother, it doesn't support mmWave 5G, just sub-6 frequencies, and one phone that's using it has already been announced.

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MediaTek reveals upgraded Dimensity 1000+ with higher refresh rate support and other improvements

MediaTek reveals upgraded Dimensity 1000+ with higher refresh rate support and other improvements

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Mediatek announces 8-core Helio G85 gaming chipset with 1GHz GPU

Mediatek announces 8-core Helio G85 gaming chipset with 1GHz GPU

MediaTek has just revealed a new gaming-oriented chipset for its G series: the Helio G85. Pricing isn't public, and plenty of the more interesting specs have yet to be revealed, but the new chip expands the company's gaming chipset lineup and smartphone manufacturer options for gaming devices.

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Report claims Google plans its own chipset for Pixel phones as soon as 2021

Report claims Google plans its own chipset for Pixel phones as soon as 2021

According to a report today by Axios, Google has made "significant progress" in developing its own chipset for use in its Pixel phones — and, eventually, Chromebooks. Code-named "Whitechapel," the 8-core ARM chip was designed with Samsung's help, though it won't be ready for another year.

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MediaTek reveals two new mid-range smartphone gaming chipsets

MediaTek reveals two new mid-range smartphone gaming chipsets

Following last year's Helio G90, MediaTek has just taken the wraps off two new smartphone chipsets for mobile gaming: the Helio G70 and G80. These chips are destined to hit India as soon as this month, with plenty of gaming-optimized specs for more affordably-priced gaming phones.

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New 4G Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets will make cheap phones the best they can be in 2020

New 4G Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets will make cheap phones the best they can be in 2020

Qualcomm might be leading the charge towards 5G with new chipsets for premium and "Premium B" phones this year. But in many parts of the world where the transition from 4G will be especially slow to start, the chipmaker will also need to cater to people set to stick with LTE for the next while. It's at this juncture that the company introduces the Snapdragon 460, 662, and 720G SoCs.

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MediaTek's new 5G chipset aims for high-end devices, coming to the US next year

MediaTek's new 5G chipset aims for high-end devices, coming to the US next year

Today MediaTek has formally revealed its latest mobile chipset, which packs an integrated 5G modem, 8-core design, and Wi-Fi 6 support, kicking off an all new "Dimensity" family of silicon. On paper, the latest Dimensity 1000 sounds like the first 5G-integrated chip MediaTek announced back in May of this year. But whether this is a rehash of that or not, there is one big twist this time around: MediaTek tells us we'll see phones running this new SoC land here in the USA.

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MediaTek targets gamers on a budget with new Helio G90 series chipsets

MediaTek targets gamers on a budget with new Helio G90 series chipsets

If you take a look at how gaming smartphones are comprised, you'll find that the OEM usually draws from off-the-shelf components and augments them with software or extra hardware, like thermal coolants, to juice up performance. When it comes to SoCs, most chipmakers have come to integrate new features into their products in pushing for a strident gaming experience, but MediaTek has decided to christen a new line of chipsets for devices dedicated to the grind.

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

[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 Snapdragon 712 debuts as an ever-so-slightly-faster 710

Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 712 debuts as an ever-so-slightly-faster 710

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 700 series sits in an odd place in the market, one we don't really see in the US. The not-quite-flagship SoCs don't have quite the oomph the 800 series does, but the differences are strong enough to pull it away from the more mid-range 600 series. The newly announced Snapdragon 712 has an interesting, in-between state itself: On paper, it's essentially a Snapdragon 710 with clock bump.

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