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T-Mobile pulls off a 5G record with its LG Velvet, the Snapdragon-less mystery

Here's why T-Mobile went with LG Velvet that does 5G differently.

Oct 06, 2020, 8:41 AM,  by Daniel Petrov,  4 comments
Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 will be unveiled in December

Qualcomm is going to hold a two-day digital event at the start of the next month.

Oct 05, 2020, 7:06 PM,  by Anam Hamid,  3 comments
featured Tipster says that Samsung will soon introduce the chips that will power the Galaxy S21 line

The 5nm Exynos chipset designed and manufactured by Samsung will be unveiled very shortly according to a Twitter tipster. He adds that the chip will outperform the Exynos 990 and close the gap with Qualcomm.

Oct 04, 2020, 6:37 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  6 comments
China's largest chip producer restricted from access to its U.S. supply chain

U.S. suppliers to China's largest foundry, SMIC, face new restrictions on the materials that they are allowed to ship to the company according to a new report. The U.S. fears that SMIC-produced chips could end up on military weapons.

Oct 04, 2020, 1:52 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  3 comments
5G Apple iPhone 12 line will get a strong power boost test reveals

A benchmark test reveals that the Apple A14 Bionic chipset, which will power the 5G iPhone 12 series and the fourth-generation iPad Air, will provide a boost in power.

Oct 03, 2020, 1:08 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  13 comments
Huawei welcomes a thorough examination of its 5G technology to prove it's not a security threat

Huawei opened its new cyber-security center in Italy and says that it will welcome the examination of its technology to show that its technology is not a threat to the security of countries that use its 5G networking gear.

Sep 30, 2020, 11:22 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  7 comments
Google Pixel 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S20 FE

As battles between $700 phones go, there is none other worth its salt than the ascending Google Pixel 5 and Samsung Galaxy S20 FE phones rivalry. Samsung managed to pull off a rather incredible value for money proposition this time around, while Google found a way to finally lower the price of its Pixel phones to a level that will undoubtedly be more popular with users.

Sep 30, 2020, 2:08 PM,  by Daniel Petrov,  9 comments
Google Pixel 5 vs OnePlus 8

With a price tag reminiscent of its Nexus line of yesteryear, Google's 2020 Pixel 5 still meets plenty of fish in the Android sea at that sub-flagship pricing, and some of them, like the OnePlus 8, are real sharks.

Sep 29, 2020, 8:47 AM,  by Daniel Petrov,  5 comments

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U.S. export rule change puts TSMC and Huawei in a bind over shipments of cutting-edge 5nm silicon

Huawei ordered 15 million 5nm Kirin chipsets from TSMC but received less than 8.8 million of those chips as the U.S. rule change prevents foundries using U.S. technologies from shipping them to the Chinese manufacturer.

Sep 28, 2020, 9:44 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  3 comments
U.S. sanctions another Chinese tech firm and threatens to put it on the Entity List

The White House and the U.S. government continue their assault on Chinese tech firms by placing sanctions on China's largest foundry, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC).

Sep 26, 2020, 7:48 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  45 comments
TSMC follows its 3nm, 2nm road maps; chip shortage allows retailers to hike prices of Huawei's 5G phones

TSMC moves forward with plans to move production of 3nm chips to volume production starting next year. By 2023, 100,000 wafers for 3nm chips will be shipped monthly.

Sep 25, 2020, 2:30 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  3 comments
Snapdragon 875 will likely be followed by Snapdragon 775G, a 6nm flagship-rivaling chip

The new midtier chip will reduce the performance gap between high-end and midrange Android phones.

Sep 24, 2020, 5:48 PM,  by Anam Hamid,  6 comments
iPhone SE 2020's successor may feature a new midrange Apple-made chip

This would probably make the iPhone SE 2 more affordable than its predecessor.

Sep 23, 2020, 11:16 AM,  by Anam Hamid,  10 comments
Promising Galaxy S21+ battery picture and specs benchmark leak

Guess which member of the S21 family is shaping up as the most interesting?

