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Thanks to Qualcomm, $80 quad-core Windows 10 smartphones are possible

Pushed to the wall by MediaTek and Spreadtrum’s low-cost chip competitiveness, the San Diego-based semiconductor giant reportedly “cooperates with Microsoft closely” to deliver a killer dirt-cheap Snapdragon 210 solution for Windows 10 handhelds. It’s no big secret Snapdragon 810’s failures have badly harmed Qualcomm’s high-end mobile reputation this year. Meanwhile,

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Microsoft should stick to Lumia phones for at least two more years, sources say

Despite another massive round of mobile-related layoffs, a walloping write-down and reorganization of its product roster, Microsoft can’t afford to abandon the smartphone ship just yet, according to Bloomberg. Rumors are swirling about the next step in Redmond’s Lumia brand transformation, as roughly 80 percent of the defunct Nokia’s employees

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