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Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC with Wi-Fi 7, smarter image processing and more

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Today, Qualcomm officially unveiled the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor for 2023’s flagship smartphones. The new-gen mobile platform comes with the most advanced features and technologies to provide premium smartphone users with the best performance.

The new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 mobile platform focus on better and more efficient performance for AI-related tasks. It has a new modem designed for optimal performance from 5G networks and supports Wi-Fi 7 and gets smarter image processing.

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Furthermore, compared to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, the Gen 2’s Kryo CPU includes a prime core based on the Arm Cortex-X3 clocked at 3.2GHz. It carries four performance cores clocked at 2.8GHz (one more than last year) and three efficiency cores clocked at 2.0GHz – all between 200 and 300MHz faster than last year’s hardware.

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The company claims that the CPU of this processor is up to 35% faster than the previous generation, with up to 40% power savings. Similarly, the Adreno GPU is 25% faster with 45% better power efficiency. The entire chip is built on a 4nm process, just like the Gen 1.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2:

Groundbreaking AI:

The AI Engine includes the Qualcomm Hexagon processor, with revolutionary micro tile inference and faster tensor accelerators, for up to 4.35×1 faster AI performance than its predecessor. It further supports INT4 precision that boosts performance-per-watt by up to 60% for continuous AI inference.

Champion-level gameplay:

The new-gen Qualcomm Adreno GPU drives up to 25% faster graphics rendering. Its full arsenal of Snapdragon Elite gaming features adds unmatched realism, including the industry standard for real-time hardware-accelerated ray tracing, which delivers authentic lighting, reflections, and illumination for desktop-level gaming experiences.

Ingenious capture:

The Qualcomm Spectra equips an 18-bit Triple Cognitive ISP and an Always-Sensing Camera with AI. It intelligently enhances every Snapdragon site experience. At the same time, capture incredible shots with up to 200MP single capture.

Accelerated performance:

The Kryo CPU delivers 35% faster performance and 40% better power efficiency. Thanks to brand-new micro-architecture, which converts an efficiency core into an additional performance core to reach peak multi-threaded performance with speeds of up to 3.2GHz.

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Breakthrough 5G performance:

The Snapdragon X70 5G Modem-RF System is equipped with a Qualcomm 5G AI processor, Qualcomm Smart Transmit, and Qualcomm 5G PowerSave for the latest advancements in speed, coverage, and latency, plus range and link strength.

Record-breaking Wi-Fi 7:

The Qualcomm FastConnect 7800 is the first commercial Wi-Fi 7 with High Band Simultaneous (HBS) multi-link in mobile connectivity systems. The FastConnect 7800 delivers VR-class low-latency, up to 5.8 Gbps, more than twice the speed of Wi-Fi 6.

It also supports Dual Bluetooth, LE Audio and Snapdragon Sound with spatial audio for immersive audio experiences.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Snapdragon 8 Gen 2:

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor for all next year’s flagship smartphones has been announced but it’s likely that the company is developing another variant of the chipset that will be exclusive to Samsung Galaxy S23 series smartphones. Read complete story

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Google Play Store adds button to ask someone else for payment

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Google Play Store is rolling out a significant update regarding the app and in-app payment. Android’s native app market has a vast range of applications and games for free. However, there’s a paid app category as well, which users found worth buying as per their preference.

According to the info, the Google Play Store has added a button that lets you create a payment link while purchasing an app or in-app item. You can use this link to ask someone else for payment on your behalf. It’s starting to roll out in India, with expansion expected gradually.

The user who taps the button is warned that the person who’s paying has to know their full email address, and can see the item that’s being purchased. Notably, app developers don’t have to do any additional work to support Google Play’s new “ask someone else to pay for this item” button.

A system share sheet will be displayed to share the payment link through a range of apps and services. Once generated, the payment link will be valid for 24 hours. The payer will have to make successful payments within 24 hours to buy an app or in-app stuff for the sender.

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Samsung’s Sizing Kit will help you pick the perfect Galaxy Ring

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Samsung will be releasing its Galaxy Ring device in July this year. Potential consumers may have been concerned about picking their ideal size. Well, Samsung will likely offer a Sizing Kit that will be delivered before the Galaxy Ring so you can pick the size.

Earlier this year, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Ring at Mobile World Congress. As the formal release is scheduled for July, the company is already working on consumer convenience. As everyone doesn’t know their ideal ring size, Samsung prepared a pretty interesting hack.

Leaker EvanBlass revealed that Samsung would ship a Galaxy Ring Sizing Kit to potential buyers. If you are interested in purchasing a Galaxy Ring and unsure about the ring size, you will get a Sizing Kit upon ordering the Galaxy Ring and choosing the “I don’t know my size” option.

Once done, you will receive sample rings, letting you find the best size for your preferred finger. Later, you can pick the preferred size and confirm the order to get the Galaxy Ring delivered. It is expected that the Ring will be available in a total of 9 different sizes.

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Will Samsung launch Slim variants of Galaxy Z Flip 6, Z Fold 6?

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Samsung might launch Galaxy Z Flip 6 Slim and Galaxy Z Fold 6 Slip GalaxyClub reports. While the company is marching towards its July Unpacked, rumors about new Slim models are surfacing now.

RossYoung hints that Samsung might introduce a Galaxy Z Fold 6 Slim. It could have a larger display than the regular phone and lack S Pen support. This variant could hit the market later this year in the fourth quarter.

The Z Fold 6 Slim is model-numbered Q6 Slim, while there’s also a B6 Slim. B6 is the model number of the upcoming Z Flip 6, with Slim also expected. These rumors point out that the affordable foldables might be Slim.

At present, we don’t have any idea of the specifications of the Slim foldables. Earlier, it was reported that Samsung was heavily shocked by the reduced thickness of foldable phones released by Chinese vendors specifically Huawei.

It looks like the Korean tech giant has decided to trim some key specs in order to make foldables thinner. Those who want pro-grade specs would have option to go for strategic models, while Slim variants would extend the choice.

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