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MediaTek’s new octa-core SoC is LTE capable, and heavy on specs

If you’ve been waiting patiently for octa-core, it won’t be long now. MediaTek has announced their latest offering, the MT6595. Though not the first octa-core processor we’ve seen on a device, it’s likely the one with the most attractive feature set. If they can keep ahead of the looming Qualcomm threat, MediaTek octa-core chipsets just might find their way onto more handsets.

Intel bringing 64-bit chipsets to Android in Q2 2014, CEO claims

In a conference call with analysts, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich had some good news. According to him — and we’d like to think he’d know — 64-bit Intel chips are coming to Android. While we’ve known that 64-bit was coming since various iOS devices launched with the technology last Fall, but Krzanich says the Android variety will be available this year.

Qualcomm’s Ultra Sound NotePad is a fresh look at the Tablet/Stylus duo

Styli are a pain. They have these soft, rubbery tips that don’t really do what you want, and they’re kind of expensive. Some even get in the $100-and-up price range, which is just absurd. Sometimes, we just want to draw on paper, and have the image just appear on our tablet or smartphone. Qualcomm is promising something big for styli and tablets, and it’s got our attention.

Qualcomm expected to see competition for LTE dominance in 2014

When it comes to LTE, Qualcomm is the chipset maker of choice. Part of that is their cornering of the market; by being first, they command business. As our demand for faster data grows, so will the demand for LTE chipsets. Qualcomm’s offerings aren’t cheap, and contrast our desire for low-cost handsets. Stuck in a quagmire, what is an OEM to do?
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