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Samsung uses software tricks to inflate Note 3 benchmark scores

10/01, 11:29am

Phone artificially scores higher than competitors

Samsung has reportedly implemented software tricks to artificially inflate the benchmark scores for its Galaxy Note 3 smartphone. Ars Technica noticed that the Note 3 outperforms LG's G2 by a wide margin, despite both devices being powered by the same 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, suggesting the company is continuing the overclocking strategy first observed with the Galaxy S4.

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Hugo Barra on hand for Xiaomi Mi-3 launch

09/05, 7:45am

Xiaomi Mi-3 launches with high-end specs, mid-range price

Former Google VP for Android has already taken up his new dutieswith Chinese Android handset maker Xiaomi. The new VP of Xiaomi Global attended today's launch event for the company's new flagship smartphone, the Xiaomi Mi-3. The new handset boasts high-end specs including the option of a Nvidia Tegra 4 or Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processors in a 5-inch 1080p device retailing outright for as little as $327 for the 16GB model or $408 for a 64GB variant.

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A Nokia RT tablet? Windows RT 8.1 on Surface helps makes sense of it

08/18, 7:57am

Windows RT 8.1, plus Snapdragon 800 will make a potent combination

Firm rumors have emerged over the past week that Nokia is close to unveiling its first tablet. If the rumored specifications are correct, the Nokia tablet will have plenty of power as it said to be running a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core CPU clocked at 2.2GHz, which also features a fast Adreno 330 integrated GPU. It will also center on a 1080p 10.1-inch display, while leaked photos show what appears to be a very thin device. However, it will be running the as yet unloved Windows RT operating system, designed for ARM-based devices. Has Nokia completely lost the plot, or does the impending arrival of the updated Windows RT 8.1 hold hope for the troubled platform?

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Amazon rumored to use Snapdragon 800 chips in Kindle Fire HD refresh

07/30, 12:46pm

Three storage capacity options, 2GB RAM, 8MP camera on 8.9-inch model touted

Amazon will be using Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processors in the next generation of Kindle Fire HD tablets, according to a report. Sources state that the quad-core Qualcomm processors, clocked at around 2GHz, will be supported by 2GB of RAM in both the 7-inch and 8.9-inch versions of the tablet, and would bring the mobile device range in line with the more recent versions Google, Samsung, and Apple tablets.

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LG to use Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 in Optimus G series replacement

06/20, 6:52am

Snapdragon 800 claimed to have 75-percent more performance than S4 Pro

LG will be using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor in a future replacement for the manufacturer's Optimus G series of smartphones. The change in processor is an upgrade from the earlier Snapdragon chips used in earlier Optimus G devices, with LG claiming it to have "up to 75-percent better performance" than the Snapdragon S4 Pro.

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Qualcomm to start Snapdragon 800 SoC mass production in late May

04/26, 6:49am

Follow-on from Snapdragon 600 to offer 2.3GHz clock speed, 4K playback

Qualcomm is preparing to put the Snapdragon 800 processor into mass production, starting in late May. The system-on-chip follows on from the highly sought-after Snapdragon 600, which has been used in such devices as the LG Optimus G Pro and reportedly had "strong traction" in recent quarterly results, and promises to provide a significant speed boost compared to its 1.7GHz predecessor.

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New Motorola X Phone render appears, more rumored specs

03/27, 6:56am

Motorola X Phone buzz continues to build with new render appearing

A new render of the rumored Motorola X Phone has appeared courtesy of GSM Arena. Instead of a quad-core Tegra 4i processor as previously thought, the latest round of speculation purports that the device will run a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor. It may also carry IP57 certification, like the Sony Xperia Z, meaning that it will be both dust and water resistant.

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Hands on: ZTE Grand Memo with Sanpdragon 800 CPU

02/25, 10:37am

ZTE's new Android flagship

ZTE has continued its upmarket push with its new Android flagship, the Grand Memo, which will be one of the first devices to arrive with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 processor. We stopped by ZTE's Mobile World Congress booth ahead of the company's press conference to handle the new device ahead of its public launch.

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