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Qualcomm's new trio of chipsets give budget smartphones premium features
Qualcomm's new trio of chipsets give budget smartphones premium features By Rik Henderson

Qualcomm has announced three new Snapdragon platforms that will enhance the abilities of future entry to mid-tier smartphones.The Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, Snapdragon 439 and Snapdragon 429 chipsets will bring several premium benefits to budget and affordable... Read more

Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor brings 4K HDR and premium smartphone features to the mid-range
Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor brings 4K HDR and premium smartphone features to the mid-range By Rik Henderson

Qualcomm has announced a new mobile processor that will greatly improve the performance of new mid-range Android handsets coming out in the second half of 2018.The Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 mobile platform is based on 10nm process technology and features... Read more

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845: Everything you need to know about Qualcomm's new mobile platform
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845: Everything you need to know about Qualcomm's new mobile platform By Chris Hall

Qualcomm has announced its next-gen mobile platform, the Snapdragon 845. Introduced at the company's Snapdragon Summit it is aimed squarely at 2018's most exciting devices.This platform takes the Snapdragon 835, which powered over 120 different devices... Read more

Cutting-edge camera, power save and AI tech coming to cheaper phones
Cutting-edge camera, power save and AI tech coming to cheaper phones By Dan Grabham

The mobile platforms that power our flagship phones are extremely powerful, but the chips inside mid-range phones and cheaper flagship phones lag behind.That’s changing with Qualcomm bringing out a new mobile platform that brings cutting-edge features... Read more

Qualcomm’s latest mobile modem promises ‘fibre-like internet speeds’
Qualcomm’s latest mobile modem promises ‘fibre-like internet speeds’ By Dan Grabham

The latest mobile modem from Qualcomm promises “fibre-like” speeds of up to 2Gbps. It’s coming to flagship phones late this year and into 2019.So if we get a Galaxy S10 next year it’s likely to be inside it.The Snapdragon X24 Gigabit LTE mobile... Read more

Qualcomm is working with phone makers to launch 5G devices in 2019
Qualcomm is working with phone makers to launch 5G devices in 2019 By Elyse Betters

Everybody loves fast internet.Everything from smartphones to even our cars require speedy internet connections. Thankfully, a few years ago, 4G became a thing and made it easier for people to browse the web, send text messages, make phone calls, and even... Read more

Those Snapdragon 836 rumours were false, Pixel 2 to come with SD835 instead
Those Snapdragon 836 rumours were false, Pixel 2 to come with SD835 instead By Max Langridge

There have been a couple of previous rumours circling the web that say Google's second-generation Pixel smartphones will come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 836 processor, which would offer slight improvements over the 835. Google Pixel 2 to launch on 5 October,... Read more

Qualcomm reveals its next-generation camera modules and depth-sensing image tech
Qualcomm reveals its next-generation camera modules and depth-sensing image tech By Max Langridge

Qualcomm has revealed details about its camera processing technology and some new camera modules, for smartphones and VR headsets, that will arrive alongside the next flagship Snapdragon processor platform for Android smartphones. LG and Qualcomm are... Read more

Qualcomm set to take over fingerprint sensor market with under display scanners
Qualcomm set to take over fingerprint sensor market with under display scanners By Max Langridge

Qualcomm has just announced itself a major player in the supply of fingerprint sensors, as it's announced it will be one of the, if not the first company to produce under-display sensors. Qualcomm Sense ID is a 3D biometric scanner that will solve those... Read more

Qualcomm: There's no Samsung contractual exclusivity on the Snapdragon 835
Qualcomm: There's no Samsung contractual exclusivity on the Snapdragon 835 By Chris Hall

There's been plenty of rumour circulating that Samsung has "first dibs" on the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset. Qualcomm however, talking at Mobile World Congress 2017, told us that there was no contractual exclusivity on the Snapdragon 835.It was... Read more

2017 flagship smartphones can be thinner but more powerful, says Qualcomm
2017 flagship smartphones can be thinner but more powerful, says Qualcomm By Stuart Miles

