Huawei’s new Kirin 970 processor will power the upcoming Mate 10 this October

Many were skeptical about Huawei jumping into the realm of mobile chipsets, but its releases to date have proved quite capable. Last year’s Kirin 960 in the Mate 9 and other devices held up well against the competition and still offers about the same raw power as Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 found in other flagships. Over the weekend, the company unveiled its latest and greatest mobile processor, the Kirin 970.

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Freedom 251 is a 4-inch Android smartphone with quad-core processor that costs less than $4

A smartphone has been announced in India which, unbelievably, costs the equivalent of just .66 USD. The Freedom 251 by Ringing Bell is an Android 5.1-powered smartphone with a 4-inch screen, and it’ll be available to order from tomorrow, Feb. 18. At this price, we’re pretty certain this is the cheapest smartphone available anywhere in the world.

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Samsung is manufacturing Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor

Samsung announced today that they will be manufacturing Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 820 chip. In particular, the Korean company cites how the Snapdragon chips will take advantage of a new 14-nanometer process and that it will be available on devices being released during the first half of the year.

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New Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor by Qualcomm will enable smarter, thinner and ‘always-on’ smartwatches and wearables

Qualcomm has announced a brand new processor designed specifically for smartwatches and wearables. The Snapdragon 2100 has been developed to enable manufacturers to create thinner smartwatches with longer-lasting batteries, and make it easier to design watches that don’t need to be tethered to phones.

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Huawei announces flagship Kirin 950 octa-core processor, will give Snapdragon 820 a run for its money

Right on schedule, Huawei took the wraps off its next generation mobile processor at an event in Beijing this morning. The Kirin 950 packs in some impressive specs and looks set to give Qualcomm’s already-troubled Snapdragon 820 chip some stiff competition…

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Deal: BLU Life One X with 5.2-inch full HD screen, octa-core processor, metal build down to $99 (Reg. $149)

BLU pretty much blew us away in December when it announced pre-orders of the Life One X. At , it was the first ever Android phone with a full HD screen and solid metal frame to cost under oo. Once pre-orders ended, it was back up to its recommended retail price of 9, which is still a good deal. But, for today only, the phone has dropped back down to its pre-order price point, and is once again available in black and white for just  on Amazon.

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BlackBerry Priv leak indicates 4K video recording, 64-bit processor and ‘BlackBerry Safeguard’ software

One of the most hotly-anticipated handsets of this year was finally made official recently, although little was said about its internal specs. All we know (officially) is that the BlackBerry PRIV will be an Android smartphone, and it will be a portrait slider with a physical QWERTY keyboard with “flagship specs”. Apart from a couple of official press renders, and a bungled hands-on demo by the chief, BlackBerry hasn’t been keen too share all the details with us yet.

A new leak from N4BB suggests strongly that early rumors of a focus on camera performance are accurate. The 18MP camera on the back purportedly features Schneider-Kreuznach optics and can record in 4K resolution at 30fps. It can also film 1080p at 720p at both 30fps and 60fps.



Although we don’t know exactly what processor is inside the PRIV, the leak suggests that it will be a 64-bit processor. There have been rumors previously stating that it will be the Snapdragon 808 hexa-core chip, the same processor found in the LG G4, Moto X Pure and LG Nexus 5X. BlackBerry then seemingly among the many manufacturers keen to avoid the overheating Snapdragon 810.

Previous leaks showed that the software would be a customized version of Android, keeping many stock elements but adding some of BlackBerry’s own popular tools and features like the notification Hub. Another piece of software being installed is a program called BlackBerry Safeguard which shows you how secure your BlackBerry PRIV is. In it, users can manage what information apps have access to and how they’re using it, and gives you warnings if there are settings you can change to make your device more secure.

We’ve heard before that PRIV = Privacy and Privilege. Security is a big focus for BlackBerry and its enterprise services are among some of the most-trusted on the planet. In the past, BlackBerry’s chief did state that they’d only release an Android phone if they could make it secure. It seems then that it has, and that BlackBerry Safeguard is just one of the ways which the company will secure the Google-powered device.

Snapdragon 820 processor officially announced, features Quick-Charge 3.0, Adreno 530 GPU, 600Mbps LTE cat. 12, more

After months of testing, and pre-release teasers, Qualcomm has finally taken the wraps off its next generation flagship Snapdragon processor. The Snapdragon 820 has a number of capabilities and features which should mean all parts of your phone experience are fast and efficient. Surprisingly, the chip features half the number of cores found in the 810 chip, but promises to boost performance across the board…

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