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Huawei says China will retaliate against the U.S. if Trump disrupts the flow of chips

After reporting that its placement on the Commerce Department's entity list cost it $12 billion in revenue last year, Huawei threatened that China will retaliate if further restrictions are forced on it by the U.S.

2 days ago, 2:05 PM by Alan Friedman,  104 comments
The Google Pixel 5 and LG G9 may be priced better than Samsung's Galaxy S20 5G

Why won't Google and LG go all in on 5G chipsets like Samsung did with the Galaxy S20, S20+ and Ultra? Pricing is key...

Mar 26, 2020, 4:10 AM,  by Daniel Petrov,  7 comments
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Feb 20, 2020, 4:48 AM,  by PhoneArena,  1 comment
Apple iPad Pro 2020 vs Microsoft Surface Pro 7 features, prices and battery life

We pit the new iPad Pro 2020 vs Microsoft's Surface Pro 7 features, price and specifications - hey, the iPad has a trackpad now, after all, who would've thought.

Mar 24, 2020, 2:05 PM,  by Daniel Petrov,  6 comments
Samsung announces new chips for earbuds providing longer battery life and more flexibility in design

As technology advances, people find it way more comfortable to ditch all cables, especially for headphones. The consumer demand for wireless earbuds is rapidly expanding, sales growing more than 200% from 2018 to 2019. However, there is room for improvement with the battery capacity on True Wireless Stereo devices (TWS), such as the AirPods and Galaxy Buds. Now, Samsung has announced a possible solution to this problem.

Mar 24, 2020, 9:44 AM,  by Iskra Petrova,  3 comments
featured Galaxy S20 Exynos vs Snapdragon battery life and performance, or why Samsung fans are angry

Do the Snapdragon 865 models of the Galaxy S20, Plus or Ultra really have longer battery life and better performance than the Exynos 990 version?

Mar 24, 2020, 9:03 AM,  by Daniel Petrov,  29 comments
Samsung overtakes Apple in system chips sold, takes third position globally

Samsung's Exynos chips were in more new devices last year than Apple's A-series SoCs, according to latest market report.

Mar 23, 2020, 3:53 AM,  by Georgi Zarkov,  3 comments
Samsung fans give the ultimate insult to the manufacturer's chipsets

A petition on Change.org demanding that Samsung stop selling handsets powered by its own Exynos chipsets has already received over 9,000 virtual signatures and the tally keeps rising.

Mar 21, 2020, 7:04 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  27 comments

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Samsung expects 5G demand to drive chip sales higher in 2020

Samsung says that despite the coronavirus outbreak, the company expects demand for 5G chips to help demand in that segment grow. The unit accounts for about half of Samsung's operating profit.

Mar 18, 2020, 10:59 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  0 comments
Apple partner TSMC considers building powerful new chipsets in the U.S.

A report from the Nikkei news agency states that chip fabricator TSMC is "actively considering" the construction of a facility in the U.S. that would turn out very powerful chipsets.

Mar 17, 2020, 7:00 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  6 comments
The iPhone 12 may land the first 3GHz A14 processor, ARM-ed Macs won't be far behind

Will the iPhone 12 carry the first mobile chip to crack the 3GHz clock barrier? Leaked benchmarks show the iPhone 12 may score as much as the current iPad Pro record holder.

Mar 16, 2020, 10:24 AM,  by Daniel Petrov,  10 comments
featured Google's Pixel 5 and Pixel 5 XL might not be flagship phones but may support 5G

Code found in the Google Camera app taken from a pre-production Pixel 4a suggests that the Pixel 5 and Pixel 5 XL will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chipset.

Mar 14, 2020, 3:21 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  51 comments
Apple supplier to start producing more powerful chips for future 5G phones

The world's largest foundry, TSMC, has already fully booked all of its 5nm production for this year. These more powerful chips consume less energy and are perfect for the new 5G era.

Mar 12, 2020, 12:45 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  2 comments
Apple and Huawei's 2020 flagships should deliver a huge performance boost

Huawei's next flagship Kirin chipset is expected to be produced during the second half of the year by TSMC using its 5nm EUV process and will employ ARM's latest Cortex A-78 CPU core.

