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Samsung unveils Exynos 7 Octa, industry-first 14nm FinFET processor

For a number of years, Samsung has been relying on its 20nm chip production process, giving them the current batch of high-performance Exynos processors they are using today. But with industry competitor Qualcomm still gaining the upper hand in terms of performance and name recall, Samsung is pushing forward with a new 14nm (read: smaller, less power consumption) SoC made through its patented FinFET process – the Exynos 7 Octa processor.

Source says LG to release G4 flagship in April, no MWC unveiling

There is a high possibility that Korean manufacturer LG might skip the unveiling at this year’s Mobile World Congress for its upcoming flagship phone the LG G4. An inside source reveals that a number of marketing considerations have pushed LG to a possible April unveiling, mainly to generate better publicity and to avoid coinciding with Samsung’s launch of its own flagship, the Galaxy S6.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 hands-on: one cool dragon

With MWC 2015 comes new smartphones and devices, but part of the discussion will most likely revolve around the technology powering these. And perhaps there won't be a hotter topic than Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810. Not yet out in the market, except for the LG G Flex 2, the chip is already mired in controversy left and right. Does the dragon deliver all its promises without the problems that are rumored to hound it? We fly to Qualcomm's San Diego office to get a first-hand look, and the results are quite spectacular and, frankly, unsurprising.

Qualcomm enlists OEM support for Snapdragon 810

The growth of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 chip has not at all been smooth sailing – the run up of the new SoC has been plagued with performance and overheating issues. But Qualcomm has now enlisted the help of a number of major OEMs to give their stamp of approval for the new processor. In light of this, we expect consumers to still be wary, as Qualcomm has really not approached the issues head on.

Qualcomm loses “large customer”, could be Samsung

It's only January but Qualcomm is already done with the quarter of fiscal 2015. The company was proud to announce a strong quarter with record quarterly revenues. The numbers look good despite facing patent infringement lawsuits by NVIDIA the previous quarter. However, the chip maker is said to be lowering its revenue outlook for the semiconductor business and EPS expectations for the 2nd half of fiscal year. Why do that when the first quarter achieved record revenues?

Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 810 taking some heat

Pardon the pun in the title, will you? The Snapdragon 810, Qualcomm's new standard flagship chip and arguably one of 2015’s hottest commodities, is the Android industry's answer for catching up with Apple on the 64-bit issue, as well as better performance via octa-core processing. This early, though, the Snapdragon 810 seems to be taking heat from gadget manufacturers and critics for all the wrong reasons.

OnePlus to delay launch of 2nd phone, moved to Q3 of 2015

The OnePlus One was one of the phones of 2014, simply because it managed to marry top-of-the-line specs with a sub-USD$300 price point. Never mind the roundabout way of actually owning one, for those who got their hands on a OnePlus One smartphone, they will surely say that they got the deal of the year. Now, OnePlus has to maneuver through the tricky waters of following it up with an equally great deal for the OnePlus 2 (that’s what they’re calling it) – but it seems that we have to wait a while to see it.

Samsung tipped to be ditching Qualcomm due to overheating

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 seems to be off to a rocky start. Previously rumored to be delayed, the mobile chip maker has assured the industry that its first octa-core 64-bit chips will ship on time, as seems to be implied by recent new smartphone announcements. But now according to an insider source, the chip was found to have some overheating issues based on Samsung's test, forcing the Korean OEM to switch out the processors for its upcoming Galaxy S6, expected to be unveiled in March.

Samsung rumored to update Galaxy Note 4 with Snapdragon 810

If you’ve followed Samsung for a while, you know that they like to put out two variants of their flagship phones – one usually armed with a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, which usually is the international version. The other would be the device armed with an Exynos chip, made from Samsung’s in-house chipmakers – this would be the brand released to the home market in South Korea, and usually has some bonus features that the international version doesn’t have. That was the case with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, until now when these rumors are coming out.
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