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Qualcomm introduced a modest upgrade to its Snapdragon 710 chipset platform today: the new Snapdragon 712 boosts performance a bit — up to 10 percent, the company claims —and is meant to optimize battery longevity. By and large, the Snapdragon 712 remains very similar to the 710: it’s an upper-tier chipset that slots in between the flagship 845 / 855 and the 600-series chips we’re used to seeing in midrange budget phones. Like the 710, the 712 is built on a 10nm process. It retains the same octa-core CPU and GPU, but the clock speed has been bumped up to 2.3Ghz from 2.2Ghz. There’s also Quick Charge 4+, which Qualcomm says can charge a phone from empty to 50 percent in 15 minutes. The X15 LTE model inside is also unchanged, which speaks... Continue reading…