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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

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