Tag Archive: Processor


Hey Google — how about making a phone with a MediaTek processor?

Someone has to break the West’s dependence on Qualcomm for the “flagship” Android phone market and it might as well be Google.

The tech world on the Android side is dangerously close to free-fall mode. Many companies are losing money, others are close but still breaking even, and it’s only predicted to get even worse. But during the last quarter, there was one company that seemingly fiddled while it watched the industry burn even though it was  [Read More…]

The OnePlus 8 should’ve had a Snapdragon 765 processor, and a lower price

A history of high specs, and unrealistic expectations, forced OnePlus to a higher-end chip — and higher price.

There isn’t a single discussion about the new OnePlus 8 that doesn’t include mention of its price. OnePlus has historically hung its hat on offering fantastic value for money, undercutting the competition’s prices by a wide margin yet delivering a flagship-like experience. In 2020, that margin is getting a whole lot smaller.

The OnePlus 8 now starts at $  [Read More…]

HTC’s new Wildfire R70 ships with Android 9 and a micro-USB processor

HTC just launched a micro-USB phone in 2020, and that’s not a smart decision.

What you need to know HTC’s first phone in 2020 is the decidedly 2017 Wildfire R70. The phone’s key selling points are its large waterdrop notch display and a triple camera set-up. Ultimately, its uncompetitive specs and outdated micro-USB connector make this phone a headscratcher.

HTC has a new phone in 2020 built for an audience that really wishes it was 2017. At  [Read More…]

What’s MediaTek? The processor running your Amazon Echo, and much more

You’re probably using MediaTek devices every day … you just don’t know it.

The average technology enthusiast who actually cares about what processors are in different devices may know the name MediaTek. The Taiwanese company has been making processors and myriad other components for a couple of decades, and is best-known in Android circles for the company’s processors that mostly power mid-to-low-end Android phones and tablets. But what you probably don’t know, and I didn’t realize until  [Read More…]

Kirin 990 5G: Huawei launches Mate 30 series processor

New processor boasts gains in AI and 5G performance.

What you need to know Huawei has announced the processor that will power its next flagship Mate 30 series of phones. It boasts 10.3bn transistors, 2.3Gbps download speeds and a 16-core GPU, among other upgrades. We’ll see it first in the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro, launching September 19.

As is traditional before the launch of a new Mate phone, Huawei has today unveiled the chipset that’ll  [Read More…]

The Galaxy Note 10 is now rumored to have an Exynos processor in the U.S.

The last Samsung phone to use an Exynos chip in the U.S. was the Note 5.

What you need to know Tipster Evan Blass says that the U.S. version of the Note 10 will have the Exynos 9825 processor. Samsung hasn’t used Exynos chips in the U.S. since 2015. However, the Verizon Note 10 is said to ship with the Snapdragon 855.

We’re just a matter of days away from Samsung unveiling the Galaxy Note 10 and  [Read More…]

Qualcomm reportedly working on a new 64-bit smartwatch processor

Possible names include the “Wear 429” and “Wear 2700.”

What you need to know Qualcomm’s reportedly developing a new smartwatch chipset. It’s based on a 64-bit architecture and will come with 1GB of RAM. Possible names include Wear 429 and Wear 2700.

Last year, Qualcomm promised a revitalization of Wear OS smartwatches with the release of its Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor. The chip was supposed to breathe new life into the wearable market, but instead, it ended  [Read More…]

Sonos One Gen 2 quietly released with Bluetooth Low Energy, new processor

The design, sound, and price are the exact same.

The Sonos One is one of the best smart speakers on the market, and looking to make a good thing even better, Sonos is launching a slightly upgraded version in the form of the Sonos One Gen 2.

If you already own a current Sonos One, you shouldn’t have to worry about upgrading. The design and speaker quality of the Gen 2 are exactly the same as the  [Read More…]

Qualcomm’s 2020 processor will have a 5G modem built-in

Everything you need to know about the next big thing when it comes to mobile broadband.

5G is coming, but most of us aren’t really sure what it is or why we want it. A big part of the reason is that 5G means more than one thing, and depending on who you ask you’ll get different answers. That makes it a lot like 4G, which was equal part marketing term as well as real technology.

Technically  [Read More…]

Samsung unveils its first Exynos processor designed for cars

The Exynos Auto V9 will power Audi’s next-gen infotainment system.

Just a few days before CES 2019 begins, Samsung’s already made a pretty big announcement ahead of the convention — officially unveiling its Exynos Auto V9 processor.

As the name of the new chip suggests, this is designed for automobiles and the first Exynos processor of its kind. As of right now, it’s scheduled to first be used to power Audi’s “next-generation in-vehicle infotainment system” that’s expected  [Read More…]