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Qualcomm zooms in on UHD video with Snapdragon 855 chip

It was inevitable that the media would focus on the AI aspects of Qualcomm’s just-launched Snapdragon 855 mobile chip and, of course, on headline performance improvements over predecessors, but the greatest interest for us lay in its vision processing features. These promise to give smartphones the kind of video manipulation and enhancement until recently confined to high end cameras costing up to $100,000, well beyond all but the most affluent or dedicated consumers. Qualcomm should not get too much credit, since advanced image and video processing features are also being implemented by other chip makers. These include Nvidia, Huawei and also Apple whose latest A13 chip is being made exclusively by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). There is a trend…

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