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The gloves are coming off in the legit brawl between two major players in the smartphone industry: Qualcomm and Apple. While we've detailed the legal bickering between the two tech giants on this site on numerous occasions, Qualcomm's latest move is aimed at crippling Apple's base of manufacturing in China. The majority of Apple's iPhones are manufactured in China, and Qualcomm has filed lawsuits in that country that seek to have production halted and ban all sales. Qualcomm alleges that Apple is infringing upon three non-standard patents, which include the technology that enables Force Touch on... Read more...
Qualcomm has been hit with a hefty NT$23.4 billion (around $773 million in US currency) imposed by Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission over violations to Taiwanese competition law, and specifically over licensing fees on mobile phone processors and patents that it collected over the past 7 years. Naturally the semiconductor manufacturer disagrees with the agency's finding and subsequent fine, and plans to appeal the decision. The fine is the most ever imposed by the Taiwanese regulator. In a released posted to the agency's website, Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission said Qualcomm abused its position in... Read more...
Tell us if you've heard this one before. Apple, which is obsessed with bringing as much of its hardware design in-house as possible, is looking to cut out supplier like Intel and Qualcomm with its own custom chips. We've seen it happen recently with Imagination Technologies, which was dropped by Apple in favor of its own tri-core GPU that is found in the A11 Bionic SoC powering the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. Now, a new report is reigniting rumors that Apple could move away from the Intel processors that it has embraced since 2005 for its MacBook, Mac Mini, iMac and Mac Pro family of... Read more...
When Microsoft announced the current generation Surface Pro (4th gen, if you're keeping score), the company revealed that an LTE model would be added to the product mix. Well, it's over four months later and we still haven't laid eyes on this mysterious Surface Pro LTE. However, a new report suggests that the cellular SKU is just a few months away. This news comes courtesy of Tim Golik, who is a program manager for the Surface Pro. According to Golik, the LTE-equipped version of the Windows 10 convertible will be available on December 1st. We were not made privy as to whether the device will be... Read more...
It's no secret that Apple and Qualcomm are at odds right now, as legal battles continue to be an unfortunate reality for both companies. At this point, it really doesn't seem clear who's in the right, or more importantly, who will reign victorious. At least for now, Qualcomm has decided to have a little bit of not-so-subtle fun. In a post made to its website today - the same day as the new iPhone reveal - Qualcomm pats itself on the back for creating a number of technologies that continue to ride the Android wave. In its list, Qualcomm lists specific technologies it's invented, and then gives some... Read more...
It seems like every new and unreleased high-end smartphone on the planet is rumored to feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 836 system-on-chip (SoC). Those rumors do not always come to fruition, as we saw with Samsung's Galaxy Note 8, which is now confirmed to sport a Snapdragon 835 SoC. It looks like the same will also be true of Google's forthcoming Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL handsets.After hearing rumors that both phones would wield a Snapdragon 836 SoC, XDA-Developers says it has heard otherwise from an "extremely reliable source" (in bold letters, no less). As to what exactly the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2... Read more...
Finnish company HMD Global is firmly entrenched in flagship smartphone territory with the release of its device: the Nokia 8. After the company acquired the rights to Nokia’s feature phone business, we’ve been waiting patiently to see what the company could do with high-end hardware. Luckily, there’s a lot to like. The most visible feature of the Nokia 8 is of course its display, which in this case measure 5.3 inches with a resolution of 2560x1440 (QHD). Unlike many of the recently introduced flagships that are making the rounds, however, the 7.3mm-inch Nokia 8 has rather large bezels at the top... Read more...
Qualcomm is bringing advanced depth-sensing technology to the Android ecosystem, and doing so in a big way. Through the expansion of its Spectra Module Program, Qualcomm's camera technology will introduce a host of goodies to Android devices, including improved biometric authentication, high resolution depth sensing, and multi-frame noise reduction for superior photographic quality snapshots. "Whether used for computational photography, video recording, or for computer vision applications that require accurate motion tracking, it’s clear that power efficient camera image signal processing has become... Read more...
Apple is now under investigation by the US International Trade Commission (USITC) after Qualcomm was able to convince the commission that the company should be investigated. This is the first official step by the USITC into the legal war between Apple and Qualcomm. The USITC will investigate Qualcomm's allegations that Apple has been illegally using cellular technology in some iPhone models by including modems that were made by Intel. Qualcomm is wanting to see all iPhone devices that operate on the AT&T and T-Mobile networks hit with limited exclusion and a cease and desist orders. The initial... Read more...
Like many people back in the day, I owned a Motorola Razr flip phone and thought that device was the coolest phone ever made at the time. I particularly miss being able to flip that thing shut when the person calling me was annoying, it was almost as fulfilling as slamming the receiver down back in the corded phone days.  Samsung has a new smartphone that will make fans of those old-school flip phones smile called the Leader 8, and it just launched in China. The Leader 8 has two displays with one on the front, outside of the device and another tucked away inside the phone above the keypad.... Read more...
Just a few days ago, notorious leaker Evan Blass (otherwise known by his Twitter handle, @evleaks) tweeted out official press renderings of Samsung's forthcoming Galaxy Note 8 handset. At the time, he said that more details would be revealed soon. Making good on that promise, Blass has now revealed a bit more about the phablet, including the fact that it will ship with a 6.3-inch  Super AMOLED display.In our experience, Samsung's Super AMOLED panels are some of the best looking displays around. It is no surprise that the Galaxy Note 8 will wield one, though some may find the actual size a... Read more...
In the words of the Beatles, Apple is “gonna try with a little help from my friends”. Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and Facebook recently filed comments with the United States International Trade Commission in support of Apple. The comments are part of the recent lawsuit saga between Apple and Qualcomm. Qualcomm is currently trying to get regulators to ban the United States importation of iPhones with modem chips "other than those supplied by Qualcomm affiliates." If granted, the ban would cause devastating losses for Apple. The United States market accounts for roughly 40% of Apple’s total sales.... Read more...
Following weeks of rumors and speculation, LG has come out and officially announced the Q6, a lower-end handset that is part of the South Korean electronics maker's new Q series. Also known online as the G6 Mini, an unofficial designation that reflects the similarities between the new Q6 and LG's high-end G6, LG's aim with the Q6 is to offer many of the premium features found on its other smartphones at a more competitive price. The leaked info leading up to the official unveiling of the Q6 was mostly spot on. LG's newest handset is equipped with a 5.5-inch Full HD+ FullVision display with an 18:9... Read more...
The ongoing dispute between semiconductor maker Qualcomm and electronics giant Apple over patent infringement claims has reached a boiling point. With the two firms unable to reach any sort of agreement, Qualcomm has asked U.S. trade regulators to ban iPhone imports along with other unnamed products, and to stop the sale of that have already been imported, according to a new lawsuit. Qualcomm has also asked the International Trade Commission (ITC) to launch an investigation into Apple's allegedly infringing devices. It is Qualcomm's stance that Apple's iPhone devices infringe on half a dozen of... Read more...
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