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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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Android phone cameras could become a whole lot faster in 2020

Android phone cameras could become a whole lot faster in 2020

One of my consistent complaints with most smartphone cameras is performance. While I'd personally single out Google's Pixels as among the worst, I think it's fair to say that most phones experience significant speed degradation in the camera as they age. I'm not going to claim I understand why this happens—a multitude of factors could be at play—but I do think on some level you have to look at hardware. And with Qualcomm's new Spectra 480 ISP in the Snapdragon 865, it sure looks like we're about to take a generational leap when it comes to imaging performance.

For background, the ISP (Image Signal Processor) is the "brain" of your smartphone's camera.

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