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Qualcomm's Snapdragon 821 is its fastest processor yet


To achieve the higher speeds, Qualcomm says it bumped the clock rates of the 14-nanometer chip from 2.1 to 2.4 GHz. Otherwise, it's borrowing the Snapdragon 820's tech, including the 600 Mbps X12 LTE modem, Ultra HD Voice tech for improved call quality, and Upload for faster downloads. At the same time, it'll deliver greater speeds, battery life and app performance. So which devices can we expect to use the Snapdragon 821? Qualcomm isn't saying, but possible candidates include HTC's upcoming Nexus phone and the ASUS ZenFone 3. It also said that it'll be used for "mobile VR head mounted displays and other new devices," on top of smartphones and tablets. That implies we could soon see standalone mobile VR headsets (that don't require a smartphone like Samsung's Gear VR), something that Google confirmed at its I/O conference in May.

Qualcomm's second generation Snapdragon 7c aims to take more laptop turf


Qualcomm launched its second-generation Snapdragon 7c processor, which aims to add integrated LTE, extended battery life and camera and audio upgrades to entry-level Windows PCs and Chromebooks. In addition, Qualcomm said it is launching the Snapdragon Developer Kit for Windows 10 PCs, which will give developers the ability to optimize applications on its platform. With the Snapdragon 7c, Qualcomm is hoping to enable more premium features and multi-day battery life to PCs in the $300-range. Miguel Nunes, senior director of product management at Qualcomm, said the company's plan is to extend its PC reach from entry level experiences up. Qualcomm first launched its PC processor plans in late 2019.

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 690 chipset brings 5G to cheaper phones


As far as 5G smartphone chipsets go, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 might be the best known, but there's one issue: It's as expensive as it is powerful. The company's new Snapdragon 690 chipset is a little different -- instead of powering new flashy new flagships, it's going into much more reasonably priced phones. The next 5G-capable step down from there, the Snapdragon 765, can usually be found in devices that cost between $500 and $700. Meanwhile, phones with the relatively new, LTE-only Snapdragon 675 typically sell between $300 and $400. Although Qualcomm doesn't produce its own phones and can't confirm what the typical Snapdragon 690 phone will cost, it seems clear that the age of the cheap 5G phone is nearly here.

Qualcomm launches Snapdragon 888: Everything you need to know


Qualcomm launched its latest Snapdragon 888 5G platform with advances on connectivity, camera technology and artificial intelligence. Snapdragon 888 will be coming to premium smartphones in 2021. The company typically launches its latest Snapdragon mobile technologies at its annual technology summit. Ziad Ashar, vice president of product management at Qualcomm, said the Snapdragon 888 is aimed at "always on" use cases with shared memory to move data with better performance per watt. The Snapdragon 888 has a revamped architecture using 5nm process technology.

'Snapdragon 1000' chip may be designed for PCs from the ground up


Qualcomm's Snapdragon 850 processor may be intended for PCs, but it's still a half step -- it's really a higher-clocked version of the same processor you'd find in your phone. The company may be more adventurous the next time, though. WinFuture says it has obtained details surrounding SDM1000 (possibly Snapdragon 1000), a previously hinted-at CPU that would be designed from the start for PCs. It would have a relatively huge design compared to most ARM designs (20mm x 15mm) and would consume a laptop-like 12W of power across the entire system-on-a-chip. It would compete directly with Intel's low-power Core processors where the existing 835 isn't really in the ballpark.