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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

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

Formula E free public tests slated for July at UK's Donington Park

Formula E free public tests slated for July at UK's Donington Park

By Elyse Betters

Donington Park has announced that you'll be able to watch racing tests of the Spark-Renault SRT_01E Formula E car this summer at it's newly-completed headquarters.Formula E, the electric version of Formula One, is an auto racing-class sanctioned by the... Read more

Qualcomm confirms Snapdragon chips coming for Android Wear

Qualcomm confirms Snapdragon chips coming for Android Wear

By Jake Smith

Qualcomm will be expanding its Qualcomm Snapdragon processor lineup past smartphones and tablets, and offer it for Android Wear wearables, the company confirmed to Pocket-lint on Tuesday."Qualcomm Technologies is working with Google and our customers... 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 Toq review
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Qualcomm Toq review

By Elyse Betters

Qualcomm has a smartwatch, and it’s called Toq. As in tick tock. It’s a nifty little wearable that serves as a companion device to an Android smartphone, and if you're based in the US you can purchase it right now should you so desire.But there is... 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 Snapdragon 602A to power in-car Android experience

Qualcomm Snapdragon 602A to power in-car Android experience

By Luke Edwards

As Android comes to a host of cars, Qualcomm has announced its Snapdragon 602A chip made specifically for in-car entertainment. It packs plenty of power but still meets the car industry requirements for temperature, longevity and more.The chip keeps... Read more

Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 802 processor for Smart TVs, designed for 4K streaming

Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 802 processor for Smart TVs, designed for 4K streaming

By Rik Henderson

Qualcomm has announced an addition to its Snadragon 800 series of processors, one designed specifically to power Smart TV experiences at Ultra HD 4K resolution.The Snadragon 802 processor features a quad-core Krait 1.8GHz CPU and Adreno 330 GPU. As well... 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