Gaming phones and VR target
Qualcomm has decided to announce an updated version of its flagship Snapdragon 855 7nm chip. It is simply called Snapdragon 855 Plus. The CPU is about four percent faster while the GPU gets a saucy 15 percent boost. It is clear that gaming phone manufacturers and VR enthusiast platform builders will be all over it.
Just a design concept for now
It appears that Asus is considering a dual-slider design for its upcoming flagship smartphone, which is a neat concept that could provide a high screen-to-body ratio.
Industry contacts shared
The mobile industry is definitely outpacing the manufacturing progress of both GPUs and CPUs and this is not going to change anytime soon. Apple lead the industry with millions of 7nm A12 SoCs, Huawei and Qualcomm are joining in, while the PC industry will get them slightly later with much smaller volumes and with the help of small AMD.
Just getting worse
HTC has been struggling to stay competitive for years now with its Android handsets and virtual-reality headsets, but it has just reported itsbiggest drop in sales for two years.
Smartphone cash cow is losing its Seoul
Samsung, much like its rival Apple, is finding that its smartphone cash cow is dying and the company is set to post its smallest profit growth in more than a year in the second quarter.
Would chuck away that phone if I were you
European leaders appeasing the rise of anti-immigration parties are using metadata on smartphones to start sending migrants back.
Mobile guys now in charge for Frostbite
One of the key guys behind Adreno, Tim Leland, has joined EA and is working under CTO as a general manager and VP in charge of the Frostbite engine. He will report to the EA’s CTO, Ken Moss. This hire definitely sets a wind of change within Electronic Arts.
New GPU and new 8K video beast
ARM introduced three things today. The Cortex A76 is meant for the 7nm CPU, Mali G76 GPU and Mali V76 8K video processing unit.
Andy Rubins cancels phone development
Andy Rubin's Essential Products business is considering selling itself and has cancelled development of a new smartphone.
With built-in Radeon Vega graphics
PC OEMs Dell, HP, and Lenovo are offering AMD Ryzen PRO mobile and desktop accelerated processing units (APUs) with integrated Radeon Vega graphics in a variety of their commercial systems.