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Qualcomm introduces Snapdragon 850 processor for Always Connected Windows PCs
Qualcomm introduces Snapdragon 850 processor for Always Connected Windows PCs By Max Langridge

Qualcomm has announced a new Snapdragon 850 processor at Computex that will only be used in Windows 10 Always Connected PCs. The Snapdragon 835 was the first to offer Always Connected capabilities for Windows computers, and the SD850 is essentially a... Read more

Qualcomm XR1 is a dedicated chip for low-cost AR/VR
Qualcomm XR1 is a dedicated chip for low-cost AR/VR By Max Langridge

Qualcomm has announced a brand new processor dedicated to being used in AR & VR headsets. Called the XR1, the chip has been designed to make it easier and cheaper for companies to build dedicated AR or VR headsets.  Qualcomm Snapdragon 845: Everything... 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 platforms 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 Broadcast Audio brings multi-room audio to Bluetooth devices
Qualcomm Broadcast Audio brings multi-room audio to Bluetooth devices By Max Langridge

Qualcomm has revealed details about a new feature called Broadcast Audio that comes as part of the new Snapdragon 845 mobile processor. Broadcast Audio allows one Bluetooth source device, such as a smartphone, to transmit audio to multiple Bluetooth speakers... Read more

Is this the future of VR?
Is this the future of VR? By Dan Grabham

Qualcomm has revealed a demonstration VR headset that harnesses its latest Snapdragon 845 chip. The Snapdragon 845 was first talked about in December - check out our in-depth Snapdragon 845 guide - and this reference design headset is all about performance. It... 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

Qualcomm Home Hub: Enabling Google Assistant and Cortana smart home hubs for a connected future
Qualcomm Home Hub: Enabling Google Assistant and Cortana smart home hubs for a connected future By Mike Lowe

In among the swathe of new products at CES 2018 - the world's largest consumer technology show - it's the new Lenovo Smart Display Google Assistant product that's stood out from the crowd, given its clear position to take on the Amazon Echo Show in the... Read more

Qualcomm bets big on automotive, lands Jaguar Land Rover, Honda and BYD partnerships
Qualcomm bets big on automotive, lands Jaguar Land Rover, Honda and BYD partnerships By Mike Lowe

Throughout 2017 there was one big expected acquisition bubbling away in the background of the tech world: Qualcomm's $39b acquisition of NXP Semiconductors, known for its automotive, security and IoT chips. An acquisition that, to date, hasn't happened,... Read more

What is aptX HD and which devices support it?
What is aptX HD and which devices support it? By Max Langridge

With Apple removing the longstanding 3.5mm headphone jack from the iPhone 7 onwards and Google following suit with the Pixel 2 smartphones, using a regular pair of headphones will soon get harder than ever. Best Bluetooth headphones 2017/2018: 10 of the... 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

Watch out Apple! Qualcomm-powered Windows 10 laptops are aiming at the MacBook
Watch out Apple! Qualcomm-powered Windows 10 laptops are aiming at the MacBook By Rik Henderson

Qualcomm has announced that it is entering the laptop market, with manufacturing partners soon to release superthin, fanless MacBook competitors powered by the Snapdragon 835 mobile chipset.This allows them to take on Apple's hugely successful, light... 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

Alexa could come to a whole host of Bluetooth devices, thanks to Qualcomm
Alexa could come to a whole host of Bluetooth devices, thanks to Qualcomm By Chris Hall

Qualcomm has confirmed that it's taking steps to enable the Alexa wake word on Bluetooth devices, thanks to software support in some of the latest Qualcomm Bluetooth Audio chips. For those wanting the technical details, it's the CSR8670 and CSR8675 chipsets... Read more

Qualcomm doubles-down on VR with Snapdragon 835 dev kit and accelerator program
Qualcomm doubles-down on VR with Snapdragon 835 dev kit and accelerator program By Chris Hall

Qualcomm is serious about positioning the Snapdragon 835 as a platform for VR, providing the power needed to have an immersive virtual environment without the need to be tethered to a computer like HTC Vive or Oculus Rift. With Snapdragon 835 due to... Read more

Qualcomm and Leap Motion partner to bring natural interaction to mobile VR devices
Qualcomm and Leap Motion partner to bring natural interaction to mobile VR devices By Chris Hall

Qualcomm and Leap Motion have announced that they are partnering, bringing the advantage of bare hands interaction to VR worlds. There's a lot happening in VR at the moment and on the cusp of Mobile World Congress and the Game Developers Conference,... Read more

Qualcomm Snapdragon makes your Android Things devices more powerful, better connected
Qualcomm Snapdragon makes your Android Things devices more powerful, better connected By Chris Hall