Qualcomm has announced its latest processor at CES 2017 that is likely to become the beating heart of many of the new smartphones expected to launch this year.With devices like the Samsung Galaxy S8, the Huawei P10, and the HTC 11 on the horizon, we've... Read more

Qualcomm Quick Charge 4 coming 2017: 5-minutes charge for 5-hours battery
Qualcomm Quick Charge 4 coming 2017: 5-minutes charge for 5-hours battery By Mike Lowe

Qualcomm is to introduce its next-generation of fast-charging, Quick Charge 4.0, as part of its forthcoming Snapdragon 835 chipset (an ultra-small 10-nanometer technology that will be produced by Samsung, due in 2017).The new battery top-up tech is 20... Read more

Qualcomm all but confirms OnePlus 3T with Snapdragon 821 processor
Qualcomm all but confirms OnePlus 3T with Snapdragon 821 processor By Max Langridge

Rumours have been circling for some time suggesting OnePlus will release an updated version of the OnePlus 3 smartphone with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor. The OnePlus 3 launched with the Snapdragon 820, just missing out on the launch of the... Read more

Qualcomm's X50 modem will make smartphone downloads lightning fast
Qualcomm's X50 modem will make smartphone downloads lightning fast By Max Langridge

Qualcomm has announced the world's first 5G modem for smartphones, called the Snapdragon X50. The new chip is capable of download speeds of up to 5Gbps, which is crazily fast and nearly 400 times faster than the current average 4G download speed of 13.5mbps.... Read more

Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 arrives just in time for Galaxy Note 7
Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 arrives just in time for Galaxy Note 7 By Cam Bunton

Qualcomm has announced the new Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor; the next in line from its current high-end chip, the Snapdragon 820. Although it doesn't give precise details on all the improvements made with the Snapdragon 821 over the 820, the company... Read more

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820: What's new and why it will make your next phone awesome
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820: What's new and why it will make your next phone awesome By Stuart Miles

Qualcomm has said in New York that its new Snapdragon 820 processor will deliver better battery life, more efficiency, faster performance, and more.But what innovations is the company promising with the new processor, and how will it affect the way you... Read more

Real of fake? The amazing photos that will make you question whether anything is real ever again
Real of fake? The amazing photos that will make you question whether anything is real ever again By Stuart Miles

Real or fake? At first glance the photo above looks like it could be shot with a standard camera in a Parisian apartment on a sunny autumn day.The light coming through the window looks real, the shadows on the floor look real, even the crimples in the... Read more

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 will make your next phone a data monster
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 will make your next phone a data monster By Rik Henderson

Qualcomm has expanded on the abilities of its next generation processor and it is a monster when it comes to downloading and uploading data.First revealed during Mobile World Congress earlier this year, the Snapdragon 820 chipset has plenty of standout... Read more

Next-gen metal phones will finally be able to wirelessly charge, thanks to Qualcomm
Next-gen metal phones will finally be able to wirelessly charge, thanks to Qualcomm By Elyse Betters

Qualcomm has just figured out a way to wirelessly charge metal devices.Until now, engineers haven't been able to develop a solution that'll allow metal device to wirelessly charge. Qualcomm has come up with something called WiPower technology however,... Read more

Qualcomm Zeroth machine learning promises to help us find lost photos quickly
Qualcomm Zeroth machine learning promises to help us find lost photos quickly By Stuart Miles

The days of trying to remember when and where you took a picture could be over thanks to a machine learning technology being developed by Qualcomm.The tech, currently referred to as Zeroth, has the ability to scan images you've taken and match points... Read more

Qualcomm Sense ID is a 3D biometric scanner that will solve those sweaty Apple TouchID moments (hands-on)
Qualcomm Sense ID is a 3D biometric scanner that will solve those sweaty Apple TouchID moments (hands-on) By Stuart Miles