Sep 23, 2020, 10:28 AM,  by Daniel Petrov,  1 comment
Qualcomm's newest 5G chipset is announced, will launch later this year

Qualcomm has introduced the 5G Snapdragon 750 Mobile Platform which will launch on a 5G Xiaomi phone sometime later this year. Tghe chip features the Kryo 570 CPU core.

Sep 22, 2020, 7:08 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  0 comments
The next "Moore's Law" could explain why NVIDIA wants ARM Holdings so badly

Why is Nvidia looking to spend $40 billion to buy ARM Holdings? The answer could lie in a possible short-term replacement for Moore's Law that would use AI-based GPU chips that double in speed every one to two years.

Sep 20, 2020, 2:12 AM,  by Alan Friedman,  4 comments
updated Galaxy S21 (S30)'s Exynos 1000 chip could do the unthinkable

The Snapdragon 875 and Exynos 1000 are expected to have the same core architecture.

Sep 18, 2020, 5:14 PM,  by Anam Hamid,  10 comments
Entire TSMC 5nm capacity booked for iPhone 12, iPad Air, and iPad Pro's A14 chip: report

This perhaps explains why Samsung is reportedly manufacturing the Snapdragon 875.

Sep 17, 2020, 5:05 PM,  by Anam Hamid,  0 comments
featured Leaked iPhone 12 Pro Max benchmark results fail to impress

Looks like Snapdragon 875-powered phones will be faster than the new iPhones.

Sep 17, 2020, 8:47 AM,  by Anam Hamid,  160 comments
Apple introduces the new chipset that will power the 5G iPhone 12 series

Apple today introduced the A14 Bionic chipset, the integrated circuit that will power the 5G Apple iPhone 12 series. Built using the 5nm process, the chip contains 11.8 billion transistors.

Sep 15, 2020, 2:06 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  6 comments
Samsung to manufacture Qualcomm's upcoming 5G chipset for premium phones

Samsung is the sole manufacturer of Qualcomm's upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 chipset, South Korean media reports.

Sep 14, 2020, 6:28 PM,  by Cosmin Vasile,  2 comments
Qualcomm reportedly inks deal with Samsung related to its next flagship 5G chipset

Samsung has reportedly inked a deal with Qualcomm to manufacture all of its Snapdragon 875 chips using its 5nm EUV process node. Phone using the IC should start rolling out early next year.

Sep 14, 2020, 1:23 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  0 comments
updated NVIDIA rumored to pay $40 billion for ARM Holdings (UPDATE: Deal is announced)

NVIDIA could announce the purchase of CPU designer ARM Holdings from SoftBank by as soon as next week. NVIDIA is the world's largest manufacturer of GPU chips.

Sep 13, 2020, 7:15 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  1 comment
Microsoft Surface Duo vs Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, it's not even funny

Compare the new Microsoft Surface Duo and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 2 'foldable' phones' camera quality, battery life and extra features for the respective prices before you make a buying decision.

Sep 10, 2020, 5:51 AM,  by Daniel Petrov,  35 comments
Samsung to stop supplying smartphone chipsets to Huawei due to US sanctions

Huawei's smartphone business is about to get another blow after September 15, as its main chipset suppliers – Samsung and SK Hynix, will no longer do business with the Chinese handset maker.

Sep 09, 2020, 10:43 AM,  by Cosmin Vasile,  10 comments
Huawei's 5G survival might depend on China threatening Apple

Because of U.S. export rules, Huwaei might have only three to six months of Kirin 9000 inventory to use before it has to worry about where its next 5nm chip is coming from.

Sep 07, 2020, 7:43 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  15 comments
Crazy cheap 5G phones with Qualcomm Snapdragon 4-series power are right around the corner

Motorola, Xiaomi, and Oppo will be among the first companies to release ultra-low-cost 5G handsets packing Qualcomm's next Snapdragon 4-series chipset in early 2021.