Mar 05, 2020, 1:25 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  14 comments
Over one billion iOS and Android devices affected by flaw in Wi-Fi chip

A vulnerability discovered by a security firm called Eset could allow attackers to decrypt important information sent over the air. Wi-Fi chips from Broadcom and Cypress were responsible.

Feb 26, 2020, 8:42 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  13 comments
Samsung wins contract for the new Snapdragon X60’s production

World’s famous chip manufacturer, Qualcomm, has just announced the Snapdragon X60, a next-generation 5G modem that could have faster network speeds. Now, Reuters has brought to our attention an important contract made between Samsung and Qualcomm concerning the production of the new X60 modem chips. This contract is useful for Samsung for gaining chip manufacturing market share against Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (the TSMC).

Feb 18, 2020, 9:29 AM,  by Iskra Petrova,  11 comments
Future OnePlus and Oppo phones could feature custom chipsets

Future OnePlus, Oppo, and Realme smartphones could replace Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets with in-house alternatives. The move could take several years, though, as Oppo says it's a long-term investment.

Feb 18, 2020, 8:15 AM,  by Joshua Swingle,  4 comments
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus possibly coming soon

We have received information via Android Authority that yesterday, the tipster Digital chat station posted on the Chinese blogging website Weibo that there will most likely be a Snapdragon 865 Plus soon. According to a translation of the post, it is scheduled for Q3 this year. The tech specifications of the new chip should be available in about two months.

Feb 17, 2020, 9:03 AM,  by Iskra Petrova,  5 comments
Apple's chip supplier sees strong demand for 5G phones

The world's largest independent foundry, TSMC, announced last week that its Board of Directors have approved a $6.74 billion budget that will lead to increased chip production.

Feb 15, 2020, 5:43 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  1 comment
Watch Galaxy S20's Snapdragon 865 processor solve Rubic's cube faster than anybody

Check out how Snapdragon 865 deals with 10GB file in no time and solves a Rubic's cube quicker than the world champion.

Feb 11, 2020, 9:57 AM,  by Daniel Petrov,  3 comments
MediaTek’s 5G handset sales projection for 2020 affected by the coronavirus

Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus outbreak in China, demand from the Chinese market for chips is expected to decline. According to Digitimes, MediaTek’s chip demand appears to be affected as well, as the Chinese market is generally absorbing almost 60% of the company’s global chip sales.

Feb 10, 2020, 8:56 AM,  by Iskra Petrova,  0 comments
Is the fix in? Trump administration's DOJ seeks to reverse ruling against Qualcomm

This Thursday, two U.S. regulatory agencies involved in antitrust enforcement will be taking each other on as Qualcomm appeals a district court ruling that said the company's actions were anticompetitive.

Feb 09, 2020, 8:57 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  5 comments
MediaTek's new processors: gaming power in the entry level segment

MediaTek's new processor bring gaming to the affordable segment

Feb 03, 2020, 6:51 AM,  by Preslav Kateliev,  1 comment
Samsung says solid phone sales kept the fourth quarter from being a total disaster

Samsung reported its fourth quarter and full year 2019 results and while the mobile division had growthg during the fourth quarter, operating profits were lower for the year.

Jan 29, 2020, 11:05 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  9 comments
Apple signs multiple year supply agreements with a major chipmaker

Apple signed two multi-year contracts with chipmaker Broadcom for components that will be used on new Apple products over the next three and a half years. The actual components included in the deal are unknown.

Jan 23, 2020, 7:13 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  2 comments
The iPhone 11 sells like Popeyes chicken sandwich, and that may be bad news for Apple

How would you like them average selling prices going down, Apple? Turning the corner in China may not be the good news that Apple's investors participate when the cheapest iPhone is the most sought after one.

Jan 22, 2020, 3:41 AM,  by Daniel Petrov,  10 comments
Battle between two companies will uphold the "law" that will lead to more powerful smartphones

The battle between TSMC and Samsung continues as both companies plan on spending oodles of money and pulling out the stops to get to the 3nm process node for their integrated circuits.

