Qualcomm Stories November 24

Just a few short days after launching the top-tier Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, Qualcomm has quietly unveiled the Snapdragon 782G mid-ranger chipset for Android devices.

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Qualcomm Stories November 16

Before today, Qualcomm focused on mixed reality chipsets (XR1 and XR2) that could be used for both augmented and virtual reality headsets. The company is now making its first purpose-built AR chip with the Snapdragon AR2 Gen 1.

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Qualcomm Stories November 15

Qualcomm today announced the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 as its new flagship Android chip with a big focus on AI performance.

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Qualcomm Stories November 10

Qualcomm ‘Snapdragon 8 Gen 2’ is set to launch next week

Following this week’s launch of Mediatek’s latest flagship chip for Android phones, Qualcomm is teasing the launch of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, which will apparently land on November 15.

Qualcomm Stories November 4

As the year moves towards its close, new details are coming out regarding the Galaxy S23 series, including a potential release date and apparent confirmation of which models will be using Snapdragon chips.

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Qualcomm Stories October 29

Arm and Qualcomm are currently involved in a dispute over the latter’s acquisition of a chip company called Nuvia and subsequent work on new desktop (and server) chips. This lawsuit has revealed that Arm is apparently changing its licensing terms and business model so that what makes the Pixel’s Google Tensor chip unique and Samsung’s work on AMD GPUs might not be possible going forward.

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Qualcomm Stories September 28

Today, in collaboration with Verizon and Qualcomm, Razer has unveiled a new Android-powered gaming handheld, the Razer Edge 5G.

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Qualcomm Stories September 6

Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 and 4 Gen 1 bring better efficiency and more power to mid-range phones

Qualcomm has just announced its latest mid-range chips, the Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 and Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 which bring more efficient designs and more premium features to affordable Android smartphones.

Qualcomm Stories August 29

Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 leaks, allegedly bringing 4nm process and 4K video to mid-range phones

Qualcomm revamped its naming scheme with this year’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, and slowly that new branding is expanding to other chips. Now, we’re getting a new look at Qualcomm’s next mid-range chip, the Snapdragon 6 Gen 1.

Qualcomm Stories July 28

Samsung and Qualcomm have just entered a multiyear partnership that will see the Galaxy smartphone maker strengthening its use of Snapdragon processors, backing up a rumor that claims the Galaxy S23 will use Snapdragon chips almost entirely.

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Qualcomm Stories July 19

Things are slowly gearing up for the next generation of major Android smartphones. This week, Qualcomm has officially confirmed that Snapdragon Summit 2022 will take place in November.

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Qualcomm’s next chip for smartwatches is the Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1, and it’s a meaningful advancement from what came before.

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Qualcomm Stories July 13

The next generation of Wear OS smartwatches will need a new chip to go alongside it, and it seems that Qualcomm is readying its next release. In a brief teaser, Qualcomm says the next Snapdragon chip for smartwatches is “coming soon.”

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Qualcomm Stories July 9

Samsung’s Galaxy flagships have long used two different chips depending on where you buy them, but it seems the Galaxy S23 series will be an outlier in that regard, using Snapdragon chips globally.

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Qualcomm Stories June 22

As a whole, updates in the Android world have gotten much better thanks to stronger efforts from smartphone makers in providing faster security updates. But, they aren’t all good apples. Qualcomm last year debuted its “Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders” which held a hefty $1,500 price tag, but was left forgotten for updates for months.

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Qualcomm Stories June 9

Rumor: Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 to adopt a unique chip layout built on a 4nm process

While we just got the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 a few short weeks ago, Qualcomm is, of course, hard at work on its next-generation chip. The presumed Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 will power next year’s flagships and, according to a new rumor, it’ll be using a layout that’s out of the ordinary.

Qualcomm Stories May 20

Qualcomm today did its usual mid-year update to this cycle’s mobile flagship chip with the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, and the 7 Gen 1 was also announced. The chipmaker additionally unveiled a new reference design with the Wireless AR Smart Viewer.

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Qualcomm Stories May 16

Qualcomm has confirmed, at least via its social media, that there will be a launch event this Friday, May 20, to launch a new Snapdragon chipset.

