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Even though Mobile World Congress doesn’t kick off for another few days, Samsung isn’t wasting any time in getting started. This morning the company is announcing their latest generation high-end ARM SoC, the Exynos 8895. Their first in-house 10nm SoC, the company isn’t talking about what it will go in, but based on the context of the announcement it’s a safe bet we’re looking at the SoC for at least some SKUs of the next Galaxy S phone. While Samsung has been in the SoC game with the Exynos series for a number of years now, it’s been in the last few years that they’ve really cemented their positon as a market leader at the high-end. Thanks in part to the company’s 14nm process, the...

Performance & Battery Life Report: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 with MediaTek Helio X20

As a member of Xiaomi’s more affordable Redmi series, the Note 4 does not have a curved screen, a ceramic body, or the latest flagship hardware like Xiaomi’s more...

24 by Matt Humrick 2 days ago

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon X20 LTE Modem & New RF Front-End Modules For Mobile Devices

Qualcomm announced its first LTE Advanced Pro modem, the X16 LTE, last February, supporting downlink speeds of up to 1.0 Gbps. Today the company announced its second-generation gigabit class...

16 by Matt Humrick 4 days ago

HTC to Exit Entry-Level Phone Market Later This Year

In the highly competitive smartphone industry it’s easy enough to make a name for yourself, but it’s a lot harder to make a profit while doing so. Apple and...

27 by Ryan Smith on 2/17/2017

NVIDIA Releases Android 7.0 Update for SHIELD Tablet

A couple of weeks back NVIDA released their Android 7.0 “Nougat” update for their original SHIELD TV. Now this week their other SHIELD devices are getting in on the...

27 by Ryan Smith on 2/11/2017

Netgear Nighthawk M1: LTE Cat 16 Router up to 1 Gbps

Netgear this week announced the Nighthawk M1 mobile router, which is the industry’s first 4G LTE device with download speed up to 1 Gbps. The Nighthawk M1 is powered...

47 by Anton Shilov on 2/2/2017

The Huawei Mate 9 Review

Huawei has steadily improved its flagship Mate phablets while adhering to the same blueprint: large screen, slim bezels, aluminum chassis, excellent system performance and battery life. They’ve also shared...

82 by Matt Humrick on 1/27/2017

Update: Xiaomi International VP Hugo Barra to Leave the Company, Join Facebook As VP of VR

Update 1/26: Wasting no time, Facebook has announced that Hugo Barra is joining the company as the Vice President of their VR division, puting him in charge of the...

21 by Ryan Smith on 1/26/2017

Samsung Reveals Root Cause of Galaxy Note7 Battery Fires

Samsung held a press conference today detailing the results of its investigation into the battery fires that plagued its Galaxy Note7. Reports of phones catching fire appeared soon after...

91 by Matt Humrick on 1/23/2017

United States FTC Charges Qualcomm with Antitrust Violations over Cellular Modem Patents & Technology

Qualcomm’s legal problems are growing. This afternoon the United States Federal Trade Commission, which has been investigating Qualcomm for possible anti-trust issues since 2014, has moved on to the...

39 by Ryan Smith on 1/17/2017

Synaptics at CES 2017: Advanced Touch and DDIC

To some extent, Synaptics is not nearly as visible to consumers as a company like Intel or Qualcomm, but their role in touch interfaces and display driver ICs is...

4 by Joshua Ho on 1/17/2017

HTC Announces New Phones For U: HTC U Play and HTC U Ultra

HTC added two new smartphones to its lineup today: the HTC U Play and HTC U Ultra. Both phones use an aluminum frame paired with a curved glass back...

36 by Matt Humrick on 1/12/2017

SK Hynix Announces 8 GB LPDDR4X-4266 DRAM Packages

SK Hynix on Monday officially announced the industry’s first 8 GB LPDDR4X (LP4X) packages for next-generation mobile devices. The new memory chips not only increase DRAM performance but also...

4 by Anton Shilov on 1/11/2017

Keyssa at CES 2017: Design Wins, Prototypes, Refinement

Keyssa is no longer a new name, but this year at CES 2017 they provided some interesting progress updates and also provided a sneak peek at some fairly interesting...

3 by Joshua Ho on 1/10/2017

SCiO Molecular Sensor Added to Smartphone: Reads Chemical Composition of Materials

I first saw Consumer Physics’ SCiO handheld scanner a couple of years ago and was impressed by its ability to identify materials by scanning and analyzing their chemical composition...

19 by Matt Humrick on 1/9/2017

ASUS Announces ZenFone AR and ZenFone 3 Zoom

ASUS recently announced two new smartphones: the ZenFone AR and ZenFone 3 Zoom. Each phone has an array of cameras that provide advanced imaging features such as simulated depth...

16 by Matt Humrick on 1/6/2017

CES 2017: Ambarella Booth Tour

As usual, this year Ambarella had a number of interesting announcements and demos to show off. At a high level, the important announcements for this year are the H3...

0 by Joshua Ho on 1/6/2017

Kopin at CES 2017: 2K120 VR, Whisper Voice Recognition

If you’ve never heard of Kopin before, you’re probably like most people. Going into CES I had no idea what Kopin was, but it turns out that they’re actually...

5 by Joshua Ho on 1/6/2017

CES 2017: Xiaomi (Not) Live Blog

I'm here at Xiaomi's “A Glimpse Into The Future” CES 2017 press conference, where the company will be announcing at least one new product. This is Xiaomi’s first time presenting...

20 by Matt Humrick on 1/5/2017

Coolpad Announces Conjr: Affordable 5-inch Smartphone

Today at CES 2017, Coolpad announced a new low-cost smartphone. The Conjr has a 5-inch 720p IPS LCD display and an aluminum unibody construction. A capacitive fingerprint scanner is...

18 by Matt Humrick on 1/5/2017

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