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Qualcomm’s 5G modem will debut on ‘at least’ two flagships in 2019

Qualcomm’s latest 5G modem is 25% smaller and is ready to make its way into phones next year.

Qualcomm debuted its QTM052 mmWave antenna module earlier this year, and at the 4G/5G summit in Hong Kong, the chip vendor launched a new version that’s 25% smaller. The new design allows device manufacturers to implement it into their products without sacrificing the aesthetic, and Qualcomm has also announced that it secured new partners for its 5G modem.

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 675 brings lag-free gaming to mid-range phones

Qualcomm’s latest mid-range platform is aimed squarely at gamers.

Qualcomm has unveiled the Snapdragon 670 and Snapdragon 710 in recent months, and the vendor is now launching the Snapdragon 675. The latest mid-range chipset shares a lot of the same hardware as the Snapdragon 670, but Qualcomm says it optimized the platform to facilitate smoother game play, prioritized connectivity, improved AI capabilities, better throughput and latency, all the while eliminating stutter by up to 90%.

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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…]

Qualcomm’s AptX Adaptive codec aims to make Bluetooth headphones not suck

The algorithm can adapt to your environment and kind of audio you’re listening to.

Qualcomm’s been on a mission to make Bluetooth headphones not so terrible with its AptX audio codec, and at IFA 2018, the company announced the next generation of this — AptX Adaptive.

As convenient as wireless headphones are, the Bluetooth connection they rely on isn’t always the best. Sometimes your audio will cut out, certain environments cause for a lot of interference, and  [Read More…]

Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 632, 439 and 429 are coming to mid-range phones this year

These are the new chips you’ll see in mid-range phones for the next two years.

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800-series platforms get most of the headlines, but it’s the mid-range 600 and 400-series that power more devices and are critical to the performance of less expensive phones. With that in mind, Qualcomm has announced the new Snapdragon 632, 439 and 429 — upgrades from the current 626, 430 and 425, respectively.

Further pushing the envelope in the mid-range, the  [Read More…]

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 710 brings flagship performance to mid-range phones

710 reasons to get excited.

Back in February, Qualcomm said it was going odd with the unveiling of a new 700 series of Snapdragon platforms, designed to bridge the gap between flagship-level performance (and pricing) of the 800 series, and the bifurcated mid-range expectations of the 600 series.

The Snapdragon 710 is the first chip in that new series, and it’s a doozy. It uses the same 10nm manufacturing process as the Snapdragon 845 while borrowing a  [Read More…]

Qualcomm’s simulated 5G tests show a 20x increase in download speeds over 4G

Qualcomm’s simulation tests in Frankfurt and San Francisco highlight 5G’s real-world potential.

Qualcomm is touting up its advances in the field of 5G, announcing last week that its upcoming 5G-enabled chipset will be built on Samsung’s 7nm node. At Mobile World Congress, Qualcomm is demonstrating the real-world potential of 5G by sharing findings of extensive network simulations it has conducted over the past several months.

Qualcomm conducted two simulations, one in Frankfurt and the other in  [Read More…]

Qualcomm’s upcoming 5G-enabled Snapdragon chipsets will be built on Samsung’s 7nm node

Qualcomm is ready to make the switch to 7nm with Samsung’s help.

Qualcomm detailed its 5G plans late last year with the introduction of the X50, its first 5G-enabled modem for smartphones. The company has now announced that it is partnering with Samsung over its next-generation Snapdragon chipsets with 5G capabilities. The upcoming chipsets will be built on Samsung’s 7nm node, a huge leap forward that sees the introduction of extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography.

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Qualcomm’s high-res Bluetooth audio codec aptX HD is now on over 60 devices

Qualcomm announced that more than 60 devices use its aptX HD codec, bringing more detailed music over a wireless connection.

As more and more manufacturers turn towards ditching the headphone jack, more and more users are turning to Bluetooth headphones and speakers to get their jam on. This used to mean compressed, horrible sounding music, but no so: with features like aptX, your songs sound much better than they used to with older headphones.

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Qualcomm’s Bluetooth SoC aims to make truly wireless headphones a whole lot better

Qualcomm’s new Bluetooth SoC will bring Bluetooth 5.0, Active Noise Cancellation, and aptX HD to future truly wireless earbuds.

While Qualcomm is mostly known for its smartphone chips, it also makes components for PCs and headphones. The latter category is our focus today, as Qualcomm has announced its new QCC5100 Bluetooth SoC.

This component will go into truly wireless Bluetooth headphones, and will bring features that only larger headphones have had until this point. Most importantly, the new chip  [Read More…]