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Qualcomm teases upcoming Snapdragon 865 phones, over 70 devices in development



Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 was announced last year, and so far, it’s only shown up in a few different smartphones including Samsung’s Galaxy S20 series. In the next month or two, though, a lot more Snapdragon 865 phones are on the way, and now, Qualcomm is teasing just how many.

In a press release, Qualcomm reveals that there are currently over 70 different devices set to be released using the Snapdragon 865 platform. This, of course, makes sense, given Qualcomm supplies most flagship smartphones in the Android industry. As 5G grows, too, Qualcomm’s chips become even more attractive thanks to the X55 modem.

Companies producing Snapdragon 865 phones in cooperation with Qualcomm include the likes of Samsung, Sony, Xiaomi, ZTE, ASUS, Black Shark, Fujitsu Connected Technologies Limited, iQOO, Lenovo, Nubia, OPPO, Realme, Redmi, and Vivo. In the press release, Qualcomm also mentions by name a handful of these upcoming devices, even though a handful of them haven’t been officially announced yet.

  • Black Shark 3*
  • FCNT arrows 5G*
  • iQOO 3*
  • Legion Gaming Phone*
  • Nubia Red Magic 5G*
  • OPPO Find X2*
  • realme X50 Pro*
  • Redmi K30 Pro*
  • ROG Phone 3*
  • Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra
  • Sharp AQUOS R5G*
  • Sony Xperia 1 II*
  • vivo APEX 2020 Concept Phone*
  • Xiaomi Mi 10* and Mi 10 Pro*
  • ZenFone 7*
  • ZTE Axon 10s Pro*

You can read the press release in its entirety below.

Flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 5G Mobile Platform Powers First Wave of 2020 5G Smartphones

Global OEMs and Brands ASUS, Black Shark, Fujitsu, iQOO, Lenovo, Nubia, OPPO, realme, Redmi, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, vivo, Xiaomi and ZTE Announce Flagship Devices Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Mobile Platform

FEB 25, 2020 | SAN DIEGO

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. announced that global original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and brands ASUS, Black Shark, Fujitsu Connected Technologies Limited, iQOO, Lenovo, Nubia, OPPO, realme, Redmi, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, Sharp Corporation, Sony, vivo, Xiaomi and ZTE have selected the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 865 5G Mobile Platform for their 5G device launches this year. The Snapdragon 865 Mobile Platform is the world’s most advanced mobile platform, designed to deliver the unmatched connectivity and performance required for the next wave of flagship devices, and features the Company’s second-generation 5G Modem-RF System, the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X55, while redefining Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth audio with the Qualcomm® FastConnect™ 6800 mobile connectivity subsystem. The cutting-edge Snapdragon 865 enables premium devices with breakthrough features—from Gigapixel-speed photography and Qualcomm® Snapdragon Elite Gaming with desktop-level features to intelligent and intuitive experiences due to the 5th generation Qualcomm® AI Engine.

“As the world’s leading wireless technology innovator, we are committed to driving and scaling 5G to the consumer. This year, the Snapdragon 865 will help make 5G accessible to billions of smartphone users around the world, further enabling immersive mobile experiences like high-speed gaming, intelligent multi-camera capture and all-day battery life,” said Alex Katouzian, senior vice president and general manager, mobile, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

After introducing the Snapdragon 865 Mobile Platform in December 2019, more than 70 designs have been announced or are in development based on the platform. Additionally, more than 1,750 designs have been announced or are in development based on our Snapdragon 8-series mobile platforms.

For more information, please visit the Snapdragon 865 5G Mobile Platform Product Page.

About Qualcomm

Qualcomm is the world’s leading wireless technology innovator and the driving force behind the development, launch, and expansion of 5G.  When we connected the phone to the internet, the mobile revolution was born.  Today, our foundational technologies enable the mobile ecosystem and are found in every 3G, 4G and 5G smartphone. We bring the benefits of mobile to new industries, including automotive, the internet of things, and computing, and are leading the way to a world where everything and everyone can communicate and interact seamlessly.

Qualcomm Incorporated includes our licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of our patent portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, substantially all of our engineering, research and development functions, and substantially all of our products and services businesses, including our QCT semiconductor business.


