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Qualcomm launches the Snapdragon 870

Minor upgrade to the Snapdragon 865 series

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Qualcomm’s lineup is getting packed. Late last month, the company launched the Snapdragon 888 processor, potentially ending last year’s Snapdragon 865 series. Apparently, it’s not done with last year’s series yet. Today, Qualcomm launched the Snapdragon 870, a minor upgrade to the Snapdragon 865 and the Snapdragon 865 Plus.

Unlike the bombastic promise of the Snapdragon 888, the new Snapdragon 870 practically carries the same specs as the Snapdragon 865 series. However, it clocks in just a bit faster than last year’s series. While the Snapdragon 865 clocks in at only 2.84GHz, the new chipset clocks in at 3.2GHz. Meanwhile, the Snapdragon 865 Plus lags just a bit behind at 3.1GHz.

Given the identical specs, the Snapdragon 870 ekes out more life from last year’s processors. Though the Snapdragon 888 will certainly adorn this year’s top flagships, it will support flagship-tier smartphones that don’t want that extra oomph.

Unfortunately, Qualcomm’s lineup will surely get more confusing this year. Just remember: The Snapdragon 888 is for top-tier flagships (for now) and the Snapdragon 870 is for almost-top-tier flagships. Plus, since the company skipped quite a bit in the numbering system, Qualcomm can definitely develop more flagship-level processors between the Snapdragon 870 and the Snapdragon 888.

Soon after the announcement, Motorola confirms the first smartphone which will carry the new processor. The upcoming Edge S will launch on January 26.

SEE ALSO: Qualcomm acquires Nuvia and Apple’s ex-chief architect

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Corning announces durable glass for phone cameras

Called the DX and DX+ lineup

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Despite the evolution of smartphone glass durability, rear cameras are still soft spots for mobile devices. With enough sharp force, the smartphone’s rear camera can shatter, destroying its ability to take photos in the process. Corning is finally planning to address that issue with its DX and DX+ series.

Announced late last week, Corning is bringing its damage-resistant glass to smartphone cameras. Besides offering the company’s iconic durability, the DX and DX+ range will supposedly offer better optics for the camera as well. The glass can reportedly allow 98 percent of light into the camera’s sensor, reducing the usual camera issues such as ghost reflections.

Currently, some smartphone makers use anti-reflective coating to address optical issues. However, as any smartphone camera photographer can tell, issues can still happen especially in bright or low-light conditions.

Naturally, Corning’s claims are still unproven at this point. It will take an actual product before users can tell the difference. According to Corning, the DX and DX+ series will first ship out with upcoming Samsung devices. The company hasn’t listed the specific devices it’s coming to, though. However, if the timing is any indication, Samsung is set to host its next Galaxy Unpacked event on August 11. Will this be the first appearance of Corning’s new camera glass?

SEE ALSO: Corning’s new Gorilla Glass Victus can survive a 2 meter drop

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Huawei Mate X2 Review: The Better Foldable?

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Huawei introduced a different kind of foldable approach with the Mate X way back in 2019. But this year, they’re as similar as what you get with Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold2 and Xiaomi’s Mi Mix Fold.

While the Galaxy Z Fold2 showed various improvements over the uncanny Galaxy Fold, Huawei’s Mate X2 offers better outer display ratio, more robust durable hinge mechanism, and an almost crease-less display.

But which one is better? Head over to our Huawei Mate X2 review now!

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OPPO partners with Amazon for Web Security

OPPO looks to upgrade its cloud

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OPPO, one of the known phone manufacturers chose Amazon for its cloud storage system. The Amazon Web Services (AWS), is the world’s leading cloud service. With AWS, OPPO is now capable of providing smartphone users with secure data storage services. As a result, users can conveniently store photos, videos, contacts, notes, and
important data in the cloud.

To support this functionality, OPPO utilizes AWS’ global infrastructure in Singapore, France, and India to introduce the cloud-based services. This includes Amazon Aurora (a relational database built for the cloud) and Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3).

 Improved privacy

The latest ColorOS 11 is based on Android 11. The operating system helps ensure user security through features including OPPO’s Private System, Private Safe, and Personal Information Protection. Private System allows users to create a separate system account in which apps and data run independently of the original account.

With Private Safe, users can keep their important data private by securing the data within an encrypted space behind a password, making the data unavailable to apps that have access to other media.

For situations where apps require users to grant access to personal information, OPPO’s Personal Information Protection allows users to send out a blank data form to the app, and access the app without disclosing personal information.

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