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Smartphone Processors


From cutting edge games to amazing visual effects, the smartphone's processor plays a major role in driving innovation. The most interesting smartphones are driven by processors with intelligent power saving, powerful graphics, and enough compute performance to enable the next generation of mobile features. Let Tom's Hardware keep you up to date on all the advancements in smartphone processor technology.


Thanks to low prices and a gradual increase in both quality and performance, Chinese chip makers are starting to pose serious problems for Qualcomm, Nvidia and others.


When it comes to mobility, ARM-based SoCs dominate. Join us as we take a look at where the flagship processors from Qualcomm, Apple, Nvidia, and Samsung land in the competitive landscape.

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TSMC and ARM announce the first big.LITTLE implementation on the 16FF (16nm FinFET) process. Some chip companies should start shipping products using it as early as next year.

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Intel signs deal with two more fabless chip makers from China that will make SoCs based on Intel's Atom CPU IP and its 3G and 4G technology. Intel hopes this will make the x86 platform more popular for mobile.

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With the Internet of Things, Qualcomm sees great potential powering growth in both the abundance and intelligence of devices at the network edge.

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Qualcomm wants to expand beyond just smartphones and tablets into robotics, augmented reality glasses, edge computing and the Internet of Everything.

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Intel announced it received certification for its new XMM 7262 LTE modem on China Mobile and that Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Alpha device will be using its XMM 7260 LTE-Advanced modem.

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Source code leak confirms the 64-bit Exynos 5433 chip inside the international version of Galaxy Note 4; however, the chip will only run in the 32-bit mode initially.

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Qualcomm hopes to bring LTE to every smartphone user, from the lowest end of the mobile market, with its new Snapdragon 210 processor.

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After years of struggling in the mobile market, Intel is unveiling a new method to attract OEMs to its chips: a reference design for Android that gets updated for two years, and within two weeks of Google...

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Today Apple finally unveiled the iPhone 6, the rumored iPhone phablet, aka the iPhone 6 Plus, and the long-awaited Apple smartwatch, aka Apple Watch.

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Imagination announces its first MIPS64 CPU core for mobile, and hopes to beat ARM and Intel at the mid-range of the market with significantly higher performance per cost.

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HTC may be replacing the mid-range Snapdragon 615 octa-core chip with a quad-core Snapdragon 410 inside its upcoming desire 820 device.

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HTC begins its 64-bit assault on the market with the low-cost Desire 510, which also comes with an integrated LTE modem.

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Four-year-old Icera anti-trust accusation comes back to haunt Qualcomm. This time the EU Commission takes the bite and prepares to open a full anti-trust investigation into Qualcomm once the summer is over.

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TSMC's much anticipated 16nm FinFET process is about to land a quarter earlier next year, and Apple and Nvidia are going to be the first major chip makers to benefit from the new process node.

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Intel's entrance into the mobile market has been glacially slow so far, and one analyst thinks the best way to change that would be for Intel to buy an ARM chip company like Mediatek.

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Early benchmarks of the International Exynos 5433-based version of the Galaxy Note 4 and the Snapdragon 805-based model coming to the US, show that the 64-bit Exynos chip outperforms Qualcomm's Snapdragon 805.

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Qualcomm's leaked roadmap shows that its mid-range and high-end 64-bit processors will only begin shipping with devices next year, potentially leaving them behind the competition.

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The Snapdragon 810, Qualcomm's first high-end 64-bit chip based on the new ARMv8 instruction set, gets outed by a recent AnTuTu benchmark.

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In an effort to make its own chips more efficient, Samsung delays big performance increases but significantly cuts down power consumption for the new Exynos 5430 as it moves to the 20 nm manufacturing process.

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