Jan 21, 2020, 9:37 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  1 comment
Cheap phones are about to get a lot better with Qualcomm's new chips

Qualcomm has announced a trio of new chips meant for devices and markets that are still focused on 4G. With new features and improvements across the lineup, the next generation of affordable phones should be quite good.

Jan 21, 2020, 2:49 AM,  by Georgi Zarkov,  1 comment
Former iPhone, iPad chip designer is being sued by Apple

Apple is suing the man who helped designed the chipsets from the A7 to the A12x that were used to power the iPhone 5s to the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2018). Gerald Williams III, who left the company last year, is being sued for breach of contract.

Jan 19, 2020, 11:06 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  1 comment
Key Apple supplier is doing brisk business

The world's largest independent foundry, TSMC, reported a strong increase in fourth quarter net profit and expects a 45% jump in Q1 revenue as the migration to 5G phones hikes demand for smartphones.

Jan 17, 2020, 12:51 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  2 comments
There are 15 billion reasons why this year's Apple iPhones could be incredibly powerful

Apple will include a "refreshed" version of Face ID in the 2020 iPhone models according to the semiconductor analysts from Barclays. In addition, the A14 Bionic could make the upcoming iPhones as powerful as a MacBook Pro.

Jan 16, 2020, 2:29 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  16 comments
Top analyst says Qualcomm has started a price war that will impact prices of 5G phones

A price war has started in the 5G chip industry as Qualcomm has dropped the price of the 5G modem integrated Snapdragon 765 chipset. This has affected MediaTek the most since it has less of a margin to work with.

Jan 14, 2020, 4:18 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  7 comments
Proposed U.S. rule change forces Huawei to make a shift in chip production

A contemplated change being made by the U.S. Commerce Department that would expand foreign made components under U.S. export control, has forced Huawei to take orders away from TSMC and place them with China's SMIC.

Jan 13, 2020, 1:10 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  10 comments
featured First Galaxy S20 vs Galaxy S10 benchmark score pits Snapdragon 865 vs 855

Check out our first Galaxy S20+ vs Galaxy S10 benchmark score comparison, pitting Snapdragon 865 vs 855 and the specs to match.

Jan 13, 2020, 2:59 AM,  by Daniel Petrov,  2 comments
Find out how Samsung and Huawei shook up the mobile chip market

Huawei and Samsung have started using more of their own chipsets inside their phones negatively impacting Qualcomm. Still, Qualcomm remains the market share leader providing processors for the industry.

Jan 11, 2020, 3:11 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  4 comments
Trump administration convinced the Dutch not to ship advanced chip-making equipment to China

The U.S. government successfully intervened to prevent a Chinese chip maker from receiving advanced equipment that would allow it to produce powerful and energy efficient chips.

Jan 08, 2020, 4:30 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  12 comments
New chipset announced today will make 5G easier for consumers to afford

Chip designer MediaTek introduced the Dimensity 800 mid-range chipset with an integrated 5G modem. While the chip will deliver 5G to lower priced phones, it only supports sub-6GHz 5G networks.

Jan 07, 2020, 4:19 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  3 comments
Nokia's next flagship is delayed for a very good reason

A report says that the Nokia 9.2, the sequel to last year's Nokia 9 PureView, will be delayed until next fall so that Nokia can equip it with the Snapdragon 865 Mobile Platform.

Jan 02, 2020, 11:57 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  47 comments
Apple signs a new deal with its former graphics chip supplier

Apple has signed a licensing agreement with graphics chip designer Imagination Technologies whose Power VR chips were used on the iPhone until 2017's iPhone X.

Jan 01, 2020, 11:34 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  9 comments
AnTuTu names rarely used SoC as the most powerful chipset for Android last year

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ Mobile Platform was named by benchmark app AnTuTu as the strongest performing SoC for Android handsets last year. The chip was released halfway through the year, designed for gaming phones.

Jan 01, 2020, 4:30 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  17 comments
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