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Microsoft’s Project Volterra is an ARM-based mini PC for developers

Microsoft’s desktop Windows operating system used to be exclusively available for PCs with x86 processors. But that changed with Windows 10, and we’ve been seeing Windows computers with ARM-based processors since 2018. They’re not exactly common though, and at least part of the reason is that while ARM processors have gotten faster in recent years, […]

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Qualcomm introduces Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 and Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 chips for premium & mid-range devices

Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor is coming soon to smartphones and other mobile devices, with the company promising up to 10% faster performance than the original Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and up to 30% lower power consumption. You’ll likely have to wait until this fall to get your hands on a phone with the new […]

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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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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 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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Qualcomm launches Snapdragon 778G processor for “high tier” phones coming this quarter

Qualcomm’s newest smartphone processor is a 6nm chip designed for upper mid-range or “high tier” phones. Qualcomm says the new Snapdragon 778G processor brings up to a 40-percent boost in CPU and graphics performance over the previous-gen Snapdragon 768G processor. It also has new imaging and AI capabilities. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G processor is expected to arrive in […]

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Acer Chromebook Spin 513 with Snapdragon 7c launches for $349 and up

The first Chromebook with a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor is hitting the streets and early reviews of the new Acer Chromebook Spin 513 suggest it offers long battery life, a decent design, and a few premium features (by Chromebook standards) including a full HD display and backlit keyboard. What you shouldn’t expect? Stellar performance. Acer’s latest […]

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Acer Chromebook Spin 513 with Snapdragon 7c coming soon for around $420 and up

The first Chromebooks with Qualcomm Snapdragon processors are coming soon. Last fall Acer introduced the Acer Chromebook Spin 513 with a 13.3 inch full HD display, a convertible tablet-style design and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c processor and promised it’d be available for purchase in the first quarter of 2021. That didn’t happen. But it looks […]

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G brings more flagship features to mid-range devices

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G processor is coming in the second half of 2021, and like last year’s Snapdragon 765G, it will bring some flagship-class features to mid-range smartphones. Among other things, the Snapdragon 780G has the same image signal processor, AI engine, and wireless capabilities as the Snapdragon 888 processor. Qualcomm says the Snapdragon 780G […]

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Lilbits Leaks: Walmart’s Android TV stick, Qualcomm’s next-mid-range laptop CPU, Samsung’s Galaxy A phones

Walmart’s working on a media streamer powered by Google’s Android TV software. The company hasn’t actually announced the new product yet, but an FCC listing spilled the beans. Meanwhile Evan Blass has spilled the beans on Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy A72 smartphone, Windows Future has spilled a few beans about Qualcomm’s next-gen Snapdragon processor for mid-range […]