New 64-bit chips for mid-range devices coming from Qualcomm

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Previously, Qualcomm’s only 64-bit chip was the Snapdragon 810 processor, but we’ll be seeing some of that power move down to the mid and low-range chips, the 600 and 400 series chips.

With four new chips, the 620, 618, 425 and 415 were announced today. The 425 and 415 will be in octa-core configurations, and while the 425 will be set to run at 1.7GHz, the 415 will be at 1.4GHz. 

While the new 600 series chips, the 620 and 618, are only running ARM reference cores, the 620 is an octa-core chip and will include the X8 LTE modem and the next-gen Adreno GPU.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 overheating issues may be exaggerated

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In a recent study using side-by-side comparison, online blog STJS Gadgets Portal is reporting that overheating issues with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 may be blown out of proportion. The comparison uses one smartphone running a Snapdragon 801 processor next to a pre-commercial smartphone running a Snapdragon 810.

Talk Android has been covering all the news about the possible overheating issue with the Snapdragon 810 for a few months now. You can see how this new study falls in with the previous reports by clicking “Read more” and continuing after the break.
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New Qualcomm TV dongle hopes to challenge Chromecast

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When Google first announced the Chromecast dongle, it was not clear whether it could compete in a world with devices like boxes from Roku or Apple TV. Google seems to have prevailed though with so many companies trying to emulate the success of the Chromecast. The latest example is a fiery red dongle that Qualcomm is working on that they are calling the 4K Streaming Adapter powered by their Snapdragon 800 processor and running a full version of Android alongside a wide array of wireless options.
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Qualcomm working on three successors to the Snapdragon 615

Snapdragon 800 SoCAfter the controversy surrounding the Snapdragon 810, some leaked information suggests Qualcomm is planning three new processors to supplant the Snapdragon 615 CPU that was announced roughly a year ago. It’s a pretty odd strategy, but at least they’ll have several options if one of the chips runs into any kind of issues.

The three new processors actually sport some pretty high specs considering where they fall in Qualcomm’s lineup, which is great news for someone looking for a mid-range device in 2015.
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Samsung starts pushing out Lollipop update for Exynos-powered Galaxy S5 in Kazakhstan

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Hot on the heels of the Snapdragon variants, Samsung has today started pushing out the much-anticipated Lollipop update to all Exynos-powered models of the Galaxy S5 located in Kazakhstan. In terms of added functionality, this upgrade transports the latest build of the Android operating system, together with a multitude of bug fixes and stability improvements.

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Samsung to lead the application processor (AP) market this year by supplying to Apple, Qualcomm, and NVIDIA

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No only is Samsung ditching Qualcomm in favor of their own homegrown Exynos processor with the Galaxy S 6, it appears Samsung is primed and ready to dominate the application processor (AP) market this year too.

Samsung has already enjoyed a considerable AP business with the likes of Apple, but this year Qualcomm and NVIDIA will be jumping on board as well. Wait a minute! Qualcomm? The very company that Samsung snubbed is now going to be a major customer to them?


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Qualcomm confirms a key customer dropped its Snapdragon 810 processor

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Annually, flagship smartphones in the United States and other countries launch with processors designed by Qualcomm. Look at any flagship smartphone released in the last few years and it is almost guaranteed that a Snapdragon processor is inside. The Snapdragon 810 was expected to be the go-to processor for hardware manufacturers this spring, but reports of technical difficulties including overheating caused some to believe otherwise. Today, the company confirmed that a key customer has walked away from using the Snapdragon 810.


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LG could sue Qualcomm if they give Samsung a modified version of the Snapdragon 810

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Yesterday’s report that Qualcomm will deliver an updated version of the Snapdragon 810 to Samsung has fueled speculation that LG might sue Qualcomm.

LG has contended that there is no overheating issue with the said chip, but there is also a belief that LG has made certain modifications on the G Flex 2. Now the Korea Times is reporting that LG will sue Qualcomm if they update the 810 because it’s basically admitting the overheating issue exists.


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