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Qualcomm announces three chips for midrange and affordable markets

Coming to phones later this year

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For smartphone pundits, a processor presents the most accurate way to determine a phone’s power on paper. As such, shoppers are always on the hunt for the highest specs they can find.

Pushing the boundaries even further, Qualcomm has launched three new chipsets for its midrange and entry-level series.

For the midrange market, the Snapdragon 600 series is getting the new Snapdragon 632. Meanwhile, the affordable Snapdragon 400 series will get both the Snapdragon 439 and 429.

With the new additions, Qualcomm is infusing high-end capabilities into the affordability markets. More specifically, the company touts increased performance, battery life, and AI capabilities with the new chips.

Positioned towards the midrange market, the Snapdragon 632 boosts processing speeds and graphics performance by up to 40 percent. The included Kyro 250 CPU and Adreno 506 GPU increase their phones’ affinity for mainstream gaming.

Additionally, phones infused with the Snapdragon 632 can now support cameras with up to 24 megapixels. Finally, the chipset supports faster connectivity with a new X9 LTE modem.

Meanwhile, the new Snapdragon 439 and 429 inject AI capabilities into the affordable market. The new feature touts improvements for a phone’s cameras, security, and accessibility. For performance, the new chipsets promise an increase of up to 25 percent.

On the graphics side, the Snapdragon 439’s Adreno 505 boasts up to a 20 percent increase in graphics rendering. On the other hand, the Snapdragon 429’s Adreno 504 increases graphics performance by up to 50 percent.

With the new chips, the affordable market can now support cameras with up to 21 megapixels.

Following the announcements, Qualcomm expects the first devices with the new chips by the end of the year.

SEE ALSO: The new Snapdragon 710 promises flagship specs for midrange phones

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Here’s why your Samsung phone got a mysterious ‘1’ message

Samsung responds to the issue

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If own a Samsung phone, you might have received a mysterious “1” message yesterday. Don’t panic. Despite the strange origin of the message, hackers aren’t trying to get into your nudes. Samsung has confirmed a blooper on its end.

If you don’t own a Samsung phone, here’s a quick rundown of what happened. Sometime during the night, Samsung devices received a notification from the Find My Mobile feature. The notification simply said “1 1.” As the name suggests, the feature helps users locate their device if it gets lost or stolen. Naturally, a cryptic message from an emergency feature is bound to raise a few eyebrows.

According to Samsung, internal developers were working on the feature at the time. The message was an internal test that was never meant to cross over to real phones. Somehow, it did — and on a global scale, too.

On Samsung’s official tweet, the company claims that it has affected a limited number of devices. However, the incident’s scope is anything but limited. Reports have popped up from the United States to the Philippines.

Regardless, Samsung assures users that the mistake is not affecting devices negatively. However, some users are claiming that their phones ate up a significant amount of battery soon after the message.

At the very least, the message is inherently harmless. Clicking on the notification yielded no outright effects. You can rest easy for now.

SEE ALSO: Samsung says the Galaxy Z Flip’s display is definitely glass

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Tesla’s Autopilot saves family from deadly accident

Eight people were saved overall

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It’s not often that you hear a story about Tesla’s Autopilot saving lives from deadly mishaps. However, that’s what exactly happened in the UK last Saturday. Tesla’s Autopilot function literally saved eight people from a falling tree which could have resulted to their deaths.

The whole accident happened while a powerful storm ravaged the UK’s countryside. Laurence Sanderson, the man behind the wheel of a Tesla Model X, was driving when a large tree suddenly fell due to strong winds. In an interview with Mirror UK, Sanderson said he was unable to react on time.

Luckily though, Tesla’s Autopilot function kicked in and automatically applied brakes. While the tree did considerable damage, it could have totally crushed the car if not for that function. Laurence, his wife, and his three kids were saved by Tesla’s technology.

And by chance, the technology also saved three people in a separate Tesla Model X. Josh Whitelock was driving the other Tesla in the opposite direction when the tree fell towards their car. As with the other Tesla, this car’s Autopilot function kicked in and saved him, his girlfriend, and his mother from death.

The two Tesla Model X involved in the accident | Image by Mirror UK

All in all, Tesla’s Autopilot literally saved eight people. While the function is still far away from enabling a true driverless experience for Tesla owners, they can rest assured that their car’s Autopilot works on keeping lives away from harm.

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Samsung says the Galaxy Z Flip’s display is definitely glass

Thin, but definitely glass

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Following this take down by JerryRigEverything, people have started to question whether the display on the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is really glass. Samsung says it certainly is.

Speaking to CNET, a Samsung Display representative says the glass is 30 microns (0.03mm) and is “produced using an intensifying process to enhance its flexibility and durability.” Samsung then injects a “special material” to achieve a certain durability.

The company didn’t elaborate on what the special material is but said that it helps make the glass “tough, yet tender.” The glass, Samsung says, is supplied by a company called Schott.

Schott has been in the glass business for nearly three decades. The company also confirmed to CNET that they deliver ultra-thin glass to Samsung.

Glass for sale

Samsung is so confident with the glass they developed for the Galaxy Z Flip that they’re even selling it to competitors. Dubbed as Ultra-Thin Glass (or UTG), it’s up for grabs to anyone who wants to buy it.

Will this help push the foldable tech forward? We’ll have to wait and see.

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