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Qualcomm Stories May 11

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus tipped to arrive with other Qualcomm chips later this month

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 has powered some of 2022’s best smartphones, but it seems an evolution on that chip is incoming. According to a new report, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus is finally getting a release date later this month.

Qualcomm Stories March 2

Qualcomm has long dominated the Android smartphone market, but it seems times are changing. It’s possible that MediaTek has taken the top slot in the US from Qualcomm, and the IDC says that Google Tensor is at least partially to blame for Qualcomm losing its seat.

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon series is usually the first thought when it comes to what powers an Android phone in the US, but it seems times are changing. According to a new report, MediaTek processors are now the most common chips found in Android phones sold in the US — Qualcomm disagrees.

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Qualcomm Stories February 22

Qualcomm’s current flagship chip for wearables pales in comparison to what Samsung offers, but that could soon change. A new report today revealed details about the Snapdragon Wear 5100 and 5100+ that Qualcomm previously telegraphed was coming.

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Qualcomm Stories February 18

Qualcomm rumored to be adding AV1 support with next flagship Snapdragon chip

Google is a big proponent of the open AV1 video codec, especially on the YouTube and streaming device front. On Android, Qualcomm is a notable holdout and has so far not supported AV1 on its Snapdragon chips, but that might be changing this year.

Qualcomm Stories December 1, 2021

Qualcomm’s latest Chromebook chip is the Snapdragon 7c+ Gen 3 with up to 60% CPU boost

After announcing its flagship mobile and gaming processor, Qualcomm today unveiled the Snapdragon 7c+ Gen 3 for “entry-tier” Chromebooks.

In addition to the latest smartphone and laptop SoCs, Qualcomm today announced the “Snapdragon G3x Gen 1” as a “purpose-built” Android gaming chip that will debut on a handheld developer kit built by Razer.

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Qualcomm Stories November 30, 2021

Qualcomm’s next chip for flagship smartphones in 2022 is the “Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.” It’s the first chip to use the company’s new branding and naming system.

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Qualcomm Stories November 22, 2021

Qualcomm is set to announce its next chip that will power the flagship devices of 2022 in two weeks. Ahead of that, Qualcomm announced a rebrand of “Snapdragon” that includes a new naming scheme and visual system.

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Qualcomm Stories November 17, 2021

Google’s Pixel 6 series brings some of the first flagship Android phones in years to ship with non-Qualcomm processors, and the same applies to the modem. The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro utilize a modem from Samsung, and a new analysis shows that there’s a considerable gap in performance as a result.

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Qualcomm Stories November 1, 2021

Qualcomm to cut greenhouse gas emissions over the next 20 years, aims for net zero by 2040

One of the world’s largest chip makers, Qualcomm, has just announced a goal to cut its greenhouse gas emissions drastically over the next several years, with a goal of hitting net zero by 2040.

Qualcomm Stories October 15, 2021

Google announced in August that its next smartphone, the Pixel 6, would switch to an in-house chip design called Tensor, ending a lineup that was powered exclusively by Qualcomm chips. Now, as the launch approaches, Qualcomm is throwing a bit of shade at Google Tensor on Twitter with arguably the worst meme format in recent memory.

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Qualcomm Stories October 13, 2021

Nothing partners with Qualcomm on future ‘tech ecosystem’ using Snapdragon chips

Fresh off the launch of the Nothing ear(1) Bluetooth earbuds, Carl Pei’s startup has now confirmed a strategic partnership with US chipmaker Qualcomm.

Qualcomm Stories September 1, 2021

The next generation of Wear OS demands more power than previous versions, which means new chips are also in order. Qualcomm is supposedly bringing the “Snapdragon 5100” to market in the not too distant future, but some new details hint that it might be a relatively minor upgrade.

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Qualcomm Stories August 25, 2021

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 successor tipped to include a major GPU upgrade

While Google may be focusing on its own designs for a flagship chipset this year, the rest of the Android world will almost surely still be turning to Qualcomm. This week, a new bit of information regarding the next Qualcomm 800-series chip, possibly the “Snapdragon 898,” is teasing a big GPU upgrade.