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Next Apple Watch Series 6 will have even more features




Before we get another Apple Watch, it’s going to be by Fall of the year 2020 which is the time we’ll be seeing the likes of the Apple 12, 12 Pro and the 12 Pro Max (what we think they’ll be called at least) meanwhile, there’s a lot of room for more and as more rumors breaks about the Watch 6, it’s obvious the device is going to trump the previous model and be a really better upgrade. Below are a list of what we’re expected to see when the Apple Watch 6 gets released all based on rumors and Apple patents.

A new round design might be implemented

Way back since the first Apple Watch back in 2014, there hasn’t been much changes as the device’s looked very similar to one another as the generation progresses. This new model might just be a few tweaks here and there with slightly larger display, a different design materials as well as a different watch band designs.

There has been rumors of a circular watch face in the Apple Watches since way back but Apple do release the square face. Compared to the likes of Galaxy Watch, Amazfit Verge, Huawei GT, most of which have circular designs, Apple might just be the next on the line. Another thing that might confirm the rumor is the fact that the company has issued a couple Apple Watch patent that shows a round display.

But not to get too excited as this isn’t official yet as it’s just a possibility. Changing the display from square to circle will mean Apple has to go through a ton of reworks which includes redesigning both the software and the hardware to fit this changes so there is no guarantee about it.

Even more watch faces

Apple Watch will add more to its tons of watch faces which ranges from the likes of Disney Characters to animated weather interfaces. The fact remains the company probably won’t be ditching its third-party watch faces so soon.

What Apple might also be including this time is the ability to share those watch faces according to 9to5Mac with each watch face being configurable and can be shared as a unique file through Airdrop.

The report, which cites leaked iOS 14 code as the source of its information, also says WatchOS 7, the next version of Apple’s smartwatch software, will add an analog-style tachymeter to its design options that would measure speed and distance.

Another interesting thing is the ability to share albums from photos app and create a customised watch face that cycles through the photos in that album. That can give family members the opportunity to add up individual photos to the shared album for everyone in the group to see on their wrists I think that might not be gimmicky.

Lastly, for patriotic users, WatchOS 7 may add an “international” option that lets you choose a country’s flag as your watch face so God Bless America.

A native fitness app that works with the core

Good fitness feature is very important and that has been the core functionality of the Apple Watch ever since its been launched and that might be further enhanced now this new year.

MacRumors has it that the company I’d working on creating a standalone fitness application which unlike the current Activity application which tracks your progress and already on the Apple Watch, the new upgrade or should I say new app will guide workout activities which includes running, cycling, rowing, strength training, dance and yoga.

While there are tons of third-party applications that do just this, the fact that Apple is creating something native to the WatchOS 7 core might be a good intention this time around. The app won’t be limited to just the watch but also the iPhone and the Apple TV which might be free to download.

Also there’s no evidence of in-app purchases but do not rule out the possibility of subscription based services such as the Apple music just yet.

Native sleep tracking may finally arrive

Sleep tracking might be coming natively to the device. Apple acquired Sleep sensor Beddit, a tracker that sits right underneath your mattress back in 2017. The rumor that Apple could incorporate this two devices into one another might be a good thing.

So the inclusion of a Sleep Watch might be a great thing and not to forget about the accidental mention through a screenshot of Apple’s preinstalled Alarm app in the App Store. The image was spotted by a reader of MacRumos back in October, and has since been removed.

By using third-party services, users of the Apple Watch can access sleep tracking but implementing it right into the core of the watch system will be a big improvement that will also impact on the device’s battery life.

This would likely drain the battery much faster. It’s in the company’s best interest to solve this issue soon though; many Apple Watch competitors like Fitbit and Samsung have had it on their devices for years.

More health features are coming

Wellness applications will continue to expand throughout the device’s ecosystem with bthe biggest feature being the SPO2 tracking which is going to measure the level of Oxygen in your blood and alert you in case there’s any abnormal count.

The Apple Watch already does something similar with heart rate, and alerts you if it detects an abnormally high, low or irregular heart rhythm.

The current sensors on the Apple Watch 5 won’t be able to do just this and so there could be need for other type of sensors such as the Pulse Oximeter but implementing it right within the current hardware might not be easy.