Qualcomm has demoed a new biometric fingerprint scanner at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that uses ultrasonic sound waves to capture even more of the minute details of your digits.The technology, called Sense ID, aims to solve the problem of scanning... Read more

Qualcomm details your next, next smartphone
Qualcomm details your next, next smartphone By Stuart Miles

As the latest flagship smartphones are announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona by the likes of HTC, LG, Sony and others, chip maker Qualcomm is already looking to enhance the next generation of phones that haven't even been thought up yet.The... Read more

Who says there's no 4K content? 150m 4K video cameras have already been sold
Who says there's no 4K content? 150m 4K video cameras have already been sold By Stuart Miles

Own a 4K television and are struggling to find content other than season three of House of Cards to watch? Well that's strange because new figures show that in 2014 over 150 million devices were sold that have the ability of recording 4K footage. And... Read more

What is Quick Charge 2.0 and why do you need it?
What is Quick Charge 2.0 and why do you need it? By Luke Edwards

Battery life is one of the most talked about areas for improvement in smartphones. Longer life and faster charging are at the top of the want list for many who are frustrated with constant device recharging as our mobile demands grow.Quick Charge 2.0... Read more

Qualcomm all but confirms that Samsung Galaxy S6 won't use the Snapdragon 810 processor
Qualcomm all but confirms that Samsung Galaxy S6 won't use the Snapdragon 810 processor By Elyse Betters

Don't expect the Samsung Galaxy S6 to feature Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 chip, or at least that's what you get after reading between the lines of Qualcomm's Q1 2015 earnings results.Buried in the quarterly statement is a comment that sales of the company's... Read more

Qualcomm shows off the future of 4K broadcast with LTE-B, direct sharing over LTE, Wi-Gig and more
Qualcomm shows off the future of 4K broadcast with LTE-B, direct sharing over LTE, Wi-Gig and more By Luke Edwards

We've met with Qualcomm for some world first demos of the future of super-fast Wi-Fi and LTE. The recently announced Wi-Gig, that manages nearly 1GB per second downloads, was on show as well as future LTE which allows direct phone to phone data sharing... Read more

Qualcomm: 'Snapdragon 805 is the first end-to-end full 4K mobile experience'
Qualcomm: 'Snapdragon 805 is the first end-to-end full 4K mobile experience' By Mike Lowe

Qualcomm is making one thing abundantly clear about its forthcoming Snapdragon 805 processor: it's all about 4K."Our belief is that 4K will be driven by mobile," said Tim McDonough, Qualcomm's vice president of marketing, at a preview session exploring... Read more

Qualcomm to begin manufacturing 64-bit 8-core chips this year
Qualcomm to begin manufacturing 64-bit 8-core chips this year By Luke Edwards

Qualcomm has officially announced that it will begin the shipping of its 8-core chips this year.The first 8-core chip from Qualcomm will be a mid-range system on a chip called the Snapdragon 615 due out this summer.Later in the year Qualcomm will unveil... Read more

Qualcomm and Intel work to bring 64-bit processing to Android masses
Qualcomm and Intel work to bring 64-bit processing to Android masses By Stuart Miles

Qualcomm and Intel have both announced they will be providing manufacturers with 64-bit ready processors for tablet and smartphones that will start to come out from as early as this summer.Qualcomm has announced a new variant of its Snapdragon 600 chipset... Read more

Qualcomm expands vast mobile patent portfolio by acquiring Palm, IPAQ and Bitfone patents (update)
Qualcomm expands vast mobile patent portfolio by acquiring Palm, IPAQ and Bitfone patents (update) By Rik Henderson

Qualcomm has acquired a patent portfolio from Hewlett-Packard that includes 1,400 US-granted patents and 1,000 granted patents and pending patent applications from other countries. This includes the patents previously held by HP for Palm, IPAQ and Bitfone... Read more

Qualcomm announces iBeacon competitor, beaming info when stepping foot in a store
Qualcomm announces iBeacon competitor, beaming info when stepping foot in a store By Jake Smith