Qualcomm Stories August 3, 2021

Snapdragon Wear 5100 in the works, according to Qualcomm code

Qualcomm appears to be preparing a Snapdragon Wear 5100 chip to power the next generation of Wear OS watches.

Qualcomm Stories August 2, 2021

Qualcomm stock dips following Pixel 6 ‘Tensor’ reveal, teases future collaboration w/ Google

The Android smartphone market, especially in the US, has long been dominated by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips. As Google confirmed that its next flagship Pixel would use its own “Tensor” chipsets, Qualcomm was quick to confirm it wasn’t done working on Pixels.

Qualcomm Stories July 20, 2021

As Wear OS prepares its huge overhaul, it’s still unclear what the future holds for current Snapdragon Wear chips. Qualcomm, though, isn’t ending its efforts, and today announced that new Snapdragon Wear chips are coming over the next year or so.

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Qualcomm Stories July 8, 2021

Qualcomm announced a “Snapdragon Insiders” community program for chip enthusiasts back in March. In a rather surprising turn of events, Qualcomm is now releasing a device called the “Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders” in partnership with Asus.

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Qualcomm Stories June 28, 2021

Following the cadence of previous years, Qualcomm at MWC 2021 announced the Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G as a “follow-on” to the chip found in this year’s flagship smartphones.

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Qualcomm Stories June 17, 2021

Following its I/O 2021 announcement, there’s a lot of excitement around Google’s revamped Wear OS update set to be released in the fall, but there’s also a lot of uncertainty about what the future holds for products currently on the market. This week, though, Qualcomm is claiming that not only its newer Snapdragon 4100 chips, but also its Snapdragon Wear 3100 chip will be able to handle the new Wear OS.

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Qualcomm Stories June 4, 2021

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 replacement reportedly set to adopt 4nm process, other upgrades

We’re still at least a few months out from a new flagship chip from Qualcomm, but a recent leak is pointing to the company’s plans for a Snapdragon 888 replacement and a 4nm process being used to build it.

Qualcomm Stories May 24, 2021

Google and Qualcomm partner to bring faster neural network updates to Android users

The news slipped through the cracks last week with the madness that was I/O 2021, but Google had another notable announcement. Starting with future versions of Android, Google and Qualcomm will offer a faster way to roll out neural network updates to Android users on Snapdragon chips.

Qualcomm Stories May 20, 2021

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 778G is yet another option for 5G in mid-range devices

Qualcomm just announced another addition to its popular Snapdragon 700-series of chipsets. Starting this year, you’ll see phones powered by the Snapdragon 778G.

Qualcomm Stories May 12, 2021

Samsung Galaxy A52, A72 launches reportedly stifled by global chip shortage

The most popular Android smartphones in the world are reportedly facing an obstacle. Samsung’s Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A72 are, according to a new report, victims of the ongoing pandemic-spurred global chip shortage.

Qualcomm Stories May 10, 2021

Late last week, news broke of a Qualcomm modem vulnerability that carried some series implications for Android devices. Good news for Samsung users, though. Apparently, Samsung has been rolling out a fix for this Qualcomm security issue for a while now.

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Qualcomm Stories March 25, 2021

Qualcomm is the name of the game in the Android flagship market, but as top-end chips became more expensive, the 700 series became an alternative of choice for many. Today, Qualcomm has revealed the Snapdragon 780G, a sequel to the Snapdragon 765G that delivers a big performance gain.

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Qualcomm Stories March 23, 2021

Chipmakers do not have a strong track record of selling hardware directly to consumers. That’s not stopping Qualcomm with a report today describing plans to create an Android-powered Nintendo Switch.

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Qualcomm Stories March 12, 2021

Even a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, its effects are still being felt. Over the past few months, especially, a worldwide shortage of the chips that power connected devices has left various silicon components in limited supply. Now, it seems the chip shortage is affecting Qualcomm.

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Qualcomm Stories March 8, 2021

Details and specifications of the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 775 chipset have supposedly leaked with this upper mid-range chipset being a direct successor to the Snapdragon 765.

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