Other health rumors include glucose and blood-pressure monitoring on the next Apple Watch, but these could be further off. 

Parental controls coming to new IOS  

The next big thing on the Watch 6 includes a more better parental control which is also rumored to come on the iOS 14 which will allow two Apple Watches to be setup on a single iPhone which can allow parents to keep tabs on their kids but not to buy them an iPhone.


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Latest iOS 14 leaks include new fitness app, expanded Pencil support, and more




Yesterday 9to5Mac posted details of several new features it found in supposed unreleased iOS 14 code, and now MacRumors is adding to the deluge of leaks in a series of posts. It’s not clear that every one of these features pertains to iOS 14 specifically, but they do all sound like the sort of thing that could accompany a major software upgrade from Apple.

First up is a new fitness app codenamed “Seymour” and possibly to be called Fit or Fitness in its shipping form. It’s said to be a standalone app targeting iOS 14, watchOS 7, and tvOS 14, rather than a replacement for the current Activity app. The new app reportedly lets you download fitness videos with different workouts and activities that you can perform as the Apple Watch tracks your session, potentially expanding the types of exercise that the Watch is able to be used for.HANDWRITING RECOGNITION SET FOR APPLE PENCIL?

iOS 14 is also set to include a new API called PencilKit that allows the Apple Pencil to be used in more situations. It allows for handwriting recognition and conversion in regular text input fields, which isn’t currently a standard feature; MacRumors says it’ll let you use the pencil to enter text in apps like Messages, Mail, Calendar, and others. Third-party developers will apparently get some form of access to PencilKit, too.

iMessage may also get some new features in iOS 14, though none of them sound like much more than what is already standard UI in many other chat apps. Apple is reportedly testing features like @-tagging contacts in group chats, unsending messages, a /me status update function, and the ability to mark messages as unread. MacRumors cautions that these tweaks are only in testing and may not see release.

Finally, MacRumors has some details on Apple’s long-rumored object-tracking tags. They’re set to be called AirTags, a name that has come up before, and are likely to use CR2032 button batteries. Pulling a tab on the AirTag activates it, according to the report, and then it can be paired with an iPhone or iPad by bringing it close. MacRumors notes, however, that this is based on an AirTag prototype, and points out that Apple Watch-style inductive charging has also been rumored.

9to5Mac’s Apple leaks, meanwhile, include details on new features for watchOS 7improved mouse support in iPadOS, blood oxygen monitoring for the Apple Watch, and further signs that Apple plans to release its own over-ear headphones.


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iPhone 9 possibly launching soon as Apple enters final stage of production




Apple fans the world over are excited to see what the company has in store for its iPhone line this fall, but before the iPhone 12 makes its way to store shelves, a much cheaper smartphone is expected to be unveiled. Over the past few months, rumors of an iPhone SE 2 (or iPhone 9, as some reports have called it) have been spreading like wildfire. We have seen rendersspecifications, and even an early preorder campaign for the unannounced phone, but according to the Taiwanese publication DigiTimes, an official unveiling might finally be in sight.

Citing industry sources, DigiTimes reports that the iPhone 9 has entered its “final phase of verification” in China. Here is the blurb from the report, which is all that we have to go on at the time of writing:

Apple will soon introduce a new LCD iPhone series, dubbed tentatively SE2, which has recently entered the final phase of verification at an assembly plant in Zhengzhou, China, according to industry sources.

The iPhone 9 was expected to be unveiled during Apple’s semi-annual spring event, which has taken place in March of every year since 2018. That might still end up being the case, but with nearly every major conference and gathering in the tech industry and beyond being postponed or canceled on account of the coronavirus outbreak, it seems highly possible that Apple will follow suit and avoid sticking dozens of people in a room together.

That said, if production of the iPhone 9 is indeed wrapping up, Apple may instead announce the phone via a press release, as it did for a variety of new devices in 2017. It might not be quite as compelling as a press conference, but there’s no point in waiting around if the product is nearly ready to ship to consumers.

Rumors suggest the iPhone 9 will have a similar design to that of the iPhone 8, with a 4.7-inch LCD display and a Home button with Touch ID. Internally, the CPU will be upgraded to the same A13 that can be found in the iPhone 11 series, while the RAM will be increased to 3GB. Prices are expected to start at $399.


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