Sep 03, 2020, 4:27 AM,  by Adrian Diaconescu,  1 comment
Qualcomm's new Snapdragon gaming chip is official and we know which phone it will debut on

Qualcomm introduces its latest gaming chipset, the Snapdragon 732G with support for LTE down speeds up to 800Mbps. It will debut on an upcoming Poco phone that will soon launch in India.

Sep 01, 2020, 5:49 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  3 comments
Apple said to design its own GPU chips for production during the second half of 2021

There is speculation that Apple is replacing AMD's GPU chips with its own in-house designed GPU which will be available starting in the second half of next year for certain Apple devices.

Aug 31, 2020, 4:20 AM,  by Alan Friedman,  10 comments
TicWatch Pro 3 can be pre-ordered now from Amazon U.K.

The TicWatch Pro 3, or is it the TicWatch, will be powered by the Snapdragon Wear 4100 or Snapdragon Wear 4100+. Pre-orders can be reserved now for the latest smartwatch model.

Aug 30, 2020, 2:15 AM,  by Alan Friedman,  3 comments
MediaTek seeks U.S. permission to supply cutting-edge 5G chips to Huawei

Chip designer MediaTek says that it has asked permission from the U.S. government to ship cutting-edge chips to Huawei; the company's Dimensity 1000 chip features an integrated 5G modem.

Aug 29, 2020, 3:43 AM,  by Alan Friedman,  34 comments
5G 2020 Apple iPhone 12 series could use up to 30% less power thanks to the A14 Bionic chip

Foundry TSMC revealed what we might expect in terms of performance and energy improvements from the new 5nm chips being churned out this year such as the A14 Bionic.

Aug 25, 2020, 11:46 AM,  by Alan Friedman,  5 comments
Snapdragon vs Exynos: does Note 20 Ultra with 865 Plus outperform?

Take a look at the Note 20 Ultra Snapdragon vs Exynos chipset performance differences.

Aug 19, 2020, 8:27 AM,  by Daniel Petrov,  16 comments
U.S. squeezes Huawei tighter; new rule could prevent it from using Qualcomm's chips

Huawei was hoping to replace its home-grown Kirin chips with Qualcomm's components to get around U.S. regulations. But the Commerce Department destroyed those plans today by expanding its export rule.

Aug 17, 2020, 12:33 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  29 comments
updated Older Huawei phones in danger of losing Google apps and licensed versions of Android

A temporary license that allowed Huawei to use Google Mobile Services on its phones manufactured prior to May 16th, 2019 has expired and now older Huawei handsets are in danger of losing the Google ecosystem.

Aug 15, 2020, 12:18 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  9 comments
Appeals Court says 5G chipmaker Qualcomm's "no license, no chips" is not anti-competitive

Qualcomm wom a huge appeals court decision that essentially allows it to continue to sell chips using its "no license, no chips" terms. A three-judge panel ruled in favor of the chip designer yesterday.

Aug 12, 2020, 1:23 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  1 comment
R.I.P. Kirin chips: Huawei confirms Mate 40 will be the last phone with an in-house SoC

The company still has high hopes for Harmony OS though.

Aug 07, 2020, 10:44 AM,  by Anam Hamid,  35 comments
Qualcomm is working on Snapdragon 860, a stripped-down version of the Snapdragon 865: report

An OPPO phone could be the first device to feature the chip.

Aug 07, 2020, 8:51 AM,  by Anam Hamid,  6 comments
Ookla says that these chipsets deliver the fastest 5G in the U.S.

Qualcomm, based on data collected by Ookla, said in a blog post that the Snapdragon 855+ and Snapdragon 865 help deliver the fastest 5G speeds on smartphones in the states.

Aug 03, 2020, 12:32 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  4 comments
If history repeats itself, Apple's new 5nm chip will outperform Huawei's new 5nm silicon

According to a tipster in China, Huawei's Kirin 1020 chip is larger and more expensive to produce than Apple's A14 Bionic chipset. Both are manufactured by TSMC using the foundry's 5nm process.

Aug 02, 2020, 4:08 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  13 comments
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