Qualcomm has announced that it will be supporting Android Things with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 chipset, aiming to bring more power and connectivity to the next wave of smart devices.Android Things is an evolution of Android that's designed for connected... 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

Windows 10 desktop apps are coming to mobile thanks to collaboration with Qualcomm
Windows 10 desktop apps are coming to mobile thanks to collaboration with Qualcomm By Max Langridge

Microsoft and Qualcomm have announced a new partnership that will mean device manufacturers can build Windows Mobile devices capable of running full Windows 10 desktop apps. 10 features you'll love in Windows 10 Microsoft Windows 10 Creators Update: What's... 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

Next-gen Qualcomm Snapdragon could power your top-spec VR headset
Next-gen Qualcomm Snapdragon could power your top-spec VR headset By Chris Hall

The mobile world might be talking about the newly-launched Snapdragon 820, powering the latest devices like the LG G5 and some variants of the Samsung Galaxy S7, but today Qualcomm made the promise of real desktop-rivalling power in its next-gen Snapdragon... Read more

Qualcomm's Snapdragon Wear chipset signs up its first smartwatch manufacturers
Qualcomm's Snapdragon Wear chipset signs up its first smartwatch manufacturers By Chris Hall

Qualcomm recently announced the launch of the Snapdragon Wear 2100, a new chipset that's designed specifically for wearable devices. The company, on the eve of Mobile World Congress 2016, has revealed that the first manufacturers have signed up to use... Read more

Snapdragon Wear will give your next smartwatch better battery life and more
Snapdragon Wear will give your next smartwatch better battery life and more By Rik Henderson

Qualcomm has announced a wearables platform and new system on chip that could potentially solve a couple of the most common complaints for smartwatches.Many Android Wear smartwatches already use the company's Snapdragon 400 chipset, but the newly unveiled... Read more

Qualcomm urges car makers to take modular approach
Qualcomm urges car makers to take modular approach By Stuart Miles

Qualcomm, the company whose processors power many of the current flagship mobile phones today, has told Pocket-lint that it expects car makers to take a modular approach to bringing the latest tech to their cars in the future.Announcing a number of partnerships... Read more

Qualcomm powered Ying drone comes with autonomous navigation
Qualcomm powered Ying drone comes with autonomous navigation By Elyse Betters

Qualcomm, the company that makes the Snapdragon processors powering most of today’s high-end smartphones, has confirmed it is now powering drones too with its first commercially powered model available later this year.The new chip, dubbed Snapdragon... 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

How will Qualcomm technologies improve Daimler, Mercedes and other connected cars in the future?
How will Qualcomm technologies improve Daimler, Mercedes and other connected cars in the future? By Rik Henderson

As a partner of the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One team, Qualcomm works closely with them to help ensure their cars are amongst the most connected in the sport. The team has dominated F1 this year and communication technologies are key to that success.However,... Read more

Qualcomm wants to mirror Snapdragon success in your home, car, and the city you live
Qualcomm wants to mirror Snapdragon success in your home, car, and the city you live By Elyse Betters

The Internet of Things is a complex concept to grasp.Firstly, it's called several things, including the acronym IoT and even the Internet of Everything (or IoE). It is also confusing because it's far-reaching and involves a mesh of technologies. But one... 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 creates Snapdragon Cargo tank-like drone that can carry, see in 3D and drive
Qualcomm creates Snapdragon Cargo tank-like drone that can carry, see in 3D and drive By Luke Edwards

Is the Qualcomm Snapdragon Cargo the future of drones? It looks like something NASA would send on a mission to another planet.The Snapdragon Cargo is more versatile than any drone we've seen so far. It is shaped like the outside of a tank with tracks... Read more

A bright idea? Qualcomm creates smart chip for light bulbs to take on Philips Hue
A bright idea? Qualcomm creates smart chip for light bulbs to take on Philips Hue By Stuart Miles

Qualcomm has created an all-in-one chip module for the humble light bulb that means any company will be able to step into the Internet of Things arena by making and selling a connected lightbulb.The module was unveiled at CES 2015 in Las Vegas and it... 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's Vuforia AR gives 3D-life to Kazooloo games, Popar puzzles, and Colar books
Qualcomm's Vuforia AR gives 3D-life to Kazooloo games, Popar puzzles, and Colar books By Elyse Betters

Qualcomm has shown off three stand-out apps to Pocket-lint. These apps are unique because they use a new augmented-reality technology called Vuforia.Vuforia has actually been around for a couple of years. In fact, there are more than 95,000 registered... Read more