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The $279 Acer Chromebook 315 uses a pretty decent AMD chip

Acer’s new 15.6-inch Chromebook will be the first to use the AMD A-series of Chromebook APUs.

Acer has a new Chromebook to show at CES, and this addition to the company’s 15-inch line has something all-new under the hood — an AMD APU.

The new Chromebook 315 will be the first Chromebook to use AMD’s newest A-series of mobile chips, which are designed to use less power while still delivering the performance you expect to see from  [Read More…]

MediaTek’s new mid-range Helio P90 chip puts a focus on AI

Low-cost chipmaker, MediaTek today unveiled the Helio P90 platform, which according to the company can rival most premium chips out there.

Mind you, this is not a 5G-capable chip, but still, one that brings plenty to the table, as we will see in what follows.

MediaTek new processor is an octa-core affair that comes equipped with two Cortex-A75 cores running at 2.2GHz for tasks requiring power and six Cortex-A55 efficient cores running at 2GHz. MediaTek relies on its new CorePilot  [Read More…]

MediaTek targets 2019’s affordable flagships with AI-equipped P90 chip

New hardware from resurgent chipmaker promises premium AI features in phones that don’t cost the Earth.

The mid-to-high-end space is the most interesting part of the smartphone industry right now. Phones like the OnePlus 6T and Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro are fiercely competitive in a way we rarely see at the very high end. And now Taiwanese chipmaker MediaTek is looking to bring unique new AI capabilities to this level of handset in 2019, with the launch of the  [Read More…]

Qualcomm’s Wear 3100 chip for Wear OS is all about extending battery life

Battery life should be 2 – 14 hours longer compared to Wear 2100.

At a press event in San Francisco today, Qualcomm announced its next-generation wearable platform as the Snapdragon Wear 3100. This is the processor that’ll be found in all new Wear OS smartwatches going forward, and based on everything we just learned, it sounds like we’re in for a real treat.

With the Wear 3100 platform, Qualcomm’s doubling down on battery life. It uses quad-core  [Read More…]

New partnership lets you use Samsung Pay’s MST chip with Chase Pay

You can now earn double the rewards with each purchase.

Samsung Pay is one of the best mobile payment solutions to-date, with its two most standout features being Samsung Rewards and its combo of NFC and MST technology that allows you to use it at virtually any sore. On July 27, Samsung announced a new partnership with Chase that brings these goodies over to Chase Pay.

Starting today, you can jump into the Samsung Pay app and  [Read More…]

Amazon said to be making its own AI chip for faster Alexa performance

A dedicated chip would allow Alexa to perform speech recognition without contacting the almighty cloud.

Amazon Alexa is undoubtedly one of the leaders in the virtual assistant space, and while I’ve never found it to be slow on devices like the Echo, a new report suggests that it may get even faster thanks to a new AI chipset.

According to The Information, Amazon is in the process of building a dedicated hardware chip to be used with  [Read More…]

Future Samsung phones will have a working FM radio chip

Coming to residents in the U.S. and Canada via NextRadio.

Between downloading local files and the vast array of streaming services, your options for listening to music while on the go are more abundant than ever before. Now, thanks to a new partnership with NextRadio, future Samsung phones will ship with a working FM chip so you can access and listen to local radio stations.

Most phones have the tech to support FM signals, but they’re unfortunately  [Read More…]

Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 450 chip aims for speed and battery life on a budget

Qualcomm is bolstering its value line of systems-on-a-chip with the new Snapdragon 450.

As it has already twice this year, Qualcomm is introducing another so-called platform, a catch-all for its Snapdragon chips that power so many smartphones and tablets today.

This one, the Snapdragon 450, is aimed at budget phones, and aims to introduce a number of efficiency upgrades to help low-cost devices last all day like their mid-range and high-end rivals.

The platform is now built  [Read More…]

Google hires former Apple chip architect to lead design on custom processors

The pieces are falling into place for Google to produce its own silicon for future Pixel devices.

Google has made a big move towards developing its own system-on-a-chip (SoC) for its own Pixel devices with the hiring of Manu Gulati, who has been helping develop chips for Apple since 2009. As first reported by Variety, Gulati has just recently updated his LinkedIn page with his new title — Lead SoC Architect at Google.

Google has reportedly been  [Read More…]

Huawei Mate 9 could pack dual 20MP cameras, Kirin 960 chip

New big-screened Huawei phone looks to build on the P9’s camera capabilities.

For the past couple of generations, Huawei’s Mate series has been about packing the company’s latest internals and camera tech into a big-screened handset — with suitably epic battery capacity to boot. And now we’re getting our first look at how the next Mate might look. The shot below was posted on Chinese social network Weibo (via MyDrivers) and appears to reveal a few key data points  [Read More…]