Lilbits: Qualcomm doesn’t want NVIDIA buying ARM, and Xiaomi’s next flagship could have 120X zoom and a second screen in the camera bump

After launching in China late last year, the Xiaomi Mi 11 launched globally this week. But while the phone’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, 108MP camera, and 120 Hz display might seem like premium features, a new Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra has leaked, and it’s got some even more premium characteristics. among other things, there’s a camera […]

Qualcomm expands its Snapdragon 800 series with Snapdragon 870, which falls between the SD865+ and SD888)

Many of this year’s Android flagship phones will ship with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor that was announced in December. But it looks like some near flagships may ship with a different chip. Qualcomm has introduced the Snapdragon 870 processor. It’s basically a slightly faster version of last year’s Snapdragon 865+ and Snapdragon 865. While it lacks […]

Lilbits: Color E Ink, Huawei’s new laptops, more trouble for Huawei, and Linux phones

The upcoming Astro Slide 5G from Planet Computers is a smartphone with a 6.5 inch touchscreen display and a slide-out keyboard that lets you use it like a little laptop. First announced last year, the phone has been available for pre-order through crowdfunding and we learned last week that it’s now expected to ship in June. […]

Lilbits: More new Intel chips, PC shipments are up, and Qualcomm’s new in-screen fingerprint reader is bigger

In addition to launching new 35-watt Tiger Lake processors for gaming laptops and new 6-10 watt chips for low-cost, low-power notebooks for the education market, Intel had some other big announcements today. The company launched a new line of 11th-gen Tiger Lake chips with vPro technology for business-class security, management, and performance features. Intel also […]

Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 will bring 5G to budget phones

Qualcomm’s expanding its line of 5G-enabled smartphone chips with its first Snapdragon 400 series processor equipped with a 5G modem. The Qaulcomm Snapdragon 480 processor is an 8nm octa-core processor designed for entry-level and mid-range phones, and it features a Qualcomm Snapdragon X51 5G modem with support for peak download speeds up to 2.5 Gbps and peak […]

Xiaomi Mi 11 is the first Snapdragon 888 smartphone, available in China for $610

As expected, Chinese phone maker Xiaomi is the first company to launch a smartphone powered by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 888 processor. The Xiaomi Mi 11 is up for pre-order in China with prices starting at 3,999 RMB, or about $610 US. Aside from having Qualcomm’s fastest smartphone chip to date, the phone also has a […]

Next year’s Android phones will be almost as fast as last year’s iPhones

Smartphones featuring Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 888 processor are expected to begin shipping in early 2021 and when the chip maker unveiled its next-gen flagship earlier this month, Qualcomm promised up to a 25 percent boost in CPU performance, a 35 percent improvement in graphics, and even bigger gains in some AI tasks. Now the company […]

Android phones with Qualcomm chips could get up to 4 years of updates moving forward

Buy an Android phone from Google, Samsung, HMD (Nokia), or a handful of other companies and you should get OS and security updates for at least three years. But soon we may start to see phone makers promise four years of updates… and if we’re lucky, more device makers will hop on the update bandwagon […]