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Qualcomm and Razer built a handheld game console dev kit

Smartphones are already some of the most widely used gaming devices on the planet, but Qualcomm has set its sight on dedicated handheld gaming devices. So the company is introducing a Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 chip designed specifically for handheld gaming devices. And the company has partnered with gaming hardware maker Razer to produce a hardware […]

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Qualcomm launches 3rd-gen Snapdragon 8cx and Snapdragon 7c+ chips for laptops & tablets

Qualcomm has been making chips for Windows laptops and PCs for a few years, but up until now they’ve only been used in a handful of devices and they’ve been relatively uncompetitive with the latest Intel and AMD processors in terms of price and performance. That could be set to change next year, because Qualcomm […]

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is coming to flagship phones in 2022 (4nm chip with ARMv9 architecture)

Qualcomm’s first flagship-class processor following the company’s new naming scheme is also the company’s first ARMv9 chip manufactured on a 4nm process. The company says the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip will deliver up to 20% faster CPU performance and a 30% improvement in efficiency compared to the Snapdragon 888, while its new GPU will deliver […]

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Lilbits: Google’s Pixel 6a could be a cheaper phone with a Tensor processor

With a $599 starting price, the Google Pixel 6 isn’t exactly a high-end smartphone by today’s standards. But soon there may be a cheaper option. Google’s next mid-range smartphone is expected to the Pixel 6a, and a few days ago we got our first look at it courtesy of some leaked renderings. Now the folks […]

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Qualcomm Snapdragon chips will have simplified, single-digit names moving forward

Qualcomm’s mobile processor names have gotten a bit messy in recent years. Sure, Snapdragon 800 series chips are for flagships and Snapdragon 200 and 400 series chips are aimed at budget devices. But you’d need a reference manual to know that a Snapdragon 480+ 5G is newer than a Snapdragon 888 and to figure out […]

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Qualcomm’s answer to Apple Silicon is coming in 2023 (high-performance chips for Windows PCs)

Qualcomm processors power many of the world’s fastest smartphones. But the company has a relative newcomer to the PC space. And most of the PCs with Qualcomm chips released to date are significantly slower than similarly-priced models with Intel or AMD chips.

But Qualcomm says that could change with its next-gen chips, which the company says are expected to arrive in consumer devices in 2023.

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Snapdragon Dev Kit for Windows developers now available for $219 (mini PC with Snapdragon 7c)

The Snapdragon Developer Kit is a small, inexpensive desktop computer designed to let Windows software developers test their apps on hardware powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors. First announced in May, the Snapdragon Developer Kit was designed by Qualcomm and Microsoft and manufactured by ECS, and it’s now available for purchase for $219. The kit, also […]

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Qualcomm launches four new chips for mid-range smartphones

Qualcomm is adding four new chips to its mid-range smartphone lineup with new members of the Snapdragon 400, 600, and 700 families. Three of the processors feature built-in support for 5G networks, while fourth tops out at 4G speeds, which Qualcomm notes is in “continued demand” while the global 5G rollout is still ongoing. The […]

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Lilbits: New Surface hardware, and more on what Windows 11 will and won’t run on

Microsoft is has announced it’ll hold an event on September 22 to show off “what’s next” from the company, and it’s widely expected to be a hardware event. Maybe that means the Surface Duo 2 will become official. Maybe it’s time for the company to update its Surface Book 2-in-1 laptop. An updated Surface tablet […]

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HP Chromebook x2 11 is a 2-in-1 tablet with Snapdragon 7c and optional 4G LTE

The HP Chromebook x2 11 is a 2-in-1 tablet with an 11 inch, 2160 x 1440 pixel display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c processor, and optional support for 4G LTE. It’s also designed to work with optional accessories including a detachable keyboard and a USI stylus for pressure-sensitive input. First announced earlier this month, the HP […]

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Qualcomm’s Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders is up for pre-order (for $1499)

This month Qualcomm announced it had partnered with Asus to launch a Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders featuring the latest state-of-the-art Qualcomm technologies. The phone will begin shipping at the end of August, and now you can pre-order one from the Asus web store… if you’ve got $1499 burning a hole in your pocket. That makes this […]

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Qualcomm’s first self-branded smartphone is an enthusiast-class flagship (that’s made by Asus)

The company that makes the processors that power many of the world’s smartphones is now launching its own phone. The new Qualcomm Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders is designed and manufactured by Asus, but it’s designed to show off the best of Qualcomm’s technologies and the phone is marketed at members of the company’s Snapdragon Insiders community. […]