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Snapdragon 820 will feature new Hexagon 680 DSP prominently

A DSP – digital signal processor – is that part of your processor which processes real world signals, such as the digital audio signal from your microphone, the digital image signal from your camera, and the digitized information from your sensors. At some points, these DSPs are always on – that is why you need powerful and efficient DSPs to process these data efficiently. Enter Qualcomm’s new Hexagon 680 DSPs for the upcoming Snapdragon 820 processor.

Here’s how to enable Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 on your Sony Xperia Z2

While gadget town is busy anticipating the arrival of the Sony Xperia Z5 and its siblings, some XDA developers were involved in discovering how the Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 feature in an old Xperia Z2 would be activated. Sony was believed to be hiding the feature inside according to showlyshah, a Senior Member on XDA. He said that while searching for more information about QuickCharging 2.0, he saw a list made by Qualcomm of devices that support the new charging technology. The Xperia Z2 was included although Sony did not officially disclose that it's capable of quick charging.

Qualcomm Adreno 530 GPU to power Snapdragon 820 

While we won’t see any devices yet being powered by the Snapdragon 820, not until next year that is, Qualcomm has revealed quite a few details about the Adreno 530 GPU that will power the upcoming chipset. Well, when we say details, we mean just a light dusting of information that would have to tide us over until we finally see a device running the Snapdragon 820, which they say will happen in the first half of 2016 (which also means new Nexus devices released this year won’t have it).

Samsung Galaxy S7 to run on Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor

After the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus are announced this week, the next major flagship phone we should be waiting for is the Galaxy S7. Samsung is scheduled to release it next year 2016 but as with previous Galaxy S models, we can expect numerous rumors, leaks, and speculations to come out. As early as now, we heard that the next Galaxy S7 will be powered by a Snapdragon 820. Surprised? Not really but Qualcomm has yet to release the chipset so yeah, it may be to early to say.

Qualcomm outs Snapdragon 412, 212 for budget and midrange devices

Chipset manufacturer Qualcomm had to update their entry level and lower midrange chipsets last year because of the growth of 4G data connectivity. That meant even entry level and midrange devices were expected to have LTE connectivity. That demand resulted in the production of the Snapdragon 410 and 210 SoC’s (system-on-a-chip). Today we see those chipsets being updated with better features in the Snapdragon 412 and 212.

 Specs of upcoming Snapdragon 820 leaked

It’s not just the specs of smartphones, tablets, and smartwatches that are being leaked online. Even the all-important but less-sexier mobile processors also have their own rumors and speculation. This time around, the upcoming Snapdragon 820 SoC (System-on-a-chip), which will be officially unveiled in a few days, has raised speculation and interest, especially after the controversy regarding the overheating Snapdragon 810. Details about the chip have been leaked by a reliable Chinese analyst who according to the site G for Games has had a solid track record when it comes to leaks.

New Qualcomm tech now allows wireless charging on metal phones

For the short time that wireless charging standards and technology have been with us, there have been a number of breakthroughs to keep the technology moving forward. Sadly, wireless charging is still not at that point where it is a standard for almost everyone. So maybe this new technology from Qualcomm will help move it towards that goal – the company now has a solution for allowing wireless charging even on metal-clad phones.

What the OnePlus 2 DOESN’T have, and why that matters

Ok, so the cat’s out of the bag, so to speak. The OnePlus 2 – made by the same guys who made the OnePlus One (haha) – is out in the open, the pricing is out in the open as well, and we had a short time to go hands on with it. It is by far, the most ridiculous piece of smartphone hardware you can get for a price range that starts at around USD$329. But that for that price, you will have to let go of some creature comforts – like NFC, a fast charging feature, and a wireless charging feature. Is that going to be ok for you?

ASUS PadFone S2 specs leaked, can anyone say Snapdragon 820?

If you remember the ASUS concept gadget of last year – that smartphone and tablet combo called the ASUS PadFone S – you would think it’s right about time to get a successor for that product. This ASUS concept product has received mild success and generally warm reviews, and it won’t be a surprise if we see PanFone S2 leaks soon, starting with this one.
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