Snapdragon 855 in Galaxy S10 could be the first 7nm mobile processor, tips contractor

Qualcomm won’t say it, but their contractors do. Snapdragon 855 (SDM855) is the first 7nm SoC. (probably the one the X24 modem ends up in) pic.twitter.com/Ot1J34fQoG— Roland Quandt (@rquandt) 15 февруари 2018 г. 

Yesterday, Qualcomm came out of the blue with the first chipset made on the groundbreaking 7nm process, but this one was a wireless modem, the X24, which will allow phones equipped with it to reach 2 Gbps 4G LTE download speeds. 

The Snapdragon 845 that is about to debut in the Galaxy S9 ten days from now, is packing X20, which does 1.2 Gbps, …


Pixel 2 XL teardown reveals LG battery, heat pipe, and Google's first custom processor

The crafty folks from iFixit have gone through the trouble to take apart the new Google Pixel 2 XL, and it turned out that it wasn’t much of a trouble, at least as far as today’s sealed waterproof flagships are concerned, as we’ve seen recent phones much harder to repair. The Pixel 2 XL got a 6/10 score for repairability, and, despite that it is water-resistant with IP67 certification, it doesn’t even need heating to open up, unlike the vast majority of today’s glass-and-metal flagships.
The phone is indeed LG inside, as given away by the branding of …

iPhone X A11 chip with six processor cores to be Apple's most powerful yet

The quick leak of the iOS 11 Gold Master is like the gift that keeps giving. As developers go through this treasure trove of information, more interesting tidbits relating to iOS 11 and the 2017 iPhone models get disseminated. This particular bit of information has to do with the Apple A11 system chip that will be powering the tenth anniversary iPhone.

According to developer Steve Troughton-Smith, the iOS 11 leak revealed that the Apple A11 chip will feature six processor cores. Two cores are named Monsoon and will be used for tasks requiring high power, …

Samsung reportedly scores Apple’s chip business back, 7nm A12 processor in tow

The glory days for the TSMC chip foundry may be over soon, if a new report out of Korea is to be believed. TSMC became the sole supplier of Apple’s A-series processors in 2013, and never looked back. This year, it has been tasked with producing the 10nm Apple A11 chipsets, and the expected upgrade super cycle brought on by the iPhone 8, has shot the TSMC shares into the stratosphere, making its founder a billionaire in the process.
That sweet deal with Apple may be coming to an end, a Korean publication tips, as Samsung has eventually won back Apple’s chip business. …

Huawei to launch application processor that combines CPU, GPU and AI functions

Huawei will have a very busy H2 2017 if we are to believe what Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s Consumer Business Group, told the audience at 2017 China Internet Conference.

Apparently, the Chinese company plans to launch an application processor that will feature combined functions of CPU, GPU (graphics processing unit) and AI (artificial intelligence). The new processor will be released in the second half of the year, as Huawei hopes to better compete with Google and Apple in the new sector of AI application processors.

Moreover, Yu explained that his company continues to work on the …

The Bluboo S1 has a powerful processor, slim bezels, and an enticing price-tag

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It’s 2017 and the trendy features for a smartphone to have are as follows — dual camera; near-bezel-less design. And of course, a lot of the top-shelf handsets out there have them, but have you seen those prices? Oh, la la! So, coming out with an aggressive price-tag in today’s oversaturated market is also a huge plus. And that’s what Bluboohas …

Bloomberg: Apple is prepping a dedicated AI processor

According to a source familiar with Apple’s plans, the company is designing an artificial intelligence-focused chip that would concentrate on functions that would normally requite human intelligence. This includes facial and speech recognition. Apple feels pressured to regain the advantage it once had in this space when it surprised everyone with the inclusion of personal assistant Siri. That took place on October 4th, 2011 with the release of the Apple iPhone 4s.. Since then, not only have companies like Google, Amazon and Microsoft caught up with Apple’s technology, many are well ahead.

Apple …

Confirmed: OnePlus 5 will feature a Snapdragon 835 processor and front fingerprint scanner

In recent years, fingerprint scanners have become almost ubiquitous when it comes to high-end (and even mid-end, or more modest) smartphones. 

While some handsets – like the iPhone 7 or HTC U11 – feature fingerprint scanners on the front, there’s a large number of important phones that have their scanners on the back – Samsung Galaxy S8, Google Pixel, LG G6, and so on. As you may know, handsets made by OnePlus fall into the latter category – they’ve always had fingerprint scanners on the front. And we now know that this won’t change with the upcoming OnePlus 5.

OnePlus …

The mid-range Snapdragon 660 processor comes surprisingly close to top-end Snapdragon 835 chip in performance test

Earlier this month, US chip maker Qualcomm announced its brand-new Snapdragon 660 and 630 processors for mid-range phones and other smart devices. Benchmark scores of the 660 model appeared online, showing the chip is capable of surprisingly high performance that hovers near the flagship Snapdragon 835 model’s teritorry.

In GeekBench (a prominent CPU performance test), the Snapdragon 660 – as present inside an unidentified smartphone code-named Heart – racked up 5,455 points in the multi-core test. Compared to the flagship Snapdragon 835 as present in the Samsung …

Xiaomi Mi 6 suffering from ceramic and processor shortages

The Xiaomi Mi 6 has been a big success with sold out flash sales leaving buyers with no units to buy. Besides the heavy demand for the phone, it appears that Xiaomi is facing a shortage of certain parts for the handset such as the Qualcomm 835 chipset, and the ceramic body that is used on a special edition of the device. As far as the chipset is concerned, Samsung reportedly has first claim on any Snapdragon 835 chipsets that roll out of the foundry.

The ceramic edition of the Xiaomi Mi 6 replaces the phone’s glass shell with one made of a ceramic material. This version of the phone comes …