Qualcomm has taken the wraps off Qualcomm Gimbal, a new proximity beacon that will beam ads, coupons, etc, from the moment a customer sets foot in a retail store. Apple first released a similar technology in September when it included iBeacons within... Read more

Qualcomm unveils its first 64-bit processor, aiming at emerging markets
Qualcomm unveils its first 64-bit processor, aiming at emerging markets By Jake Smith

Qualcomm has announced its new Snapdragon 410 processor, aiming to bring faster data connection and faster performance, thanks to 64-bit technology, to emerging markets. The Snapdragon 410 chip has integrated "4G LTE World Mode", meaning it will work... Read more

LG Odin 2.2GHz octa-core chip hints at move away from third-party chip manufacturers, just like Samsung
LG Odin 2.2GHz octa-core chip hints at move away from third-party chip manufacturers, just like Samsung By Luke Edwards

LG has been doing very well in the smartphone and tablet world lately. The G2 was loved by all and the Nexus 7 tablet is selling extremely well.So it comes as no surpirse that LG is now working on its own CPU called Odin. This is much like Samsung does... Read more

Next generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor unveiled, capable of 4K video playback
Next generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor unveiled, capable of 4K video playback By Rik Henderson

Qualcomm has announced a new, more powerful processor in its Snapdragon 800 family, which will allow smartphones and tablets to play back 4K Ultra HD footage rather than just record it.The Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 is described by the company as the next... Read more

Qualcomm uses 130 HTC Ones to recreate Matrix-style bullet time (video)
Qualcomm uses 130 HTC Ones to recreate Matrix-style bullet time (video) By Jake Smith

Given the Snapdragon 600 processor is the powerhouse behind the HTC One, chipmaker Qualcomm wants to show it off. In a marketing stunt, Qualcomm has set up the "Ultimate Smartphone Photobooth" using 130 HTC Ones to capture 540 degrees of a moment.The... Read more

Qualcomm Vuforia SmartTerrain turns your coffee table into a gaming landscape
Qualcomm Vuforia SmartTerrain turns your coffee table into a gaming landscape By Stuart Miles

Qualcomm has demoed a new AR technology at its Uplinq conference in San Diego that allows gamers to build terrains with anything around you before transporting it into the game you are playing.Demoing the new technology, which will be available to games... Read more

HTC dropped One S Android 4.2 update over insufficient Qualcomm support
HTC dropped One S Android 4.2 update over insufficient Qualcomm support By Elyse Betters

HTC confirmed recently that the HTC One S would remain on the current version of Android and HTC Sense without offering any reason why, but now a new report claims to have the inside details.Despite HTC's assurances in February that the HTC One S and... Read more

Qualcomm shows us what life would be like without mobile phones (video)
Qualcomm shows us what life would be like without mobile phones (video) By Rik Henderson

Qualcomm has created an amusing viral video to give us a hint of what our lives would be like without our smartphones. Highlighting emails, video, tweeting, gaming, tunes and updating your profile (Facebook, basically), each action we essentially perform... Read more

Qualcomm's Snapdragon BatteryGuru for Android exits beta
Qualcomm's Snapdragon BatteryGuru for Android exits beta By Elyse Betters

Qualcomm updated its Snapdragon BatteryGuru on Monday and brought the free Android app out of beta. Everyone has battery life on the mind these days. From bright, high-resolution displays to apps that run quietly in the background, mobile devices hardly... Read more

AllJoyn adds DoubleTwist support, video streaming promised
AllJoyn adds DoubleTwist support, video streaming promised By Stuart Miles

Qualcomm further demonstrated its AllJoyn system to Pocket-lint at Mobile World Congress, but with a new twist. DoubleTwist, in fact.Rather than just promote the ability for your fridge to talk to your TV and send you a notification that you've left the... Read more

Headphone:X from Qualcomm and DTS brings 7.1 surround sound to your phone
Headphone:X from Qualcomm and DTS brings 7.1 surround sound to your phone By Stuart Miles

Qualcomm and DTS have shown off a new audio technology that is likely to make the need to have impressive headphones a thing of the past.The new technology, which Pocket-lint has already been treated to in a demo, replicates a 7.1 sound system through... Read more

Your next 4G smartphone could work everywhere in the world, thanks to Qualcomm RF360 chip set
Your next 4G smartphone could work everywhere in the world, thanks to Qualcomm RF360 chip set By Rik Henderson

Qualcomm has a new chip set that could do away with localised 4G smartphone variants, allowing for manufacturers to build phones that will work on LTE bands across the globe. The Qualcomm RF360 is a "front-end solution" that will provide compatibility... Read more

Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quick Charge 2.0 offers 75 per cent faster charging, voice activation
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quick Charge 2.0 offers 75 per cent faster charging, voice activation By Jake Smith

Qualcomm has announced its Quick Charge 2.0 technology, with the promise that it will cut handset and tablet charging time by up to 75 per cent.A follow-up from the Quick Charge 1.0 technology rolled into 70 devices last year, the 2.0 version is baked... Read more

Qualcomm unveils Quick Charge 1.0, a tech that's probably in your phone already
Qualcomm unveils Quick Charge 1.0, a tech that's probably in your phone already By Rik Henderson

Qualcomm has today announced a new technology to help devices charge up to 40 per cent faster, Quick Charge 1.0. And you might well already be getting its benefits because it has been included with many Snapdragon-based smartphones and tablets for some... Read more

Qualcomm: We'll see 4K Ultra High Definition mobile devices this year
Qualcomm: We'll see 4K Ultra High Definition mobile devices this year By Rik Henderson

Many mobile phone and tablet manufacturers are still playing catch up on the Full HD front, but Qualcomm's CEO Paul Jacobs believes there will be several 4K Ultra High Definition devices launched before the end of the year.The company's new mobile processor,... Read more

Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 prototype tablet pictures and hands-on
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 prototype tablet pictures and hands-on By Rik Henderson

Qualcomm used the opening keynote of CES in Las Vegas to officially launch its next-generation mobile processing chip, the Snapdragon 800.It is super fast and powerful, being quad core and allowing up to 2.3GHz per core. And Pocket-lint has had the opportunity... Read more

Qualcomm: Snapdragon 800 processor capable of playing and recording 4K UHD video
Qualcomm: Snapdragon 800 processor capable of playing and recording 4K UHD video By Rik Henderson

Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs unveiled the quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor for mobile devices during his CES opening keynote speech. Normally, Steve Ballmer (or Bill Gates before him) kicks off the show, but Jacobs was asked to do the honours this year... Read more

Qualcomm: 5 billion smartphones will be sold by 2016
Qualcomm: 5 billion smartphones will be sold by 2016 By Rik Henderson

Qualcomm has revealed that it expects 5 billion smartphones to be sold between 2012 and 2016. The technology firm that builds chips found in many devices Android and otherwise, including the Nexus 4, told analysts of the forecast during its annual meeting... Read more

Qualcomm: With AllJoyn apps you'll be able to buy items you see on TV using your smartphone
Qualcomm: With AllJoyn apps you'll be able to buy items you see on TV using your smartphone By Danny Brogan

App developers are working with a technology that will enable consumers to buy the very same products they are seeing on their television instantly from their mobile phone or tablet.AllJoyn is a peer-to-peer (P2P) communication tool developed by Qualcomm... Read more

Qualcomm: 9 out of 10 smartphones will be connected to the cloud by 2013
Qualcomm: 9 out of 10 smartphones will be connected to the cloud by 2013 By Hunter Skipworth

Mobile phone chipset giant Qualcomm has said that 90 per cent of all smartphone users will use some form of personal cloud by 2013. Moreover, the company forecasts that the smartphone will surpass the PC as a cloud connected device by 2014, making it... Read more